Spenser Parnell Sumner

1997 - 2021


Mr. Spenser Parnell Sumner, 23, of Cave Spring, died Wednesday, April 7, 2021 in a Chattanooga hospital from injuries sustained in an ATV accident a few days earlier.

Mr. Sumner was born in Krasnodar, Russia on July 7, 1997 and came to live in America with his parents Dr. Randolph Sumner and Dr. Susan Butler Sumner. He grew up in Cave Spring, and attended Cave Spring Elementary, Berry Elementary, Unity Christian School, and was a graduate of the Coosa High School. He attended the Chattahoochee Technical College and was employed by the IBEW Local 613. Mr. Sumner had attended the West Rome Baptist Church and was a member of the Second Avenue Baptist Church.

Known for his big, infectious smile, Mr. Sumner touched many lives and enjoyed the outdoors and farm life in the country. In school, he played football and basketball. He loved his friends and off road vehicles. He had studied farming and raising livestock, and was president of the Sumner Cattle Farm.

Mr. Sumner was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Corn and Bill Butler of Lafayette and Jack and Meredeth Butler of Hawkinsville.

Survivors include his parents, Dr. Randolph Sumner and Dr. Susan Butler Sumner of Cave Spring; three brothers, Aaron Sumner (Brooke) of Savannah, Nathan Sumner (Leslie) of Grand Blanc, Michigan, and Lawson Sumner of Atlanta; and four sisters, Allison Landers of Raleigh, N.C., Mimi Luce (Matt) of St. Simmons, Esther Sumner of Rome, and Scarlett Sumner of Athens. His paternal grandparents, Roger and Mary Ruth Sumner of Rome, a number of nieces and nephews, and special friends Trey Rogers, Lex Rittenhouse, Bobby Spriggs, Debra Williamon, Danette (Nanny) Edwards and Reatha Dempsey also survive.

Funeral services for Mr. Sumner were held Saturday at 2:30 P.M. at the Second Avenue Baptist Church with Dr. Harry Roland officiating. Entombment followed in the Myrtle Hill Mausoleum. Pallbearers included Aaron Sumner, Nathan Sumner, Lawson Sumner, Trey Rogers, Randy Spriggs, Bobby Spriggs, Terry Shelton and Lex Rittenhouse.

The family received friends at John House’s Cave Spring Chapel Friday from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial be sent to Show Hope Adoption Aid, and their website is fundraise.showhope. or g/fundraiser/32035552.   Be sure to designate memorials made in Spenser Sumner’s name.

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Adrian, Christine and the Fi-Med Family

May 5, 2021 11:47 AM

Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Adrian, Christine and the Fi-Med Family

A Grove of 5 Memorial Trees was planted in memory of Spenser Parnell Sumner

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April 12, 2021 9:15 AM

To the Sumner and Butler-Sumner Family my Mother and I would like you to know our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

With love,
Leslie Nichols-Bucilova and Gail Jones

A Grove of 3 Memorial Trees was planted in memory of Spenser Parnell Sumner

Angela & Dallas Kerce

April 10, 2021 7:33 PM

Spenser-"our little white russian" this is unreal! We r gonna miss u so much! We feel so blessed to have spent that last evening with you before your last ride! Our hearts r broken but we r sure that you & Mr. Dempsey r together in heaven & we will meet u there when our time comes! We will carry you in our hearts forever & will be planting a tree in your memory @ the old Fosters Mill Store! We love u SON💜💔

Alison and Rich Lampkin

April 10, 2021 7:53 AM

Dr. Sumner - Rich and I want to send you our thoughts and prayers during this time with the loss of your son. I remember being in the office and meeting Spencer one time, he was a blessed young man to have you as his father.


April 9, 2021 10:34 PM

🌹Heavenly Father has a beautiful Angel 👼 Keep Smiling bringing the joy 🌹

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