Robert Earl (Bob) Sumners, age 92, of Rome, GA, passed away peacefully at a local hospital on May 10, 2023.
Bob was born April 10, 1931, in Vincent, AL, the youngest son of the late Charles Ernest and Evie Elizabeth Sumners. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Roy, Walter, Paul, Gene, Clyde and sister Ruby Sumners Justice, son-in-law Robert Lewis (Rusty) White, father & mother-in-law Thomas and Edna Everett, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Ann Everett Sumners; his children: Robert Mark (Nancy) and daughter Robin Ann White.
Bob graduated from Vincent High School. After serving in the U.S. Army 7th division in the Korean War, he graduated from Auburn University with a BS degree in Business Administration. He worked for Goodyear Tire Company for 7 years in its retail stores as Sales-Credit Manager. After being Assistant Purchasing Director at Georgia State University, he earned CPM (certified Purchasing Manager) and served 31 years as Director of Purchasing & Central Stores at Berry College in Rome, GA.
At Auburn, Bob was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity and Delta Sigma Pi Honorary Business Fraternity and was a life-long Auburn Sports fan - especially Football. He was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church (Rome, GA), Chaplain of the Sgt. Billy Freeman Post 317 Korean War Veterans, and a member of American Legion Post 5. He was honored by the Daughters of the Confederacy with the "Linage Cross of Military Service" (a service medal for U.S.A. Veterans with Confederate Ancestors) and the Ambassador for Peace Medal from the government of South Korea.
Bob's favorite interests included Auburn sports, family gatherings, reading, traveling (including several trips to Europe & Japan as well as all over the U.S.A.)
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2023, at 2:00PM at Good Shepherd Funeral Home with Bill Sumners officiating. The family will receive friends at the Good Shepherd Chapel at 1:00PM. Interment will be on Monday, May 22, 2023, at 11:00AM at the Georgia National Veterans' Cemetery in Canton, GA.
Family nephews will serve as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, The Gary Sinise Foundation & St Jude's Children's Hospital.
Parnick Jennings Sr. - Good Shepherd Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.
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