Here is the obituary for John Cleveland Sutphin.I'd be glad to share what I have on the Grindstaff side of this family.
"Elizabethton Star," Elizabethton, TN - Thursday, June 27, 1940 JOHN SUTPHIN DIES BY OWN HAND, RITES SET FRIDAY AT 1:30 John Cleveland Sutphin, age 54, well-known carpenter and woodworker of this city, was found dead about six o'clock last evening in he room at the Matherly boarding house on German avenue, a shot gun wound through the right side of his head.A .410-guage shot gun was nearby.Investigating officers agreed that death was due to a blast from the gun by his own hand. The carpenter, a life-long resident of this city, was last seen alive at the noon hour when he ate his lunch.When he failed to appear for supper, D. G. Matherly went to his room to awaken him, thinking he might be asleep.After failure to arouse him, he unlocked the door and entered the room.He found the body spawled on the floor.Officers were notified and investigated the death. He was a member of the Christian church and formerly was employed at one of the rayon plants. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Eliza Sutphin; one daughter, Mrs. Richard Bergman; four sons, Herman, Harry, Billy and Harold Sutphin, all of Elizabethton; three sisters, Mrs. Walter Britt, Unicoi, Miss Bonnie and Virginia Sutphin, of Ohio; seven brothers, Herbert Sutphin, Unicoi, Dewey Sutphin, Oregon, George, William, Joe and Arthur Sutphin, of Ohio; stepmother, Mrs. J. D. Sutphin, Cincinnati, Ohio. Funeral services will be conducted from the home at 401 Mill street Friday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock.Rev. J. J. Musick will be in charge, assisted by Rev. J. C. Howington and Rev. Reuben Carden.Burial will be int he Grindstaff Cemetery. Luther Hampton will be in charge of the music. Active pall bearers: Major R. C. Hathaway, Eugene Estep, MOnroe Winters, Wlater Brookshire, Wyle Roe, Fred Snodgrass, Bill Clark, Frank Estep. The body will be removed from the Roy Hathaway Funeral Home to the holme at 401 Mill Street this afternoon at two o'clock.