William Brooks Sumner Jr.

William Brooks Sumner Jr.

LANCASTER — Mr. William Brooks Sumner Jr., 77, of Lancaster passed away Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, at MUSC-Lancaster.

He was born Oct. 15, 1942, in Union, a son of the late William Brooks Sumner Sr. and Etta Ward Sumner. Mr. Sumner was a member of Wade Memorial Presbyterian Church. He was a loving husband for 57 years, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.

Mr. Sumner loved to ride his lawn mower, enjoyed deer and rabbit hunting. He also enjoyed sitting on his sun porch watching the birds. Mr. Sumner loved the Lord and spending time with his family and friends.

He was a member of the Jackson Masonic Lodge 53, a member of the Lunch Time Rotary for 32 years and a Paul Harris Fellow. Mr. Sumner was a lifetime member of the South Carolina Police Chiefs Association, where he served two times as president.

He served the South Carolina National Guard in Operation Desert Storm and Operation Desert Shield. Mr. Sumner was a lay pastor, serving churches in Lancaster and Chester counties. He was a present member of the Lancaster County School District Board, a former Lancaster City Council member and former interim director of Lancaster Children’s Home.

A service to celebrate the life of Mr. Sumner was held Friday, Feb. 7, at First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Edgar McCall, Rev. Paul Smith and Rev. Dan Vincent officiating. Burial was private.

Mr. Sumner is survived by his wife, Virginia Allen Sumner of Lancaster; a son, Ken “Bighouse” Sumner and his wife, Dawn, of Florence; a daughter, Casey S. Cato and her husband, Jeff, of Lancaster; a sister, Shirley Burnett of Union; and five grandchildren, Joshua Cato, Jonathan Cato, Jacob Cato, Kathleen Sumner and Lee Mozingo.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Jimmy Sumner and John Sumner; and three sisters, Ruby Hewitt, Geraldine Hayes and Katie Foster.

The family received friends Thursday, Feb. 6, at Lancaster Funeral Home and other times at the home, 428 Camellia Circle, Lancaster.

Notes to the family may be made at www.lancasterfuneralhome.com.

Lancaster Funeral Home & Cremation Service is serving the family of Mr. Sumner.

Author: Rachel Howell

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