Kenneth Wynnfield Sumner Sr.

June 23, 1940March 11, 2018

Kenneth Wynnfield Sumner, Sr., age 77, of Louisville, Kentucky went home to be with the Lord on March 11, 2018 after a two-year battle with Leukemia. The celebration of life service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on March 16th at Westport Road Baptist Church, Louisville Kentucky. Burial will follow the celebration of life service at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Central, Fort Knox, Kentucky at 12:30 p.m. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Arch L Heady and Son Funeral Home on Westport Rd. Ken was born in Wrightsville, Georgia on June 23, 1940. He served honorably in the US Coast Guard in Alaska, where he met his wife, Martha Helen Schutte. Martha and Ken were married for 56 years before his passing. Ken was married to Martha on March 31, 1962 in Juneau Alaska. From there, the wedded couple traveled to Far Rockaway, New York with the Coast Guard, then on to Jacksonville, Florida where they welcomed their oldest daughter, Tara Hope, followed closely by Lea Erin. After his time as a Coastie, he accepted an entry level position in Southern California with Royal Crown Cola. Their home, a stone’s throw away from Disneyland, would greet their two sons Ken Jr. and Mabry Adam and complete the family. Southern California became their home and the sunny weather fostered an outdoor lifestyle that included boating at the lake, beach weekends, long BBQ Saturdays in the pool, raising several animals including horses, goats, chickens, rabbits, and peacocks, and of course, a round of golf or two. Martha and “Windy” as he was affectionately called by his siblings, set about raising their family, playing an active role in their church community, and enjoying the spoils of sunny 80 degrees year-round. Ken loved his work in the beverage industry. He began his career as a truck driver for RC Cola in Southern California. Through his hard work, honesty and integrity, he quickly advanced through the company to the highest position as President. He continued to serve in senior leadership roles from then on with Coca-Cola, Purefil Water Co., and Glacier Water until he retired after 48 years in the business in 2014. His career path took them to Virginia, Kentucky, back to Virginia, then back to California where they retired to Lawrence Welk’s Champagne Village. His lifestyle didn’t slow down in retirement, he served as President of his community and Sunday School class. He enjoyed weekly bible studies with his golfing buddies, and was in his element as master of ceremonies at community functions. He and Martha purchased a motorhome and hit the road with their motorhome club traveling all over the United States. Ken’s strong faith and deep devotion to family was evident in every aspect of his life. He was a great example of how to live a Godly life, a true servant of God. Ken is survived by his beautiful bride, Martha, his children, Tara Thornton, Lea and Jim Foote, Ken and Karen Sumner Jr. and Mabry Sumner, his grandchildren Chezerrae Kizer, Ashley Williams, Elizabeth Crocco, Brittney Blysma, Trevor Foote and Amanda Foote, Jackson and Kate Sumner; his sister, Lois Dixon and Brothers John A. Sumner and Delma Sumner and many great grandchildren. Ken is preceded in death by his grandson Trey Foote; his parents John Quincy Adams Sumner and Ruby Sumner; brothers, Eldridge Sumner, John B. Sumner. Flowers may be sent for the Celebration of Life service to Westport Road Baptist Church, Louisville Kentucky or for the burial to Arch L. Heady and Son Funeral Home on Westport Road. In lieu of customary expressions the family has asked for memorial contributions to be made to


  • Rememberance Service Friday, March 16, 2018
  • Committal and Honors Friday, March 16, 2018

Kenneth Wynnfield Sumner Sr.

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Pamela 'Azalea' Bush-Stepp

March 26, 2018

Dear Aunt Martha, Tara, Lea, Kenny & Mabry, just wanted to let you know that your niece/cousin from Jacksonville is praying for you all. Uncle Windy was so dear to me, especially being mom's baby brother. I have included a photo of you, Aunt Martha and Uncle Windy with mom at her Surprise 90th Birthday Party. Wish I could have gotten a copy of the photo of Uncle Windy and Mom! Everyone was dressed in '20's' garb and each and everyone was stunning! This was one of my favorite memories along with so many more when my parents got transferred from Honolulu to Jacksonville and Uncle Windy was in the Coast Guard up in Alaska. We would get to meet his new bride Aunt Martha and how beautiful you were and still are. You all are precious to me and wish the miles didn't separate us. Jim & Del and I are going to plan a cousin-reunion and hope to see all of you when we formulate the plans. God is so good and I know He'll wrap His loving arms around you and give you comfort and sweet memories! Psalm 56:8 Love, Pam

Lois Dixon

March 26, 2018

Windy, I am so thankful that I had the honor of giving you your first name, "Kenneth." I was a senior at Wrightsville High School and 17 years old! What an exciting gift to have a new baby brother! You were just like my very own baby because I got to walk around the block with you on my hip and show you off to everyone! You were the cutest baby ever and became one of 5 of the most handsome brothers a girl could have! I miss you every day and had it not been for my not being able to walk so good, I'd have been right there in Louisville with Martha and all my beautiful nieces and nephews, hugging them and holding them close. You will always remain in my heart and I'm so comforted by the fact that we will see each other again in heaven. Praying for Martha, Tara, Lea, Kenny and Mabry and their families as we all grieve our loss.

Judy Fallon

March 15, 2018

Dear Martha and family,
My eyes filled with tears and my heart broke for you as I read about Ken's death. I will always remember the strong but gentle man who lead out adult fellowship class with grace and integrity, who offered his help generously, and who entertained us with his participation in crazy skits. I thank the Lord that you had these last couple of years with him and I praise the Lord that he is no longer struggling with disease. I know Tim was right there to welcome him as he entered the kingdom of heaven.
Love to all,

Wanda Thies

March 14, 2018

Martha and family: so many of us share your loss. Ken was a wonderful person. It is such a comfort to know that he is in the presence of his Lord. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Tom and Wanda.