William Howard “Buddy” Sutton was born on March 13, 1931, in Hope, Hempstead County, Arkansas.

Sutton graduated from Hope High School in 1949 . He received a B.S.B.A. from the University of Arkansas, where he distinguished himself as a Razorback football player. Sutton served in the United St ates Air Force for two years , then returned to the University of Arkans as Law S chool .

Upon graduating with a Juris Doctor in 1959 , Sutton began practicing law with Mehaffy, Smith & Williams law firm, now known as Friday, Eldredge & Clark , where he served as managing partner from 1994 until his retir ement in 2005. The Arkansas Bar Association named Sutton Outstanding Lawyer of the Year in 1990 . He served as p resident of the Pulaski Bar As sociation in 1992-1993 .

Sutton served on the University of Arkansas Board of Advisors, the Ouachita Baptist University's Board of Trustees , and numerous other boards. The William H. Sutton School of Social Sciences at Ouachita Baptist University is named for him . In 2001, Sutton was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame , which presents the William H. "Buddy" Sutton Meritorious Service Award in his honor each year. He was named the 2004 Easter Seals Arkansa n of the Year.

Sutton passed away on July 2, 2015.

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