Mr. Gratton “EARL” Sumpter age 89 of Gibson Station, VA went to be with the Lord on Sunday, June 25, 2017 at his sons home in Gibson Station, VA. He was born June 27, 1927 in Claiborne County, TN.
He is preceded in death by his loving wife Martha Ayers Sumpter, granddaughter Amanda Lynn Sumpter, parents Millard and Juanita Fleemon Sumpter, brother Maynard Frank Sumpter, daughter-in-law Marcia Sumpter and brother-in-law Quinton Littrell.
Earl is survived by his sons: Sam Sumpter Keaton, Ky; Jim (Valerie) Sumpter Ewing, Va, brothers: Joe (Maggie) Sumpter, Tipp City, OH; Clyde (Barbara) Sumpter, Huber Heights, OH, Pete (Sally) Sumpter, Ewing, VA, Roger (Sue) Sumpter, Ewing, VA; Sisters: Mildred Snyder, Siesta Key, Fla, Sue ( Sonny) Sivils, Springfield, OH, Bobbie Littrell, Ewing, VA, sister-in-law Bonnie Sumpter, Sarasota, Fla. Grandson: Sam (Gina) Sumpter, Jr., Cataula, GA, granddaughter Kristi (Michael) Niette, Butler, GA, great grandsons Tyler Sumpter, Tampa, FL, Solomon Niette, Butler, GA, great granddaughter Chelsea Sumpter, Kingsport, TN and Alayna Niette, Butler, GA and a host of nieces and nephews and several special friends.
Earl was known throughout the community for his infectious smile. He was a Deacon and choir director for the Walnut Hill Baptist Church. He was retired from A&P Food Stores in Middlesboro, KY after over 30 years. Earl was a life member of the VA Junior Order United American Mechanics, former member of Lincoln Memorial University Nursing Board, former member of The Salvation Army, past Chairman of the Lee County Water Authority and was instrumental in bringing public water to lower Lee County. He was also Past Scout Master and Ruitan Club Member. Earl loved everyone and greatly enjoyed fishing. He is most well known for his singing in hundreds of funerals including our very first service here at Green Hills Funeral Home.
Funeral services for Mr. Earl Sumpter will be held Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 1:00pm at Walnut Hill Baptist Church with Rev. Damon Patterson and Rev. George Walker officiating. Graveside services will follow in the Ensor Cemetery, Gibson Station VA.
Family will receive friends Tuesday, June 27, 2017 from 3:00pm until 9:00pm at the Walnut Hill Baptist Church, Gibson Station, VA.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Sumpter-Caylor Endowed Nursing Scholarship at Lincoln Memorial University. Gifts can be mailed to Lincoln Memorial University ATTN: University Advancement, 6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway, Harrogate, TN 37752.
Green Hills Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.