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Obituary – Thomas Sumners



Thomas Brown Sumners passed away November 7, 2019. The funeral was held at Bills-McGaugh & Hamilton Funeral Home on Saturday, November 9, 2019 and was buried at Lone Oak Cemetery.

Born on October 26, 1944 in Giles County, he was the son of the late Hearld D. Sumners and the late Josephine Rowe Sumners. He was a 1962 graduate of Elkton High School. Mr. Sumners was employed 28 years at Heil Quaker (ICP); five years at Lewisburg Gas Department and 13 years at Bill-McGaugh Funeral Home. He served on the Marshall County Commission, Lewisburg Community Development Board, Board of Zoning Appeals, Trustee of Marshall County Memorial Library, Marshall County Little League and Trustee of Bee Spring Memorial Cemetery in Bryson. Tom was a charter member and deacon of Parkview Baptist Church, and served as Moderator and Clerk of the New Duck River Baptist Association. He was also a freelance writer for the Marshall Gazette for many years’ writing the column “Let The Horses Talk,” covering the Walking Horse Industry.

Survivors include daughter, Stacye (Jay) Burgett of Lewisburg; son, Thomas Scott (Amy) Sumners of Spring Hill; grandchildren, Jordan Sumner Burgett and Elizabeth Lea (Lily) Burgett both of Lewisburg, Julia Ray Sumners and Ava Elizbeth Sumners of Spring Hill; brother, Jerry Rowe Sumners of Shelbyville; and several nieces and nephews. 

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