Samuel H Sumrall

January 19, 1941November 18, 2019
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Funeral services for Samuel Henry Sumrall, Sr., 78, of Tyler, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 23, 2019 at Starrville Cemetery with Bro. Jaime Eitson officiating.

Sam passed away on November 18, 2019 in Tyler, at Christus Trinity Mother Frances Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on January 19, 1941 in Anguilla, Mississippi. Sam grew up in Orange, TX. He was a devoted husband, dad and Papaw. He was extremely proud of all his grandchildren's accomplishments and always looked forward to being there to support them. He loved being outdoors fishing and working in his garden on his Ford Long tractor. Sam was so proud to work for Case Tractor Company in Tyler for 42 years, delivering and demonstrating heavy equipment. Anyone that knew him could find him in his Case uniform with a red rag in his back pocket. He was such a loving man who was willing to open his heart to anyone. He always had a genuine, warm smile and kind words for anyone who encountered him. He will be greatly missed, especially by his family who loved him beyond words.

Sam is survived by his wife, Judy Ann Sumrall of 53 years from Tyler, TX; brother Lorenzo and wife Josie Sumrall from Nederland, TX; son Sammy and wife Terrie Sumrall, from Winona, TX; son Toby Sumrall from Winona, TX; daughter Amanda and husband, John Allen from Tyler, TX; daughter Susie and husband Rickey Kimbrough from Winona, TX; daughter Becky and husband, J.R. Wood from Tyler, TX; grandchildren Samantha Sumrall, Zach Sumrall, Morgan Sumrall, Sarah Kimbrough, Kelsey Kimbrough, Rustan Wood, Raina Wood, Bailey Wood, Taylor Wood, Julie Wood, Carrie Hardisty, Chase Hardisty, and Courtney Hardisty and numerous nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents Henry and Lilly Sumrall; sister Gladys Barron and brother Dave Sumrall.

Pallbearers will be Rustan Wood, J.R. Wood, Stephen Pope, Matthew Pope, Evan Kersh, Scotty Pope, Ricky Pope and Alan Adams.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Zach Sumrall, Rickey Garza, Ty Nick, Nate Hampton, John Pope and Robbie Pope.

The family will receive friends for a visitation from 6:00 -8:00 p.m. Friday, November 22, 2019 at Lloyd James Funeral Home.


  • Visitation Friday, November 22, 2019
  • Graveside Service Saturday, November 23, 2019


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Jacqueline Butler

November 21, 2019

Mr. Surmall would always make and bring us homemade chili when Becky worked at TSJH in admissions the best chili ever.
So we gave him a nickname: CHILI MAN

Sherry Garza

November 21, 2019

Paul Bennett

November 21, 2019

I have such fond memories from my childhood of time spent with Sam, riding in his big truck and watching him drive big tractors. My dad often remarked that Sam could operate any tractor, and how impressed he was with Sam's skills. I remember Sam as a kind and gentle man, who always had a smile. I know that he and my dad are reunited in Heaven now, reminiscing over coffee.

Please accept my sincerest sympathy, and may God bless you.

Jeanette Bennett

November 21, 2019

I’m so sorry to hear of Sam’s death. I remember Sam as a fine person, always smiling. He was a trusted employee of my husband for the 36 years he was in business. Paul thought so much of Sam, not only as a trusted employee but as a good friend that he could always depend on.

Jeanette Bennett
(Mrs. Paul Bennett)

Connie Allen

November 20, 2019

Sorry for your loss
I enjoyed talking to Sam
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Kristi Daniels

November 20, 2019

Sorry for your lost John Allen your aunt Kristi Daniels