Thomas Archie Sumner


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Thomas Archie Sumner

  • Born: 31 Aug 1918, Norfolk Co., Virginia
  • Marriage: Betty Joyce Pinner on 17 Nov 1940 in Pasquotank Co., North Carolina
  • Died: 2 Sep 2013, Portsmouth City, Norfolk Co., VA at age 95
  • Buried: Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens, 4569 Shoulders Hill Rd. Suffolk. VA

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Published in The Virginian Pilot on Sept. 5, 2013
Thomas Archie Sumner - Obituary
Portsmouth - Thomas "Tommy" Archie Sumner, 95, went to be with the Lord on Monday, September 2, 2013 while surrounded by his loving family. Born in Norfolk County, VA., Tommy was the son of the late Georgie and Charles Sumner. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 42 years, Betty Sumner and his second wife of 28 years, Evelyn Sumner.
Tommy was a devout Christian and a member of Court Street Baptist Church where he served as deacon until his recent illness. He was a lifetime member of Western Branch Masonic Lodge #189. He also was a member of the Tall Cedars Forrest 143, Shriners, Scottish Rites, and the Friday morning Men's Coffee Club. During his lifetime, Tommy was the service manager at various auto dealerships in the area. He also was a former instructor of Auto Mechanics at Norfolk State University.
He is survived by his children, Gloria Jones (Sherwood), Thomas "Bert" Sumner (Vickey), and Gloria Gaines (Herman); grandchildren, Keith Jones (Diane), Anita Cavanaugh (Patrick), David Crittenden (Kim), Eric Crittenden (Beckie), Michael Gaines (Teresa), and Heather Lawson (Dewey); 16 great-grandchildren and a great-great grandchild. He is also survived by his sisters-in-law, Marion Sumner and Melissa Sumner; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Tommy was known for his unique ability to 'fix' almost anything and was always willing to do anything for anyone at anytime. He enjoyed, NASCAR, golf, traveling, dancing, and playing cards with friends, but his greatest joy was spending time with his family. He leaves behind a legacy of love, memories and wisdom that will forever make our world a better place. His presence in our lives will be greatly missed.
A funeral service will held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept 8 at Loving Funeral Home, 3225 Academy Ave, Portsmouth, VA by Dr. L. Wilbur Kersey with masonic rites. Burial will follow in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at Loving Funeral Home Saturday, Sept 7 from 7-8 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to Court Street Baptist Church or your favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at

The SSDI records:
Name: Thomas A Sumner
Born: 31 Aug 1918
Died: 2 Sep 2013
State (Year) SSN issued: Virginia (1960)


Thomas married Betty Joyce Pinner, daughter of Jonas Edgar Pinner and Hattie May Slavin, on 17 Nov 1940 in Pasquotank Co., North Carolina. (Betty Joyce Pinner was born on 26 Sep 1925 in Nansemond Co., VA, died on 4 Nov 1982 in Portsmouth City, Norfolk Co., VA and was buried in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens, 4569 Shoulders Hill Rd., Suffolk, VA.) The cause of her death was Cardiac Arrest / Cerebral Vascular Accident / End Stage Renal Failure.

bullet  Marriage Notes:

North Carolina, Marriage Records, 1741-2011
Name: Bettie Joyce Pinner
Gender: Female
Race: White
Age: 17
Birth Year: abt 1923
Marriage Date: 17 Nov 1940
Marriage Place: Pasquotank, North Carolina
Father: Jonas Edgar Pinner
Mother: Hattie Mae Slava Pinner
Spouse: Thomas Archie Summer
Spouse Gender: Male
Spouse Race: White
Spouse Age: 22
Birth Year: abt 1918
Spouse Father: Charles Archie Summer
Spouse Mother: Georgia West Summer
Event Type: Marriage

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