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“Chris, Please know that my thoughts and prayer are with you and your love ones durning this time of your great loss. Just know that God is! ”
1 of 8 | Posted by: Versie Bly - Chesapeake, VA

“My prayers for comfort go out to the Summerlin family. Mr. Slim raised a fine bunch of younguns, and I know he will be forever missed by all who knew...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Kelly, William and Levi Whitehurst - NC

“If I had to pick a man for a father, Slim would be the man. I will miss him so much. ”
3 of 8 | Posted by: sharon bolt - fuquay-varina, NC

“Slim was a wonderful man who will always be in our hearts forever. With deepest sympathy, may peace be with you. Your "old" Market Square Arena...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Rick Fuson, Harry James & Tom Rutledge - IN

“Chris & Diane, Wow, I haven't seen you guys in years and now I see you've both had tragic losses within a couple of days. My heart goes out to both...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Donald Parkinson - Chesapeake, VA

“My condolences to the family. He was a fine friend and will be greatly missed. ”
6 of 8 | Posted by: Carlos McCullough - VA

“Chris, My condolences, thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of loss. God bless you and your family. ”
7 of 8 | Posted by: Gordon Lamkin - Virginia Beach, VA

“To all the family I offer my sincerest condolances for the loss of Lt. Col Sumerlin. ”
8 of 8 | Posted by: Tim Masterson - Virginia Beach, VA


Lt. Col. Earl B. "Slim" Sumerlin, Jr., 88, died January 1, 2011, in his home surrounded by loving family and friends. Born in Mattoon, Illinois, he was the only son of the late Earl B. and Catherine P. Sumerlin. Earl was preceded in death by his loving wife of 62 years, Catherine Rice Sumerlin of Hood River, OR and is survived by his daughter, Sandra Sumerlin of Orlando, FL; five sons, Christopher Sumerlin and wife Diane of Virginia Beach, VA, Craig Sumerlin and wife Wendy of Shacklefords, VA, Curtis Sumerlin of Boone, NC, Timothy Sumerlin and wife Jacqueline of Littleton, CO, and Daniel Sumerlin and wife Sherry of Williamsburg, VA; eight grandchildren, Daniel, Sandy, Catherine, Danielle and Timothy Sumerlin, Alisha Whited, Jonathan Lowery and Heidi Campbell; six great-grand children; and his lifelong devoted friends, Lorette and Bob Whitebread of Arlington, TX, Kent and Sharon Bolt and Jay and Carolyn Baraki of Virginia Beach, VA, and Betty Beaubien of Springfield, VA. Earl served in the US Marine Corps as a pilot during WWII in the South Pacific, the Korean Conflict and Vietnam where he earned the Bronze Star for his service at China Beach and retired from the military in 1969. He subsequently enjoyed a successful career in the executive management of Norfolk Scope, Market Square Arena in Indianapolis and Nassau Coliseum, Long Island, NY. Earl, a member of Baylake United Methodist Church since 1964, was an active volunteer in several church outreach activities. He was always optimistic, loving, encouraging and generous. Slim, an avid golfer who shot his age into his mid-eighties never met a stranger and will be forever remembered in the hearts of family and friends. A memorial service will be conducted in his honor at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Baylake United Methodist Church. Holomon-Brown Funeral Home, Bayside Chapel, is handling the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the ASMBA STAR Foundation for returning vets from Afghanistan. Interment will be at the Quantico National Cemetery at a later date. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.hollomon-brown.com.

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