OBITUARY

Dr. Edwin Allen Sumpter

June 5, 1930June 6, 2013

Dr. Edwin Allen Sumpter, 83, of Raleigh, died peacefully at home, June 6, 2013. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 10 at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church. Ed was the son of the late James Edward Sumpter and Frankie Euwilda Short. He was a graduate of Princeton University, Class of 1952, and graduated from The University of Virginia School of Medicine in 1956. After completing his residency at The University of Rochester, Dr. Sumpter practiced pediatrics in Rochester until joining the faculty at The University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1976. In 1981, he moved to Halifax County, North Carolina, where he joined Roanoke Amaranth, a nonprofit medical group serving eastern North Carolina. In 1989, he joined the faculty at the East Carolina University School of Medicine as Director of Outpatient Pediatrics. While there, he founded the TEDI Bear Children’s Advocacy Center. Dr. Sumpter retired from medical practice in 1995. Dr. Sumpter’s primary focus throughout his career was to serve the underserved. He spent periods of time in Haiti and Thailand providing medical care to those in need. After retiring, Dr. Sumpter moved to Wellfleet, Massachusetts, until 2005, when he returned to North Carolina to live in Raleigh. Ed is survived by his wife, Jeanne Penning Sumpter; son, David; daughter, Ann Harth; step-son William Sharpe; and step-daughters Jennifer Schwartz, Elizabeth See and Sarah Vestal; and thirteen grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to TEDI Bear Children’s Advocacy Center, 2303 Executive Circle, Greenville, NC 27834, or Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, 1801 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC 27605.

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Dr. Edwin Allen Sumpter

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Pitt County Medical Society

June 10, 2013

Many condolences from Pitt County Medical Society. The impact of TEDI Bear Children's Advocacy Center will be felt in this area for years to come; what a magnificent legacy!

June 10, 2013

Jeanne, I am so sorry for your loss. It was my privilege to work with you and your husband.
Fondly, Karen Prickett

Kathryn Sette

June 8, 2013

God bless and keep you, Jeanne and all the family. Our family loved and admired Dr.Sumpter from his days as a pediatrician in Rochester where he even made house calls for our very ill daughter and once asked if we didn't like him anymore because we hadn't asked him to Christmas that year. We are sorry for your loss and the loss to the many, many people he helped with his skills, his generous spirit and lively wit.

Marcia Edwards

June 8, 2013

Jeanne, Will be praying for you and your family.I loved working with Dr. Sumpter and having him as my daughter's first pediatrician.I wish I had known you all were here.What a legacy he left with TEDI BEAR.

Cindy Thompson

June 8, 2013

Jeanne,
Thank you for allowing me to be a small part of your family's lives for a short time. Even though I only knew Mr. Ed for a little while I will always remember that infectious smile of his which he had to the very end. My sympathies and prayers are with you.

Dr. Wanda Dawson

June 7, 2013

Richard and Jenny,
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Dr. Sumpter. You have my deepest sympathy. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Wanda

June 7, 2013

Dear Jenny and Rich,
On behalf of the entire NCCAT staff, I want to extend our deepest sympathy and let you know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Elaine Franklin

Shirley Prince

June 7, 2013

Dear Jenny and Rich,
We are so sorry for your loss. We will be thinking of you.
Warmly,
Shirley and Harold

Melisa Jessup

June 7, 2013

Jenny and Richard:
What a wonderful life Ed lived and what a difference he made to people! I know you will greatly miss him. My thoughts and prayers are with you during your huge loss.

Warmly,
Melisa Jessup

FROM THE FAMILY