Omega Service and Funeral Arrangements for Brother Ozell Sutton

Alpha Phi Alpha will hold a national Omega Service in honor of 26th General President (1981-1984) Ozell Sutton [Pi Lambda, ‘50] on Monday, December 28, 2015, at 6:00 pm in the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. The Omega Service will occur immediately following tributes by other organizations. Brothers who will be in attendance should plan to arrive no later than 4:30 pm. A reception is planned immediately following the Omega Service.

Brother Sutton’s funeral services will be held at the Cascade United Methodist Church, 3144 Cascade Road, SW, Atlanta, GA, 30311 [(404) 691-5770] on Tuesday, December 29, 2015, at 11:00 am. During the funeral services, a section has been reserved for Alpha brothers and seating is extremely limited. Please arrive at the church by 10:00 am. Brother Sutton will be laid to rest at Westview Cemetery, 1680 Westview Drive, SW, Atlanta, GA 30310. We are encouraging brothers in the Metro-Atlanta, and surrounding areas to make a strong showing of support for these events. Brothers are expected to wear “Alpha Attire” (dark suit, white shirt and Alpha tie) to both events.

If you are unable to attend these services, please take the time to sign the official Omega Service Guest Booklet, which will be presented to the family of Brother Sutton on behalf of the fraternity. The link will be available until January 10, 2016.


The family requests that in lieu of flowers or any other support, please make contributions payable to the following;
Office of the President
Philander Smith College
900 Daisy Bates Drive
Little Rock, Arkansas 72202
(This is an official request by the family and supported by the fraternity.)

26th General President (1981-1984) Ozell Sutton [Pi Lambda ‘50] transitioned into Omega Chapter, Alpha Phi Alpha’s chapter of sweet rest, on December 19, 2015.

Brother Sutton, a community servant-leader and civil rights activist, was born on December 13, 1925, on a plantation in Gould, Arkansas. In 1944, Sutton became one of the first African-Americans to serve in the United States Marine Corps. After his service, Brother Sutton graduated from Philander Smith College in 1950 and went on to become the first black reporter for the white-owned publication Arkansas Democrat. In 1957, he served as one of the escorts for the Little Rock Nine and, in 1961, Sutton became director of the Arkansas Council on Human Relations. To learn more about Past General President Sutton, please click here.

Please pray for the family of 26th General President Ozell Sutton. It is because of brothers like him advocating for our communities that we are in fact the College of Friendship, the University of Brotherly Love and the School for the Better Making of Men.