Fredrick Douglas Suitt, age 81 returned to his heavenly father on Sunday, May 7th, 2023, at Lakeview hospital in Bountiful, Utah.. He was born in Durham, North Carolina on June 9, 1941. He was the son of the late Fredrick and Hattie Suitt. Fredrick had two younger siblings by the name of Carolyn Suitt and Michael Suitt. Fredrick and his family attended Church at Mount Gilead Baptist church. Fredrick was raised and educated in North Carolina. He graduated from Hillside High school in 1959, and later joined the United States Airforce from 1960-1964, he then was honorably discharged from Griffiss Air force Base. Upon his honorable discharge, he relocated to Utica, New York.
At one time, he was wed to the late S.A Freeman and in the year 1965 they gave birth to their baby boy Gregory Hamilton Suitt. Fred and S.A Freeman later went their separate ways, and he moved further south of Utica and landed in Poughkipsie, New York. During that time frame, Fred started working for IBM.
He then met the late Ernastine Boone, and they began their life journey together. Fred and Ernastine had two children together, in 1974 they gave birth to their daughter Shekinah Suitt and in 1976 they gave birth to their son Rahsaan Suitt. After 25 years, Fred retired from IBM and moved on, to Marris University, where he worked as security. He worked for Marris University for 20 years before he entered his second retirement.
Later on in life Fred gave his life over to the lord and joined Beulah Baptist Church of Poughkipsie, New York. On Aug 16, 2000, he was ordained as a Deacon in the ministry, where he began to serve for Pastor Bottoms and First lady Bottoms. Fred was a faithful member of the church and loved to participate in all church events and activities. In the year of 2017, Fred decided to take a leap of faith and relocate to Layton, Utah, where he was reunited with his eldest son Gregory Suitt and his wife Lisa and their family.
Amongst his time here in Utah, Fred joined True Vine Baptist church under Past Lamar T Jackson and First lady Sheila Jackson. He also served as a deacon at true vine Baptist church and became more than just a deacon but more like family. Fred had a strong relationship with the lord and loved to educate and encourage others to begin their own relationship with the lord.
His greatest joy was music, he had a love for jazz and gospel. In his spare time Fred enjoyed reading and collecting books as well as traveling. Fred had a collection of cookbooks because he truly enjoyed a good southern home cooked meal. He always said a home cooked southern meal is good for the soul. Fred loved his children, Grandchildren and great Grandchildren, each and every one held a special place in his heart. He touched many hearts along the way of his journey of life.
He is survived by his 3 children, Gregory (Lisa) Suitt, Shekinah Suitt, Rahsann Suitt, 9 grandchildren, Latasha Suitt, Chante’ Suitt, Keyerra Suitt, Shyhiem James, Destiny James, Abdurrahim Reese, Sekinah Reese, Yusuf Reese and Emannuel Johnson and 3 great grandchildren, Jonathan Jackson, Javi’on Suitt Fox and Ty’mera Dorsett.
The Family would like to give a special thanks to true Vine Baptist church and their members who assisted with helping Fred and extended their hearts and hands when he needed it most.
Funeral services will be held Friday June 9, 2023, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at True Vine Baptist Church, 197 W 100 S, Kaysville, Utah 84037. Friends may visit with family from 11:00 to 12:15 p.m. at the church. Fred will then be transported to Halloway Mortuary in Durham North Carolina, where he then will be laid to rest at Glen View Cemetery in Durham, North Carolina.
Services will be live-streamed by going to www.lindquistmortuary.com and scrolling to the bottom of Frederick's obituary page.