1 death during Florence: A hunter keeping watch on his dogs
KINSTON, N.C. (AP) — Flooding was just one of the things that killed more than two dozen people in North Carolina after Florence hit last week. One man died trying to help his dogs.
Family members say 77-year-old Bennie Lee Sutton apparently fell and died of a heart attack in a field next to his backyard dog kennel. Sutton’s wife Marian says the dogs were howling and barking as the hurricane approached the coast about 70 miles from their home outside Kinston. She says the avid hunter and outdoorsman spent the stormy midnight hours in his pickup truck, shining the headlights on the dog pen knowing that would quiet the animals.
Marian Sutton says her husband of 46 years was known locally as a top athlete who once excelled in baseball, softball and basketball.