A legendary Albany voice was silenced over the weekend
June 6, 2005
Albany - Doc Suttles was more than just a football broadcasting legend, he was well known for his gospel program, and even more importantly as a father. Son, Freddie says, "Everybody else always called their fathers "dad", but we always knew him as "Doc".
Fred "Doc" Suttles, the voice of the Golden Rams, a pioneer in Albany Urban Radio, and a devoted Father. Freddie says, "Sports was just the thing that kind of drew us close together, because we could be watching a ballgame, and I'm calling him on the phone or he's calling me saying, 'did you see that?'"
Doc, along with Freddie began calling the games together in 1997, but there was more to Doc than football. Freddie says, "One thing that probably meant the most to him was the gospel music that he played, it touched a lot of people's lives."
And one very big event that touched Doc's life, was being inducted into the ASU Hall of Fame. "The last induction into the Sports hall of Fame really meant a lot to him," says Freddie, "so we're going to do everything we can to keep the legacy going."
A legacy that changed Albany radio, reached people with the message of the gospel and will live on through his family. Freddie says, "His goal was to get to 40 years, so he will get to 40 years through me."
The family is in the process of setting up a scholarship fund in Doc's memory through the ASU foundation. Doc Suttles is survived by his four children and seven grandchildren. Funeral services will be held this Friday at 1 PM at First Monumental Faith Ministries on Gillionville Road.