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Sunday July 1st, 2018
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Cleveland Funeral Home Chapel
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Emma Sue Sumner

CLEVELAND - Emma Sue Sumner, known to many as "Mama Sue" and "Nanny" age 80, of Cleveland, MS, passed away on Sunday, June 24, 2018 at the home of her daughter in Tunica, MS. 
Visitation will be held Sunday July 1, 2018 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM at the Cleveland Funeral Home in Cleveland.  Memorial Services will follow at 3:00 PM in the Cleveland Funeral Home Chapel. 
Sue was born on June 02, 1938 to Joshua W. and Garthenia (Whitehurst) Goodwin in Lonoke, Arkansas where she grew up.   She was a former seamstress at Carhartt in Drew, MS. She was also a former correctional officer with the Mississippi Department of Corrections in Parchman, MS.  Sue had also worked  as security officer at Delta Pride Catfish. She was also a caregiver for the elderly. Sue was the first woman correctional officer to work death row for the State of Mississippi. She loved to cook, work in her flower garden and loved being the matriarch of the family. Sue was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Drew, MS.
Sue was preceded in death by her parents Joshua and Garthenia Goodwin, Husband, Curtis O. Sumner, Sr., Son Raymond L. Burns, Step-daughter, Shiann Ingram, Sister, Edna Whitehurst, Brother, W. H. Goodwin and Son-in-law, Charles Pitts.
Sue is survived by Daughter, Pam (Jack Day) Perry of Tunica, MS;  Daughter, Lori (James) Phillips of Cleveland, MS; Son, Michael (Sarah) Sumner of Tupelo, MS;  Step-son Curtis (Robin) Sumner of Grenada, MS; Step-daughters, Fay Pitts of Drew, MS, Charlotte (Robert) Mularski of Atlanta, TX, Brenda (Jimmie) Bowling of Scobey, MS; Step-son-in-law, Leslie Ingram of Wills Point, TX; Brother, Alvin (Sammie) Goodwin of Sheridan, AR;  Brother, B J Goodwin of Sheridan, AR;  Sister-in-Law, Willie Mae Goodwin of North Little Rock, AR;  24 Grandchildren, 34 Great grandchildren and 13 Great great grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Good Sheppard Children’s Home c/o BMDMI 11 Plaza Drive Hattiesburg, MS 39402 or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38501.
Cleveland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. The on-line guest register may be viewed and signed at http://www.clevelandfuneralhome.net. 


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Loving condolences from Emily and Mickey Nilsen.

Mickey Nilsen Jul 1 2018 12:00 AM

Deepest condolences to the Sumner family and friends for the loss of your loved one Emma. You will be reunited with Emma again very soon right here on a brand new Paradise Earth under Jesus Christ Kingdom rule Daniel 2:44 that he taught his followers to pray to come in the Lord's Prayer Matthew 6:9,10, no more sickness pain or death Life Without End Revelation 21:1-5 jw.org.

Sacramenta Landrum Jun 30 2018 12:00 AM

Rest In Peace Mama Sue....you will be missed by so many. Love you always....

Michelle Herring Jun 29 2018 12:00 AM

Sending prayers

Douglas Farmer Jun 29 2018 12:00 AM

Sending prayers

Linda Witt Farmer Jun 28 2018 12:00 AM

Sorry for your loss, she was such a sweet lady. I will be praying for your family.

Amber Yates Jun 25 2018 12:00 AM

May she rest in peace.

Chris Balducci Jun 25 2018 12:00 AM

Prayers and thoughts for all the family! Such a sweet sweet lady!

Reba Mcknight Jun 25 2018 12:00 AM

I'll always remember Sue for her smile.

Joy Sumner Jun 25 2018 12:00 AM

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