Robert Harris Sumner 1927-2019


Memorial services for Robert “Bob” Harris Sumner, 91, of Alba, were Aug. 1 at Alba United Methodist Church under the direction of the family and with Rev. Dee Bryant and Rev. Pamela Dountas officiating.

Cremation arrangements are under direction of Wilson-Bartley Funeral Home, Alba.

Mr. Sumner passed away July 27, 2019.

He was born Nov. 26, 1927, in Happy to the late Charles L. and Emmie Harris Sumner. He graduated from Poly High School in Fort Worth, and from Texas A&M in 1954 with a degree in mechanical engineering. He served in the U.S. Army in Korea during World War II.

Bob worked for General Dynamics for 36 years and retired in 1990. He married Mary Lou Sisserson on Oct. 3, 1958, in Fort Worth. They have lived in Alba for the last 29 years. Bob was a member of the Alba United Methodist Church and served as an usher, board member, and on the property committee. He was involved with the construction of the new church building. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing with his family. He always had a garden and supplied his friends and family with delicious vegetables and fruits. He was a jack of all trades and collector of all things.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Mary Lou Sumner; daughter, Karie Riegel; son, Lane Sumner; sister, Emalyn Reaves; brother, Charles Sumner Jr.; two grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and special friends.

Memorials can be made to the Alba United Methodist Door Fund, P.O. Box 231, Alba, Texas 75410.