Paul Gene Sumney
Paul Gene Sumney
  • March 6, 1923 - June 8, 2017
  • Mulberry, Tennessee

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Paul Gene Sumney, 94 of Mulberry, Tennessee claimed his heavenly home on June 8, 2017. He was born March 6, 1923 in Columbia City, Indiana to Chester Earl and Lela Sumney. He married Alberta Cox in 1946 and together they raised four children, Anna Norris of New Bern, North Carolina, Paula Miller (DeWayne) of Eustis, Florida, Jerry Sumney (Diane) of Lexington, Kentucky, Terry Sumney (DeAnne) of Mulberry, Tennessee. He also leaves 10 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Mr. Sumney is also survived by a sister, Willadean Thompson of Columbia City, Indiana. He is predeceased by his wife of 66 years, Alberta; his parents, two sisters and a brother.

After serving in WWII on the USS Casablanca, he returned home to Indiana where he worked driving a lumber truck. Within a few years the family moved to Florida, where Paul graduated from barbering school and opened a shop in Mount Dora, Florida. After his children were grown, Paul began a career in ministry which took him to several cities to preach the Good News, which he tried to live daily.

A graveside service with military honors will be held on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 11:00am at the Champ Cemetery in Mulberry, Tennessee. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Batsell Barrett Baxter Endowment Scholarship at Lipscomb University, Croatan Church of Christ, Mt. Dora Christian Academy, or Tennessee Children's Home. Please sign his guest registry at