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Edna Dixon Sumerlin

June 21, 1923 August 4, 2019
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Edna Ruth Dixon Sumerlin, 96, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on August 4, 2019 due to complications from End-Staged Alzheimer’s. She was a resident at River Trace Nursing Home in Washington, NC at the time of her passing.

The funeral service will be conducted Saturday at 11AM in the Wilkerson Funeral Chapel, Greenville, and officiated by her sons and Pastor Gene Williams. Burial will follow in Pinewood Memorial Park.

Edna was born June 21, 1923 on the family farm in the Chocowinity area of Beaufort County, NC to Madison and Annie (Edwards) Dixon. She was the middle child of five children. In 1940, she met and married the love of her life, Marion F. Sumerlin. They made their home in the Pactolus area of Pitt County, near Greenville, NC. They were happily married for 57 years until his passing in 1998.

During their early years, Marion and Edna raised six children, four boys and two girls. Edna was a stay at home mom until the youngest child was in school. She began her career as a lunchroom worker at Pactolus Elementary School in 1967. Marion, jokingly, said he had to send her to school to learn how to cook. She was an excellent cook, especially, her chocolate and pineapple cakes. She fed many children during those school years. In 1988, Edna retired from Pactolus Elementary School. After six months of retirement, she decided she needed to go back to work; so, she began her second career as a Walmart greeter in 1989 in Greenville. She loved her job. She greeted people from all over Eastern NC with her sweet smiles and occasional hugs. She was fondly known to family and friends as “Miss Walmart”. She was an awesome ambassador for Walmart. Wherever she traveled, she had to check out the local Walmart, even in Casper, Wyoming. In 2011, at the age of 88, Edna decided she had worked long enough and retired again.

Edna was a longtime member of Parker’s Chapel FWB Church in Greenville and an honorary member of the Heritage FWB Church in Bethel. She was a dedicated and devoted Christian and a prayer warrior. She was the optimal role model of what it was like to be a Christian. She enjoyed sharing the love of Jesus Christ with everyone she met and always had a kind word to say about anyone she met.

Next to her faith, she loved her family dearly and spoke often of how proud she was of each one of them. She loved to cook for them and get them all together no matter what the occasion. Even if, it was just to have them over for breakfast for some hot chocolate to sop with her homemade biscuits. It was guaranteed that you never left her house hungry. Edna also enjoyed working tirelessly in her vegetable and flower gardens and in her yard. She was still mowing grass with a push lawnmower at the age of 89. Unfortunately, she went to live in the Alzheimer’s unit at River Trace in 2013 due to increased symptoms of Alzheimer’s.

Edna is predeceased by her parents; husband, Marion Sumerlin; sisters, Kathleen (Arthur) Oakley, Pearl (Howard) Kilby, and Virginia (Emanuel) Taylor; brother, Warren (Lizzie Mae) Dixon; daughter-in-law, Opal Dixon Sumerlin; son-in-law, Gene Reel; father and mother-in-law, Robert and Effie Sumerlin; brothers/sisters-in-law, Robert Earl (Delphia Lee) Sumerlin, George (Letha Mae) Sumerlin, Mae (Clinton) McGowan, Louise (William) Stancil, and Billy (Annie Ruth) Sumerlin.

Edna leaves behind to cherish precious memories of her: sons and daughters-in-law, Bobby Sumerlin of Greenville, NC; Charles and Sue Sumerlin, both of Greenville, NC; Rev. Willie and Ann Sumerlin of Simpson, NC; Rev. Walter and Teresa Sumerlin of Stokes, NC; daughters and son-in-law, Marilyn and Ray Woolard of Greenville, NC; Sally Reel of Lewiston, ID; grandchildren, Bonnie S. Clark, Donnie (Sue) Sumerlin, Lyn (Janine) Sumerlin, Susan (Tim) Braxton, Tre Sumerlin, Geri (Tommy) Sumerlin-Wright, Tammy (Derrick) Ward, Adam (Samantha) Woolard, Daniel (Darcy)Reel, Rebecca (Jason) Potter, Caleb (Lisa Leone) Woolard; 16 great-grandchildren and 4 great great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends Friday from 6 to 9 PM at Wilkerson Funeral Home and other times at the home of Bobby Sumerlin.

Flowers are welcome (Edna loved flowers), but the family requests donations be made in Edna’s name to the Eastern North Carolina Alzheimer’s Association Chapter, 5171 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 101, Raleigh, NC 27612, or to a charity of your choice.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the staff at River Trace Nursing Home for all the excellent nursing care they provided to their mother. Each of you hold a special place in their hearts.

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6:00 PM 8/9/2019 6:00:00 PM - 9:00 PM 8/9/2019 9:00:00 PM
Wilkerson Funeral Home & Crematory - Greenville

2100 East Fifth Street
Greenville, NC 27858

and other times at the home of Bobby Sumerlin.

Wilkerson Funeral Home & Crematory - Greenville
2100 East Fifth Street Greenville 27858 NC
United States





11:00 AM 8/10/2019 11:00:00 AM
Wilkerson Funeral Home & Crematory - Greenville

2100 East Fifth Street
Greenville, NC 27858

Burial to follow in Pinewood Memorial Park.

Wilkerson Funeral Home & Crematory - Greenville
2100 East Fifth Street Greenville 27858 NC
United States

Cemetery Details


Pinewood Memorial Park Final Resting Place

Highway 33 East
Greenville, NC 27858

Highway 33 East Greenville 27858 NC
United States

Memorial Contribution

Alzheimer's of North Carolina, Eastern Chapter

5171 Glenwood Ave
Suite 101
Raleigh, NC 27612
In Edna's Name.

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