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On July 15th, 2018 God in His infinite wisdom called Sheilda Lavern Burnette Sutton of Greensboro, NC to her heavenly home. Her funeral will be held 2:00PM  on Thursday, July 19, 2018 at Martins Chapel, 5043 Martin Chapel Church Rd, Mebane, NC. Visitations will start 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

She was born October 14, 1947 in Mebane, North Carolina to the late Dallas Shepard Burnette and Thelma Elizabeth Jefferies. She was educated in Orange County Public Schools.  After graduating High School, she attended North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC where she pursued a bachelor’s degree in Home Economics. Sheilda established her professional career with the Agricultural Extension Agency at North Carolina Agriculture and Technical State University.  During this time, she earned her master’s degree from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. Throughout her extended tenure with the Agricultural Extension Agency, she received a multitude of awards, acknowledgements and recognition. Prior to her retirement from the Agricultural Extension Agency, she touched many lives through various programs and services in which she provided to people spanning the state of North Carolina.

Loving her and forever cherishing her memory are her husband Fred Sutton; son, Sheldon “Jeff” McDowell; daughter-in-law, Tracy McDowell; stepsons, Terrence Howard and Mervin Sutton, along with a host of extended family members and close friends.

Woodard Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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  • Wednesday, July 18, 2018
    The staff off Woodard Funeral Home will continue to keep your family in our prayers.
    ~ Woodard Funeral Home
  • Wednesday, July 18, 2018
    My heartfelt prayers go out to the family and friends during this difficult time. I hope that the promise found in Hosea 13:14 can bring you some comfort. For more encouraging words please go to
    ~ Lynn
  • Saturday, July 21, 2018
    I am truly sorry for your loss. May the God who “binds up the broken-hearted” and comforts all who mourn sustain your family during this difficult time Isaiah 61:1,2. For more comforting words go to
    ~ Dorothy   Greensboro, NC
  • Saturday, July 28, 2018
    My brother George and I grew up with your dearest Sheila as her dad's farm and our dad's farm nearly joined each other on the Lynch Store Road. We will forever remember her fondly.
    ~ Iris Thompson Chapman   Mebane, NC
  • Monday, July 30, 2018
    We're sorry to hear about your recent loss. May you find strength from the words of Philippians 4:13 which says: "For all things I have the strength through the one who gives me power." What a loving God who cares about each one of us. He didn't intend for us to grow old and die. He thus has made the SURE promise of a resurrection right here on earth when it is restored to a beautiful paradise (Psalms 37:9-11, 29; Acts 24:15; Isaiah 55;11). Can you see yourself welcoming back to life your loved ones? What a joy it will bring all of us. You can go online to JW.ORG and find out more about this resurrection.
    ~ R&R Lopez
  • Wednesday, August 29, 2018
    With deepest sympathy to the family. We look forward to God's promise that He will wipe out tears, death, mourning, and pain.
    ~ Renee   NC