Rayford Kenneth Suggs, 79, of New Smyrna Beach, FL, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 6, 2021 at his summer home in Conesus, NY.
Born in Sanford, NC, he was the son of the late Herbert Suggs and mother, Maggie Stewart Knuckles. He is also preceded in death by a sister, Ann McCall; a brother, Hubert Suggs, a sister, Sylvia Raymond; and a brother, Roderick Knuckles.
Mr. Suggs is survived by the mother of his children, Rosemarie Suggs of Princeton, WV; a son, Ronald Suggs and his wife Shelly of Edenton, NC, two daughters, Sandra Suggs of New Smyrna Beach, FL and Brenda Dillon of Princeton, WV; two brothers, Archie Lee Suggs, Sr. of Fayetteville, and John Arnold Knuckles and wife Paulette of Fayetteville; one sister, Lynda Knuckles Pence of Ft. Mill SC; sister-in-law, Edith Marie Suggs; 4 grandchildren, Kelsey Dixon and her husband Kris of Philadelphia, PA, Celina Houston of Cashiers, NC, Abby Wood and her husband John of Walkertown, NC and Adam Suggs of Bermuda Run, NC; three great grandsons, Ryker Houston, Judah Dixon and Lukah Dixon, and several nieces and nephews. He was also survived by a loving companion, Betty Hook of Edgewater, FL.
Mr. Suggs served in the US Army, driving an armored personnel carrier in West Germany. He completed his military service as a Private Spec 4 stationed in Ft. Lewis, Washington. After the military, he was trained as a sewing machine mechanic. He worked in many sewing factories in rural NC and Virginia. His last career position was plant manager for Franklin Undergarment in Franklin, NC. He loved traveling and the outdoors, especially fishing and spending time with his animals. He was a loving father, grandfather and great grandfather.
The family will have a one hour visitation beginning at 11:00 AM, Sunday, August 15, 2021 with a funeral service following at 12:00 PM at Pinecrest Funeral & Cremation Services in Hope Mills, NC. Burial will follow in Hodges Chapel Cemetery located at 780 Hodges Chapel Road in Benson, NC.