As many of you may already know our industry lost a great Warrior on Sunday, October 4th. James nelson Sudderth, SGM, US Army (Ret) was struck very suddenly by a heart attack. He labored tirelessly and friends have told me that they were working with him as late as Saturday. I met Jim when he assumed the position of the Director of Sales for Source One Distributors but his service goes much further. He served for over 20 years in the US Army rising to the rank of Sergeant Major and serving in the most elite of our forces including 82d Airborne Division, 1st Ranger Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, and 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta. Jim is featured in the book, “Six Minutes to Freedom” detailing the rescue Kurt Muse rescue.
After his retirement he managed the Counter Terrorism Support Project from his home base in Las Vegas as well as in key management positions with several organizations including Bechtel and the University of Nevada. Unfortunately, Soldier Systems Daily is too small a space to capture a man’s life, his accomplishments, and to truly articulate how he touched other’s lives.
He will be missed.
Jim is survived by his two sons Kenny Sudderth and Riley Sudderth, mother Ann, father James, and brother Asa.
There will be a Memorial Service held Saturday at 4:00 PM, Saturday, October 10th, 2009 at the Palms West Funeral Home. For those wishing to donate in memorial to Jim we suggest one of these two causes:
James Patrick â€œRileyâ€ Sudderth – Education Trust or The American Heart Association.