Tyler City Councilman Criss Sudduth, Representative for District 6, is remembered by his colleagues as a devoted public servant and community leader.
Sudduth passed away in the evening of Thursday, Dec. 12 after a long illness.
“It was my honor and privilege to serve with Criss,” said Mayor Martin Heines. “His strength of character, unwavering optimism and faith inspired our City Council and the entire East Texas community.”
Sudduth was elected in 2019 for City Council District 6 through special election, serving the remainder of the term vacated by former City Councilman John Nix.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Councilman Sudduth, who was a devoted public servant, father, husband and leader within the Tyler community,” said City Manager Ed Broussard. “The City of Tyler mourns alongside his family and loved ones during this incredibly difficult time.”
Sudduth’s seat will remain vacant until the regular election for District 6 in May, 2020. The filing period begins Jan. 15 until Feb. 14, 2020.
A lifelong resident of Tyler, Criss Sudduth, graduated from Robert E. Lee H.S. and Tyler Jr. College. He was an independent insurance agent in Tyler for more than 30 years and was the President of Ark Assurance Group, Inc.
Criss served on numerous boards and committees for non-profit organizations, including the Executive Committees of the Central East Texas Better Business Bureau, the Tyler Area Builders’ Association, County Rehabilitation Center, and SBMP, Inc. Sudduth’s past community service included working on the Board of Directors for North Tyler Developmental Academy, Tyler Area Drug Abuse Program, Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce Contact Club and the Independent Insurance Agents of Tyler. He was an active member of Green Acres Baptist Church, where he co-coordinated the 10:30 Resonate Worship service and was serving his second term as Chair of the Insurance Committee.
Criss was married to his wife Dana for more than 35 years. He is survived by his wife, their three grown children and three grandchildren.