Bula Mae (Susie) McNeer Sumrall passed away at her home on December 22 after a lengthy illness. Services will be held on Thursday, December 28, 2017. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. followed by the celebration of life service at 1:00 p.m. at the Ray Funeral Home in Cleveland, Mississippi with interment in the North Cleveland Cemetery.
She was born in Bolivar County on August 15, 1928, to Doty McNeer and Bessie Robinson McNeer.
In 1946 she graduated from Merigold High School where she served as salutatorian and played on the basketball team. She attended Delta State College for a short time before joining South Central Bell as a telephone operator. On December 21, 1947 she married W. J. (Dub) Sumrall and helped begin Sumrall Farms, serving as the bookkeeper.
For seventy years she was a member of the First Baptist Church of Boyle, where she was active in the choir, Women’s Missionary Union, Girls’ Auxiliary, Sunday school and training union. She served as church clerk for 50 years.
She enjoyed participating in the Bolivar County Extension Homemakers’ Club, where she served as secretary. She was known for her homemaking talents, excelling in the culinary arts and seamstress skills.
She was preceded in death by her husband of sixty-five years; father and mother; and three brothers, Rev. R. B. (Buddy) McNeer of Yazoo City, Lester McNeer of Nesbitt, Willie Gale McNeer of Cleveland. She is survived by four siblings: Donnell McNeer (Gloria) of Cleveland, Chester McNeer of Drew, Joy Hays of Crowville (Louisiana) and Peggy Saunders of Oklahoma. She is survived by two sons and daughters: Jerry (Sheila) Sumrall of Canton, John (Katie) Sumrall of Canton, Judy (Robert) Godbold of Cleveland and Jane (Keith) Johnson of Burnsville (North Carolina). She leaves ten grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Jeff Sumrall, Jeremy Sumrall, Ted Gainey, Seth Johnson, Stuart Johnson, Russ Godbold, Gary Jennings and Ron McNeer.
Memorials honoring the life of Bula Mae (Susie) McNeer Sumrall may be sent to the following: First Baptist Church, P. O. Box 218, Boyle, MS 38730-0218 and Sunny Seniors, 107 South Victoria Avenue, Cleveland, MS 38732.