Richard Kenneth (Ricky) Sumner

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Richard Kenneth (Ricky) Sumner, 72, of Carlisle went to be with the Lord at his home on Wednesday, September 09, 2020.  Ricky was a member of the First Baptist Church in Carlisle, a life-long member of the NRA, and was Water Superintendent for the city of Carlisle for over 40 years before his retirement.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Wells Sumner; son, Kenneth Lee Sumner and wife, Angela of Lonoke; daughter, Martha Ann Sumner of Carlisle; brother, James Ralph (Jimmy) Sumner of Carlisle; sister, SunDeen Freeby of Lonoke; four grandchildren, Mary Katherine and Matthew Sumner of Lonoke, Dalton Evans of Dallas, Texas, and Ashyton Evans of Carlisle and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside service will be held 10:00 A.M., Saturday, September 12, 2020 at the pavilion in the Carlisle Cemetery in Carlisle, Arkansas.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Arkansas Waterfowl Association, P.O. Box 661, Lonoke, Arkansas 72086.

Arrangements are by Westbrook Funeral Home of Hazen.

8 thoughts on “Richard Kenneth (Ricky) Sumner”

  1. Tom & Elaine Baucom

    Our dear friend has gone on to Heaven. He no doubt waits by the gate for the rest of us. Brother Ricky was so dear to us. Such a big hole is left in my heart, his wife and family, his church and the whole town of Carlisle. May Jesus comfort you all these days. Jesus said, “HAVE FAITH IN GOD.” I preached a funeral last week and said, “we all need to think more about the future because that’s where we Christians are going to live forever.” Until Then.

  2. Mary and family,

    I was so saddened to hear of Ricky’s passing. You all know how special and how much he meant to me. I enjoyed working with him for twelve years and could always depend on him to help on anything I needed. I am so happy I recently saw and spoke with him for a while. He will be greatly missed! Prayers for comfort and peace for all of you.


  3. Ray and Linda Cates

    We’re we’re deeply saddened at the news of Ricky leaving us. We love you Mary and famous and you’re forever in our payers and thoughts. May God Bless you and hold you in his hands . We love you and are grateful to have been a friend of his and will miss him. We’re here if you need anything.


  4. Mary and family,
    Ricky will be missed in this world but we will see him again when the trumpet sounds, if not before. Ricky knew the water and sewer system of Carlisle better than anyone. Carlisle will definitely miss Ricky.
    Mary, you and your family are in our prayers.

  5. Judy Pearson Bragg

    Sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. My thought & prayers are with you SunDeen & with Ricky’s family.

  6. Thomas Cunningham

    My condolences go out to the Sumner family. I grew up in Carlisle with two older brothers, Bill and Joe Cunningham who were the same age as Jim and Ricky.So I’ve known Ricky for a while. I also graduated from CHS with SunDeen. Joe use to say that Carlisle had a lot of “ characters”. Ricky was definitely one of those. He was a one of a kind. The city of Carlisle will sure miss him but will never forget him. You are in my prayers. May God Bless.

  7. Billy and Gail Booth

    Our thoughts and prayers continue for the Sumner family. May God’s Word and His Holy Spirit (the “Comforter”) provide strength, comfort,and assurance in this time of sorrow.

  8. Mr. Ricky will be missed. He was always in a good mood whenever he stopped by to pick up items from us for the water department. We offer prayers and condolences to his whole family.

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