Carl Vickers Sumner (WRIGHTSVILE, Ga.)

WRIGHTSVILE, Ga. - Carl Vickers Sumner died March 23, 2011 at the age of 93. Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 25th at 2:00 pm at Wrightsville First Christian Church. The Rev. Derek Watt will officiate. Born on January 5, 1918 on his family's farm Washington County, he was youngest of eleven children of Robert H. and Effie Smith Sumner. Mr. Sumner graduated from Wrightsville Highschool and thereafter attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College where he earned a degree in agriculture. After graduation in 1942, he returned home and married Doris Jackson Sumner. They were married until her death in 1993. Mr. Sumner's first employment after college was with the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service in its Statesboro, Georgia office. After the United States entered World War II, Mr. Sumner enlisted in the U.S. Army on November 24, 1942. Following basic training, he was deployed to the European Theater. During the War, Mr. Sumner served as a Warrant Officer and was tasked with delivery of rations and supplies to the advancing U.S. front lines. In this capacity, he served the US Seventh Army under command of General Alexander Patch who led an offensive up the Rhone Valley, merged with portions of General George S. Patton's US Third Army and eventually crossed the Rhine River into southern Germany. Upon returning from war, Mr. Sumner, along with Herbert Jackson, founded Wrightsville Lumber Company, Inc., which specialized in the milling of southern pine lumber. The company supplied lumber and boards to Georgia and other surrounding southeastern states. Notably, lumber produced by Wrightsville Lumber Company was used in the construction of some of the original attractions at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Mr. Sumner was a lifelong lover of the outdoors. He enjoyed taking his grandchildren fishing on the Ohoopee River on the same banks where he had fished as a child growing up during the Great Depression. He also had a passion for growing and managing pine timber, a pursuit in which he remained actively involved until his late eighties. Mr. Sumner was a member of Wrightsville First Christain Church where he served as a deacon. He was the father of one child, Joe Sumner and his wife Jean, of Wrightsville. He is survived by two grandchildren, Joseph C. Sumner, Jr. and his wife Ellen, and Jeannie Sumner McClain and her husband Alan McClain of Houston, Texas. He is also survived by three great-grandchildren; Bethany Grace Sumner, Madeleine Rea McClain and Sumner Alan McClain. Contributions may be made to Wrightsville First Christian Church, 8732 North Marcus Street, Wrightsville, Georgia 31096. The family will receive friends at Wrightsville First Christian Church, Wrightsville, Georgia, Thursday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. May and Smith Funeral Directors is in charge of Arrangements. Sign the guestbook at

The Augusta Chronicle-March 24, 2011