Suttie Economy

Suttie "Sunny" Economy

Saturday, October 31, 1925 - Friday, May 7, 2021
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Suttie “Sunny” Economy, 95, of Salem, Virginia, was born Charles Buda on October 30, 1925 on Church Avenue in Roanoke, Virginia, the son of Virginia Kosma Michele Buda and John Lucas Buda. Suttie passed away peacefully on Friday, May 7, 2021, with his daughter by his side. He went to school with Annie Uldine Massey who became the love of his life and they were married in 1955. He told her that she would never have to work a day in her life.

Suttie was drafted in 1944 into the United States Navy. He served on the USS English DDS 696. He was a gang plank owner. The USS English was part of the 3rd and 5th Fleet and Suttie served in the ammunition and supply room. The USS English’s job was to protect larger vessels like aircraft carriers and to pick up downed airmen. He spent most of his time in the Pacific Theatre, Okinawa, Iwo Jima and in the Philippines. In May of 1945, during the Okinawa Campaign the crew aboard the USS English helped rescue many men. They escorted the heavily damaged USS Franklin and the USS Bunker Hill after the aircraft was hit by kamikaze attacks. They were the first ship in the Tokyo Bay at the end of the war. He visited the ruins of Nagasaki after the atomic bombs had been dropped. He was discharged on February 19, 1946. His second day back home he returned to help at this uncle’s restaurant.

Suttie and Annie owned and operated two restaurants, the Clover Lunch and Sun-Ann’s Restaurant. She worked side by side with her husband. Their only daughter, Della Ann Economy Bryant, was born in 1960.

He was a lifelong member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. Much of his later years have been dedicated to remembering veterans who have given their lives as the ultimate sacrifice for freedom. Many business cards have been handed out in remembrance of all veterans. He recommended that you read these books that pertain to the war. Those books are Halsey’s Typhoon, Danger’s Hour, and the Indianapolis. In addition, he has worked to help organize and maintain veteran’s memorials like Lee Plaza in downtown Roanoke. He is well known for handing out Juicy Fruit gum to all that he met.

Suttie was a very proud and patriotic veteran and believed that every citizen should take time to visit the war memorial and appreciate the cost that was paid by the veterans who sacrificed to give and allow us to keep our Liberty.

Suttie was preceded in death by his father, John Buda; mother, Virginia Economy; stepfather, Harry Economy; wife of 56 years, Annie Massey Economy; sisters, Annie Gilley and Mary Robertson; brother, George Buda; and nephews, Junior Robinson and William Bonnie Robinson.

Surviving are his daughter and son-in-law, Della and Mark Bryant; brothers, James Economy, Alex Economy, and John Economy; sister, Connie Jenkins; and numerous nephews and nieces.

The family would like to extend their special thanks to the VA Care Center, Salem EMS and Police Department, Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital Palliative Care, Good Samaritan Hospice, and Home Instead Health Care.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church conducted by Father Nikolaos Galanopoulos. Interment will follow in Evergreen Burial Park with Military Honors. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. on Monday, May 10, 2021, at Oakey’s Roanoke Chapel where the Trisagion Service will be held at 7 p.m. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.oakeys.com.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 30 Huntington Blvd., NE, Roanoke, VA 24012.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, May 10, 2021 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Monday, May 10, 2021 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Oakey's Roanoke Chapel
    318 W. Church Ave SW
    Roanoke, VA 24016
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  • Chruch Service

    Tuesday, May 11, 2021 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, May 11, 2021 11:00am
    Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
    30 Huntington Blvd NE
    Roanoke, VA 24012
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Father Nicholas Galanopoulos


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Ken Wood

Posted at 10:37am
I met Mr Economy at one of the services at the Lee Memorial on Memorial Day! He made an impression on me as I know he did many others! As a fellow veteran and proud American I wish to express my sympathy to the family for sharing him with the community! I will miss seeing him and may he Rest in Peace🇱🇷🙏

Ken Wood

Sherry George DeHart

Posted at 06:31pm
I will miss our long talks, memories and hugs. I will miss you very much Mr. Economy!

john richardson

Posted at 10:13am
I am so sorry for your loss. I will miss Suttie, as for at least the last 5 to 6 years until lately he visited everyday in the Lobby of the Roanoke Times . We would met at Mission Barbecue , Sam's club for a bite . I will miss his stories , how funny he was when he told them . He was a good friend to me and I will always remember you Suttie . I appreciate the time we had , many things you've said will always be remembered by me . Your with God now. Thank you Suttie for all you meant to us .

John Richardson

Your Friend , John Richardson

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