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Emma Sue Sumner

June 2, 1938 — June 24, 2018

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 


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Sunday, July 1, 2018

2:00 - 3:00 pm (Central time)

Shelby Cemetery

MS-32, Shelby, MS

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Sunday, July 1, 2018

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Cleveland Funeral Home Chapel

3463 Hwy 8, Cleveland, MS 38732

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