Sonner Frank Faught, 93, of Sullivan, Indiana, passed away following a brief illness, on July 28, 2018 at Sullivan County Community Hospital. He was with family members at his passing.
Sonner was born on September 15, 1924 in Sullivan to Amos and Eva Grace (Sonner) Faught. Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Joann Faught, who he married on June 26, 1971; two daughters, Michelle of Spring, Texas and Margot of New York City; stepson, John Scott, Sullivan; grandchildren, Cindy (Rich) Stierwalt, Newburgh; Gina Scott, Sullivan; great-grandchildren, Alexa, Jackson,and Austyn Stierwalt, and Baylee Brummett. Also surviving is his sister Rachel Faught of Sullivan; special cousin, Margie Cox; and other cousins scattered across the country. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Elizabeth Alsman Faught, his sister, Abbie Faught, and granddaughter, Sarah Scott Brummett.
After graduating from Sullivan High School in 1942, Sonner served in the United States Army Air Corps with the 376th Bomber Group, stationed in North Africa and Italy. He returned home and worked for Hilgediek Plumbing and Heating, Sullivan Post Office and Amax Coal. Upon his retirement in 1985, he served his community and the organizations of which he was a member.
Sonner served on the Selective Service Board, was a Sullivan County Councilman for 34 years, organized the Sullivan County American Legion Honor Guard which conducted hundreds of military funeral services for veterans, and for 47 years, helped oversee the placement of American flags on the graves of veterans every Memorial Day. For the past six years, he organized a Fourth of July program on the square to honor as he said, “the granddaddy of all of our holidays.”
Sonner was a member of the First Baptist Church. He was also a life member of the Sullivan American Legion #139 (74 years), BPOE #911, and Zorah Shrine as well being a member of the Sons of the American Legion #139, VFW #2459, Masonic Lodge #263, Eastern Stars #188, Terre Haute Scottish Rite, Sullivan County Scottish Rite, Sullivan County Shrine Club, and Sullivan Moose Lodge.
Sonner was honored for his community service by many groups over the years -- awards of distinction were the Sagamore of the Wabash Award presented in November 2002, the American Legion Department of Indiana Distinguished Service Award for 69 Years of Leadership awarded in July 2013, and was selected for the Distinguished Alumni Award for Southwest High School Alumni Association in September 2013.
Sonner loved his family, his country, and working for his community. He was passionate in his encouragement of recycling. He was truly an outstanding example of the “greatest generation.”
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 31 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Sullivan First Baptist Church at 106 North Wolfenberger. The funeral will also be held at the church on Wednesday, August 1 at 11:00 a.m. There will be military graveside rites by the Sullivan, Shelburn, Hymera Legion Posts and the Sullivan VFW post. Burial will follow in the Center Ridge Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that contributions may be made to Sullivan American Legion Honor Guard, Sullivan First Baptist Church, or the Indiana Military Museum in Vincennes, Indiana. Envelopes will be available at the visitation and service. Arrangements were entrusted to Brust Funeral Home, Sullivan, Indiana.