James Edwin Sumpter
1924 - 2010
James Edwin Sumpter passed away Oct. 21, 2010 in his home at Bonita Creek. He was born July 16, 1924 in Calvin, Okla. and moved to Phoenix in 1937.
In 1943, he joined the U.S. Army and served for three years with the 2012 Engineer Aviation Firefighting Platoon in England, France, Belgium and Germany. After his service discharge he became an ironworker with Allison Steel and until his retirement in 1983, he worked for various construction companies with jobs in Utah, Illinois, California and Arizona.
In 1948, Mr. Sumpter married the love of his life, Clara Rebecca “Becky” Nourse. In 1957, they purchased the original Pyle ranch home at Bonita Creek just north of Payson. They became full-time residents in 1958 and he so loved the rustic life.
In 1961, Jim became the proud father of a wonderful son, Jimmy, and in 1963 his family became complete with the addition of a beautiful daughter, Susie “Bug.”
Helping others was one of Mr. Sumpter’s favorite pastimes and he was able to do this by being involved with the Masonic Lodge, Elks, American Legion, Moose, Marine Corps League, Sheriff’s Posse, and Search and Rescue Squad. Not only did he participate in these organizations, but he also organized and participated in many community projects in which he could help others. Fortunately many of these events included a pit barbecue and he thoroughly enjoyed cooking delicious meat, as well as making his famous beans and tamales.
Mr. Sumpter was preceded in death by his father, Earnest; mother, Gladys; sisters, Gerry Ann, Peggy and Virginia. He leaves behind his loving wife, Becky; son, Jim; daughter, Susie; son-in-law, Danny; and his grandchildren, Becca and Pablo.
Mr. Sumpter left a legacy of friendship; to him someone new was not a stranger — simply a friend he was just meeting.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 6 at Payson Pioneer Cemetery. A reception to celebrate his life will immediately follow the service and be held at the Payson Masonic Lodge, located at 200 E. Rancho Road.
The family requests memorial contributions be made to: Humane Society of Central Arizona, Building Fund, 812 S. McLane Road, Payson, AZ 85541, Attn: Sara Hock.