Ann B. Sumrall
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 1:00 PM
Ann B. Sumrall was born Sept. 26, 1927, in Shreveport, La. - the first child of Benjamin F. Banahan and Mattie Elizabeth Elliott Banahan.
Ann spent much of her childhood in East Texas and Fort Worth. She was attending Texas State College for Women (now TWU) in Denton, Texas, when her family moved to Jackson. She followed the family to Jackson and enrolled at Millsaps. While a student at Millsaps she met William G. (Billy) Sumrall of Jackson, a fighter pilot in the Army Air Corps.
They were married in 1946 and had four sons, Jack F. Sumrall and wife Suzy of McKinney, Texas; Wm. Andy Sumrall and wife Melvia of Brandon; Robert B. Sumrall and wife Cathy of Jackson; and Hiram E. Sumrall and wife Dawn of Summit. She is survived by her husband, Billy; sister Barbara Banahan Baine of Jackson; and brother, Benjamin F. Banahan II of Rocksprings, Texas; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Ann loved her church, St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Jackson. She was an active member, serving in many different areas.
She was past President of the United Methodist Women, Chairman of the Altar Guild, a volunteer with the Thrift Shop ministry and loved to decorate the sanctuary and church for special worship services and events. She also had many friends in the Le Dejeuner Luncheon Club. After raising her sons, Ann had enough energy left to travel. She enjoyed discovering new places and traveled extensively through the US, Canada and several European countries, including Ireland (tracing family genealogy) and France.
Ann and Billy had a "bucket list" goal of visiting all 50 states. They were able to accomplish their goal, making each trip special. She was very active with grandchildren and great grandchildren, who all knew her as Grannie Annie. Her backyard Easter egg hunts were events that all the grandkids looked forward to - second only to Santa Claus. Each hunt was highlighted by the reading of an illustrated story that Ann had written for the occasion.
A funeral service to celebrate her life was held Friday, May 23, 2014, in the chapel of Natchez Trace Funeral Home with visitation one hour prior to the service.
Interment followed in Natchez Trace Memorial Park Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to the Capital Campaign Fund for St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 621 Duling Avenue, Jackson 39216.