Bill Sumner
September 15, 1951  -  March 17, 2018

Bill Sumner

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Memorial Service
First United Methodist Church
202 Butternut
Abilene, TX  79606
Thursday, March 22, 2018
10:00 a.m.
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I served in the Air Force.

Lt Col (retired) William (Bill) Sumner Jr, 66, son of Major (retired) William (Big Bill) and Rosana Sumner, teed off at Heaven’s Gates golf course getting a hole in one on March 17, 2018.
An Air Force child, Bill toured the world with his family to two continents and many states within the United States.

From his Arkansas roots, he became an avid Razorback fan during his four years at the University of Arkansas, where he met and won his blushing bride, Karen. WOO PIG SOOIE!!
After commissioning into the Air Force, he trained to be a navigator and started his career in his dream plane, the F-111. He saw service on 2 continents and several more states. Along with flying, he was a base commander’s Executive Officer and Command Post Officer. During these years, he obtained his Master’s Degree from Troy State University.

He followed his parents in real estate, and continued his military career as an Air Force Reserve Office. He proudly and faithfully served his country for nearly 30 years.
He was a member of the Abilene Board of Realtors, and the Women’s Council of Realtors, due to the influence of his mother. He served on several committees within the real estate organization. Some of his love for the real estate profession was passed on when he taught real estate classes at Cisco Junior College.

He was a life long Methodist, an avid golfer from his youth, and Razorback fan. His inquisitive mind led him to ask deep and probing questions. He brought joy and laughter into the lives of people with his unique sense of humor and quick wit.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He will be greatly missed by his wife, Karen; his son, Wes; his daughter-in-law, Candice; his two grandchildren, Naomi and Thane; his brother, David and wife Kathy; his uncle and aunt, Robert Earl and Carol Sumner; and his aunt Grace Jones. His many cousins have great stories to tell of their time together.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The First United Methodist Building Fund.


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  1. Jacki Dean
    Brady, TX


    I just logged onto the Reporter-News website and read about Bill. I am so sorry! You and Wes and family are certainly in our prayers. I miss you guys and am sending all the love I can your way.

    Jacki Dean

  2. Benje Campbell
    Stephenville, TX

    Billy, we miss you. :(
    We had a lot of laughs, deep talks, advice, and fun. Our family sends love to yours. See you again one day, Friend. :)

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  4. Judith Puryear
    Abilene, TX

    Bill was an amazing person. He will be missed dearly. Praying for your family during this time of need.

  5. Tommy Foster
    Abilene, TX

    Bill was a good friend and always brightened my day even when we were debating who was better his Arkansas Razorbacks or my Texas A & M Aggies. I am sure the conversation in heaven has picked up with his arrival. You will be missed!

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