Ernie Sumrall

Ernie  Sumrall

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Ernie C. Sumrall, 65, of New Port Richey, passed away surrounded by love on May 5, 2023 at HCA Oak Hill Hospital. Born at Wiesbaden Air Force Base in Germany, he grew up in many places as an “army brat.” Most notably, he was raised in his family town of Sumrall, MS. He was a lifelong student receiving a bachelor’s degree, two master’s degrees and doctorate degree in Theology. He spent nearly 20 years serving as an Episcopal priest in Illinois, Mississippi, and Florida, as well as chaplain in the US National Guard for several years. Most recently, he worked at the Home Depot in Palm Harbor. He was a multi-faceted force of nature with passions for music, art, culture, and education. He is survived by his wife, Xiaoqing “Lucy” Deng; mother, Glena Sumrall; daughters, Bridget Kemp (Michael) and Veronica Sumrall; grandchildren, Isaiah Luckmann, Roman Richards, and Lottie Kemp; as well as a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, blended family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Ernest Sumrall Jr. A local memorial service will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to charity, help someone in need, or choose a random act of kindness in his honor.


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  • October 27, 2023
    Tammy Stokes says:
    I just found out that Ernie passed away in Oct 2023. I went to high school with him at Central Baptist School in Hattiesburg Ms. He was a really nice guy and a friend. He was so funny. I’m sorry for the family’s loss. Tammy King Stokes

  • October 27, 2023
    Sandra McRaney Stevenson says:
    Ernie and I went to high school together. He was a great friend. I am praying for the family. Sandra McRaney Stevenson

  • June 09, 2023
    Barbara Counts says:
    So sorry to lose him so young. I was part of the board that brought Ernie to St. Matthew’s. He had some great ideas for growth in our church.

  • May 13, 2023
    Gaire Distler says:
    I will remember Ernie as a wonderful parish priest. He filled a big void when he became the priest in our parish.

  • May 12, 2023
    Bethany Wingo says:
    Ernie easily made people laugh and feel comfortable around him. He was wicked smart, but approachable to all and never showboated. He was a humble man and a servant leader. Ernie was the best kind of priest, because his sole motivation in ministry was to help others. He could care less about titles and pageantry. I am blessed for having been his friend, and I find comfort knowing I will see him again in glory.

  • May 12, 2023
    Bill Levens says:
    The greater the person, the greater the loss. He will always be Father Ernie to me, and his impact will never be forgotten. So sorry he was taken too early.

  • May 12, 2023
    Sheri Levens says:
    Not only was Ernie a loving and decent man, he had a special gift for ministry. His preaching was inspiring, and his pastoral care left an indelible mark when he visited my husband Bill in the hospital. His passing is a great loss and we will remember him with love.

  • May 12, 2023
    Peggy & Denny Rodebush says:
    We loved Fr Ernie dearly and have so many fond memories! When my husband Denny was taking off on his 1 year Great Loop boat trip, Ernie came over and we had a beautiful “blessing” ceremony on our dock! Denny made the trip safely and Ernie’s blessings were felt the whole way from Florida up the east coast to Canada, across the Great Lakes and down the Midwest to Florida again. Rest in peace good & faithful servant!

  • May 12, 2023
    Chris Luckmann says:
    Was a blessing to know you and experience fun times together with the grandkids.

  • May 12, 2023
    Joe says:
    You will be missed good friend. I pray that you find peace and joy in heaven.