Mr. Spenser Parnell Sumner, 23, of Cave Spring, died Wednesday, April 7, 2021 in a Chattanooga hospital from injuries sustained in an ATV accident a few days earlier.
Mr. Sumner was born in Krasnodor, Russia, on July 7, 1997, and came to live in America with his parents, Dr. Randolph Sumner and Dr. Susan Butler Sumner. He grew up in Cave Spring, and attended Cave Spring Elementary, Berry Elementary, Unity Christian School and was a graduate of the Coosa High School. He attended the Chattahoochee Technical College and was employed by the IBEW Local 613. Mr. Sumner had attended the West Rome Baptist Church and was a member of the Second Avenue Baptist Church.
Known for his big, infectious smile, Mr. Sumner touched many lives and enjoyed the outdoors and farm life in the country. In school, he played football and basketball. He loved his friends and off road vehicles. He had studied farming and raising livestock, and was president of the Sumner Cattle Farm.
Mr. Sumner was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Corn and Bill Butler of Lafayette and Jack and Merideth Butler of Hawkinsville.
Survivors include his parents, Dr. Randolph Sumner and Dr. Susan Butler Sumner of Cave Spring; three brothers, Arron Sumner (Brooke) of Savannah, Nathan Sumner (Leslie) of Grand Blanc, Michigan, and Lawson Sumner of Atlanta; and four sisters, Allison Landers of Raleigh, N.C., Mimi Luce (Matt) of St. Simmons, Esther Sumner of Rome, and Scarlett Sumner of Athens. His paternal grandparents, Roger and Mary Ruth Sumner of Rome, a number of nieces and nephews, and special friends Trey Rogers, Lex Rittenhouse, Bobby Spriggs, Debra Williamon, Danette (Nanny) Edwards and Reatha Dempsey also survive.
Funeral services for Mr. Sumner will be held Saturday at 2:30 P.M. at the Second Avenue Baptist Church with Dr. Harry Roland officiating. Entombment will follow in the Myrtle Hill Mausoleum. Pallbearers will include Aaron Sumner, Nathan Sumner, Lawson Sumner, Trey Rogers, Randy Spriggs, Bobby Spriggs, and Lex Rittenhouse.
The family will receive friends at John House’s Cave Spring Chapel Friday from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial be sent to Show Hope Adoption Aid, at Fundraiser@showhope.org. Be sure to designate memorials made in Spenser Sumner’s name.
Family and friends are mourning the death of Spenser Sumner, a former Unity Christian student who graduated from Coosa High in 2018. Spenser sustained serious head injuries in an accident on his ATV on Saturday evening in Cave Spring and was air lifted to a Chattanooga hospital. He passed away on Wednesday, Floyd County Coroner Gene Proctor confirms.
Tributes are flowing across Spenser’s Facebook page Wednesday evening. We’ll have additional updates soon.
He’s the second person to die in an ATV accident in recent days; a Polk County teen lost her life on March 27.
Unity Christian School shared a note with families about Spenser’s loss:
“Please be in prayer for the family of former Unity student Spenser Sumner. Spenser passed away today. Earlier this week, he was injured in an ATV accident. Spenser transferred to Coosa High School, where he graduated. He would have been in Unity’s graduating class of 2018. Former basketball coach Matt Claytor remembers Spenser as a player who played a hard as any player he ever coached. Friends of his remember his genuine concern for others. May the comfort and peace of Christ reign still more and more.”
On Monday, the family of the Polk County teen held memorial services in Rome. The accident happened at Tolbert Town Road near Mann Road in Polk County on March 27.
The victim was Abrianna High, a sixth-grade student at Rockmart Middle School. Abrianna, 13, was a passenger on a 2013 Polaris driven by a licensed 16-year-old girl who later was treated at Floyd Medical Center, according to the Georgia State Patrol.