Robert W. Sutherland

March 18, 1963 - October 4, 2012

03/18/1963 - 10/04/2012

Robert Wayne Sutherland, 49, born March 18, 1963, lifelong Peninsula resident, died Oct. 4, at Riverside hospital.
Robert was the owner and operator of Agape Christian Bookstore. He was also a local umpire for fast pitch and slow pitch leagues in Newport News, York County and Williamsburg areas. He was a lifelong member and deacon of Riverside Baptist Church and a member of First Church Ministries.
He is survived by his wife of 4 years, Delores Krug Sutherland; his parents Bob and Peggy Sutherland, two sisters Becky Sutherland and Deborah and brother-in-law, Steve Petrovitch and one nephew, Cameron, as well as, close extended family in Virginia. His mother-in-law, Betty Krug, and a large extended family in Illinois.
Family will receive friends at Riverside Baptist Church 7409 River Road, Newport News, VA 23607 from 5:30-8:30pm on Tues., Oct. 9. The funeral will be Oct. 10 at Riverside Baptist Church at 10:30 am. Burial will follow at Peninsula Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made out to Robert Sutherland Memorial. Mail to: PSUA, PO Box 1844, Newport News, VA 23601.
Riverside-Altmeyer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Third Baptist Church - Hampton, VA 23661
7 years ago

“We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 5:8

To: The Family of the Late Deacon Robert W. Sutherland

From: Pastor R. L. Addison – Third Baptist Church, Hampton, VA & Church Family

It is with deep sympathy and tenderness of heart that we, your Christian friends and co-laborers in Christ at Third Baptist Church, Hampton, VA, express our sincere sympathy to you in the death of your loved one, we are hoping that it will, in some degree, give you some comfort in such dark hours as these, which are yours at this time.

The passing of your loved one is the will of God, and yet, there is a human tie that has been broken, which bleeds the heart. You will find comfort and consolation in the words of Jesus who said: “Cast your burden on Him, for earth hath no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal.”

Lift up your head and be strong.

God saw and He knows; therefore, we commend you to Him who is able to comfort and cheer and; He will dry your tears and heal your broken heart if you will put your unwavering faith in Him.

Your Christian friends are praying for you; you must also pray, for time and prayer will bring you relief. Make God your hope and look up to the hills from whence cometh your help.

May God bless you and give you strength and courage.

Sympathetically yours,

Third Baptist Church, Hampton, VA

Pastor R. L. Addison & Church Family

Dean & Patricia Bye
7 years ago

Dearest Delores,

Your Canadian family join you in your grief and sorrow with the joy in knowing the Lord’s comfort is for you and family. We celebrate the truth that Robert’s life is eternal in Jesus Christ. May you experience the Lord’s abundant grace in days ahead.

Shalom with love,

Dean, Patti and family

Lesley DeVries
7 years ago


I’m so sorry for your loss. May God’s Peace comfort you and guide you through these difficult days.

Love, Lesley

Toby Thompson
7 years ago

Dee, my most sincere sympathy goes out to you and the family of your husband. I know that God is already keeping you lifted up and providing the peace that surpasses all understanding. All of St. Mark’s is grieving on your behalf. We love you and pray that God will bring you comfort during this very difficult time.

Nancy Mitchell Galliher
7 years ago

Deeply saddened to learn of the passing of your beloved Robert. Praying for you as you cherish the memories you have of his wonderful life

Jim /Judy Bigger
7 years ago

Delores We are so sorry, you are in our thoughts and prayers Jim and Judy

Loraine Hughes
7 years ago

Delores and entire Sutherland Family…my heart breaks for you all. I can only imagine the pain in your hearts but the joy of knowing that Robert is safe in the arms of Jesus. His life made a big difference to many people….remember the good times/things about him…cherish the love you shared and know that one day you WILL be reunited in heaven. God bless you all.

Terry & Karyl Harris
7 years ago

Delores, So sorry to hear of your husband’s death. We didn’t know him, but saw him with you many times at Grace. May God, and happy, loving memories of Robert help to comfort and heal your heart. Memories made in love are memories that last forever. With heartfelt sympathy, Terry & Karyl

Simonsea Fowler
7 years ago

I truly am sorry for your loss. I pray that God’s peace and comfort covers you and your family as you go through this time of mourning.

WOWC member/Chaplain

Ronnie Gilliam - Salem United Methodist Church
7 years ago

It is with a sad heart to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Ronnie Gilliam

Ed and Patti Correa
7 years ago

Our deepest sympathy to Robert’s family and his wife, Dee. He touched so many lives in so many ways. We will miss you Robert but know we will see you again. Sing those praises loud in glory Robert because we know how much you loved to sing to our Lord.

Dennis & Debra Fry
7 years ago

Our prayers are with the family during this time. Robert was a shining example of Christ’s love to everyone he met. Heaven’s gain is our loss and he will be greatly missed.

Mark Waggoner
7 years ago

To the family of Robert Sutherland:

I’ve been a customer since the “Bible & Book Center” on Dresden Drive when I was a teenager.

My thoughts & prayers are with his family.

Ed & Rita Bond
7 years ago

To the Sutherland Family,

Our hearts are heavy at the sudden loss of your precious Robert. He truly was a kind, loving person. We pray that Jesus wraps His loving arms around all of you.

We will keep you in our prayers.


Ed & Rita