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W. R. ‘Bud’ Sumrall

W. R. “Bud” Sumrall, 92, Crystal Springs, died March 5, 2020. Mr. Sumrall had been a resident of Southern Oaks Assisted Living Center in Henderson, Tenn. since November 2015. Mr. Sumrall was born in Crystal Springs to Wilbur Robert and Lucy Prewitt Sumrall Dec. 13, 1927. He was active in Scouting and became an Eagle Scout during his youth. He graduated from Crystal Springs Consolidated School in 1945 and upon graduation entered the United States Army. He was stationed on the island of Oahu near Pearl Harbor where he completed his military service in 1947 and was Honorably Discharged in the rank of Corporal. He returned to Crystal Springs and married Peggy Ruth Hinson Dec. 28, 1947. They moved to New Orleans where he entered college at Tulane Universty while also working for the United States Food and Drug Administration (F&DA) as an Inspector in the seafood industry along the Louisiana Gulf Coast. He later transferred to Clinton, Miss. where he completed his Bachelor of Science degree at Mississippi College. Upon graduation from college, Mr. Sumrall continued his work in FDA, moving up through the ranks with positions that took his family to Cincinnati, Ohio, and finally, Atlanta, Ga. With five young children and a yearning to leave the traveling life behind, he moved his family back to Hazlehurst where he owned and operated a Western Auto Store for five years before merging and ultimately partnering that business with the Western Auto Store in Crystal Springs in 1962. He ultimately became the sole owner of that business which he operated until the time of his retirement in 1994. That same year Mr. Sumrall and his wife moved their family into the ante-bellum home west of Crystal Springs that had been built in 1856 by his great-grandfather. The Sumralls raised their five children in the old family home, lovingly preserving and refurbishing the home that they would use not only for shelter from the elements but to teach and train their children about life, love, and hard work. They became adoringly known as “Maw-Maw and Paw-Paw” to 11 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. The Sumralls lived there together until her death in 2011 and in 2015 Mr. Sumrall moved to Henderson, Tenn. where his oldest son Bob and his wife Lana have lovingly cared for him until the time of his death. Mr. Sumrall was a Christian and a member of First Baptist Church in Crystal Springs. He especially enjoyed the fellowship of his friends in his Sunday School Class. Mr. Sumrall was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years. Funeral services were 2 p.m. March 11 at Stringer Family Funeral Services Chapel in Crystal Springs with burial in Crystal Springs Cemetery. Visitation was noon until the two o’clock service at Stringer Family Funeral Services. He is survived by children, Ann (Bob) Boone of White House, Tenn.; Dr. Bob (Lana) Sumrall of Henderson, Tenn.; Sam (Janice) Sumrall of Bondurant, Wyo.; Peggy (Jeff) Gardner of Crystal Springs, and David (Jamie) Sumrall of Crystal Springs; sisters, Beverly Powers of Auburn, Ala. and Martha Shultz of Dayton, Ohio, and grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Chldren’s Hospital or to a charity of choice.

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