Lawrence R. Sumner

July 9, 2011


AHOSKIE – Lawrence Raleigh Sumner, age 83, of Union, died Saturday, July 9, 2011, doing what he loved to do, working in his garden.

Mr. Sumner was born on February 18, 1928, in Hertford County, a son of the late John Lawrence, Jr. and Emma Britton Sumner. He was a member of St. Johns Baptist Church, and a former member of the Union Volunteer Fire Department. Lawrence was retired from the NC DOT and was a farmer. He was an army veteran of the Korean Conflict.

Left to cherish his memory is his daughter, Kim Sumner of Union, NC; his son, Kenneth Sumner of Lewiston Woodville, NC; his sisters, Margaret Howard of Fuquay-Varina, NC, and Frances Barnhill of Enfield, NC. Besides his parents, Lawrence was predeceased by his wife, Ellen Horton Sumner and his daughter, Sharon Sumner.

A visitation for Mr. Sumner will be held at Garrett-Jones Funeral Home on Tuesday evening, July 12, from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m., and the family will receive friends other times at the home. A celebration of life service will be conducted at Garrett-Jones Funeral Home at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 13, 2011, with the Rev. Woody Copeland Officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Gardens. Flowers are welcome or memorial donations may be made to St. Johns Baptist Church, or to a charity of one‚??s choice.

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Gerald Myers
12 years ago

I always thought the world of Mr. and Mrs. Sumner, and their children. I know that God has rejoined the two of them together up in heaven along with their daughter, Sharon. I pray that God will continue to comfort Kim and Kenny through this difficult time.

Drs. Brown & Brown
12 years ago

We are sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Vernear Tann
12 years ago

This is to express my deepest sympathy for Mr. Sumner. I can feel your loss and I will miss seeing him at the store. My wish is that you will allow God to comfort and give you peace in this time of bereavement. God bless you.

Allen&Erlene Joyner
12 years ago

Kim, We are sorry for the loss of your father but know that he is surely resting in peace and reuniteing with your mother and your sister. We love you and have you in our prayers.

Allen & Erlene

wayne conner
12 years ago

we are sorry for your lost

Jennifer powell
12 years ago

sorry for ur lost

Anne & Jackie Brinkley
12 years ago

Our prayers and thoughts are with you and Kenneth. May God give you comfort during this difficult time. I am glad when God took him home to be with Him he was in his garden doing what he loved. May that give you comfort. Our Love!

Amelia Lanning
12 years ago


I am so very sorry about your father. Know that you are in my prayers.