Melvin Sutherland
1947 - 2020
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Melvin Sutherland, 73 years old, of Saint James, LA, was granted his angel wings on March 30, 2020. Melvin was born March 14, 1947 in New Orleans, LA to Adam and Enzerbell Southerland. On January 24, 1970, he married his high school sweetheart, Pastor Rita Geason Sutherland. During their 50 year marriage, they were blessed with 4 children (Melanie Winchester, Malana Sutherland, Melvin Sutherland, Jr., and Megan Joseph). Melvin was survived by his beloved family; wife, Pastor Rita Sutherland, of St. James, LA; 3 daughters, Melanie (Brian) Winchester of Laplace, LA, Malana Sutherland of Sorrento, LA, Megan (Marlon) Joseph of Houston, TX; 1 son, Melvin Sutherland, Jr. of St. James, LA; 2 grandchildren, Brejean and Brian Winchester, Jr.; 1 great grandson, Blaise Winchester; 2 sisters, Gloria Smith of St. James, LA, and Delores Lumar of St. James, LA; 1 brother, Adam Southerland, Jr of Baton Rouge, LA and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Melvin was preceded in death by his beloved mother and father Adam Sr. and Enzerbell Sutherland, and sister, Enzerbell Lumar. Due to the current health crisis, a private gravesite celebration will be held on Saturday, April 4, 2020 at St. James Catholic Church Cemetery. A memorial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers and food for repast, donations may be sent to: 5234 Barras Street, St. James, LA 70086. Bardell's Mortuary of Mt. Airy, LA in charge. Information: (985) 535-6837.

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Published in The Advocate from Apr. 1 to Apr. 4, 2020.
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April 6, 2020
Melvin was a nice person to get a long with and he love St James Wildcats football
Tc Bazile
April 6, 2020

My deepest condolences to you and your family. To have a father that you loved immensely is a blessing. May your memories of him bring you peace in a time of sorry. May God be with you and your family.
Andrea Johnson
April 3, 2020
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Pastor Smith
April 2, 2020
Condolences to the family and we're keeping you all in our Prayers ❤
April 2, 2020
My Condolences to the Southerland Family (Pastor Rita Southerland)know that God is in control RIP Melvin you will truly be missed
Shelia Davis
April 2, 2020
Prayers goes out deeply to Pastor Sutherland and fly Melvin was a great person, we all will miss him, praying for flu
ERMA Spooner
April 1, 2020
I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to the Sutherland Family, will be Praying For the Family.
Charles Ispy
April 1, 2020
Rest in Heaven Unc. You have gained your wings. Praying with and for my family. May God strengthen you all through this difficult time.
Angela W
April 1, 2020
Take Your Rest Melvin You will be Miss Im Praying for the Family
Sheila Martin
April 1, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Thelma R
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