Ronald O. Sumter

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Ronald O. Sumter

August 16, 1937 - January 01, 2019

Ronald O. Sumter Ron Sumter was born in Atoka, Oklahoma to Robert O. Jr. and Vera Sumter on August 16, 1937. He attended the University of Oklahoma and East Central University, where he met the love of his life, Heidi Lowrimore, marrying her in June 1957. Ron and Heidi welcomed three children into the world: Stephen, Scott and Stephanie.
After his undergraduate degree, Ron attended Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth, Texas finishing in 1963. HIs first church after his ordination was Westridge Christian Church in Roswell, NM. In 1967 Ron accepted the invitation to become minister of the First Christian Church in Huntsville, Texas where he served until his resignation in 1996. From there he and Heidi began their adventures traveling while Ron served as an interim minister for the Disciples of Christ Churches in Oklahoma City, OK, the Woodlands, Corpus Christi, Amarillo, and Rockwall, Texas.
Ron loved running, completing marathons in Houston, Boston and New York among many others. He had a great love of college football, his favorites being the University of Oklahoma Sooners, Texas Christian University Horned Frogs and the Sam Houston State Bearkats, where he served as chaplain while in Huntsville. Ron also had a great love of fishing, sharing this love with his parents and his children.
Ron was preceded in death by his wife Heidi, his parents and his older brother Bill. He is loved and survived by his son Stephen and his partner John Leonard Gresham, son Scott and daughter Stephanie, her husband Greg Fouche and his grand daughters Elizabeth and Maryclaire.
His Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Royal Lane Baptist Church, 6707 Royal Lane, Dallas, TX at 2.00pm.

"Well done, good and faithful servant." (Matthew 25:21)

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to www.raicestexas.org
Published on January 7, 2019
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Linda Steele Richter
Jan 13, 2019
Preacher Ron was one of the most personable genuine ministers I have ever known. He also had a great sense of humor. I have many great memories of his ministry at First Christian church in Huntsville Texas. R.I.P. dear friend
Don Cooper
Jan 09, 2019
Ron helped us at FCC in Tyler as an interim pastor when we were in a search process for a pastor . Wonderful pastor and friend. He will be missed.
Elizabeth Spain
Jan 09, 2019
My first memory of Ron was in 1974 when my husband, Sidney Spain, and I recruited travelers to Israel with Jack Suggs/John Stewart as leaders and lecturers. We shared bus duty with Ron and had a blast.
Then we renewed acquaintance when Ron was interim at FCC in Tyler a decade ago. He has now finished the race and is in the loving presence of God.
Larry Cruse
Jan 07, 2019
We shared many a good time.