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Claretta J. Sulton

October 16, 1935 ~ May 22, 2022 (age 86)


Claretta Jones Sulton was born October 16, 1935, in West Columbia, South Carolina.  She was the beloved daughter of the late Theodore and Emma (Tillman) Jones, Sr. She was called home to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 22, 2022, in Columbia, South Carolina.

Claretta was educated in the public schools of Lexington County where she attended Lakeview School in West Columbia.  She was united in Holy Matrimony to Henry L. Sulton, Sr. (U. S. Army Retired), on November 10, 1950.  She traveled with her husband Henry as he served our country, and their union of love was blessed with the births of six children.

Claretta continued her education and earned her certification as a Nurse Technician where she was employed at Providence Hospital, Manor Care Nursing Home, and Baptist Hospital.  Prior to her retirement, Claretta worked as a private duty nurse for Kimberly Quality Care.  The same love and care that she gave to her family, she gave to her patients.

Claretta was a faithful member of Turner Memorial A. M. E. Church where she served on the Stewardess Board and was Chairperson of the Women’s Day Committee for five years.

Claretta was a loving and caring person who enjoyed cooking and helping others. While raising her family, and working full-time, Claretta cared for her in-laws and her parents until they went home to be with the Lord. Family was very important to her, and she was a devoted mother, caregiver and friend.

Mrs. Sulton was also preceded in death by her son, Gregory Dean Sulton; her sister, Essie Mae Reed; her brothers, Theodore, Jr., Willis (Billy) Douglas, Boyd (Grant) and George (Bay) Jones.

Those who will forever cherish Claretta’s memories are her children, Henrietta Sulton of Charlotte, NC; Arthur (Velma) Sulton of Columbia, SC; Henry (Sarah) Sulton of Blythewood, SC; Anthony Sulton of Sumter, SC; and Sandra L. Sulton of Columbia, SC; her brother, Charles E. (Mary) Jones of Lexington, SC; her sister-in-law, Leora Sulton of New Haven, MI; twelve grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchild; a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, a special friend and other loving relatives and dear friends, all of whom will dearly miss her.

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 Service Program


May 31, 2022

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home
2930 Colonial Drive
Columbia, SC 29203

Funeral Service
June 1, 2022

11:00 AM
Turner Memorial A.M.E. Church
1122 Monticello Street
West Columbia, SC 29169

Interment following funeral service

Fort Jackson National Cemetery
4170 Percival Road
Columbia, SC 29229

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