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Beach Community Remembers William
Saturday, May 21 2022

The Beach Music community recieved the sad news about William Raby "Bill" Sumner who passed at his home in Ahoskie, North Carolina on May 20, 2022. A great ambassador and friend of beach music for many years and he will certainly be missed. We could always find Bill and his brother C.L. standing at the stage near the speaker stack enjoying every minute of any band that was performing. We send our thoughts and prayers to C.L. Sumner and niece Virginia LeighAnne Sumner. Graveside funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, 11:00 am at the Sumner Family Cemetery, 450 Highway 561 East , Ahoskie, NC.

To send your condolences to the family, please visit the funeral home website and we've included the full obituary for you below.

Obituary from Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service

William Raby "Bill" Sumner
June 23, 1964 - May 20, 2022
AHOSKIE, NC – William Raby Sumner, age 57, passed away on May 20, 2022 at his home.

Mr. Sumner was born in Ahoskie, NC, on June 23, 1964, a son of the late Cecil Lawrence and Alice Ray Sumner. William was a graduate of Ahoskie High School and earned his Associates degree in business from Roanoke Chowan Community College. He worked as a Manager for James River Equipment Company. He was an avid Wolfpack fan and devoted member of the Wolfpack Club. Bill enjoyed listening to music, especially live, and enjoyed a wide variety of music, from Bluegrass to Beach Music. He was a lover of animals as was evident in his love for his feline friend, Smooth. Bill was a friend to many and will be missed by all who knew him. Left to cherish his memory is his brother, Cecil Lawrence “C.L.” Sumner, Jr. of Ahoskie, NC; and his niece, Virginia LeighAnne Sumner of Eure, NC. The family will receive friends on Monday, May 23, 2022, from 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm at Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie, NC. A celebration of life graveside service will be held on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, 11:00 am at the Sumner Family Cemetery, Ahoskie, NC, with Rev. Jim Skipper officiating.

Flowers are welcome or memorial donations may be made directly to Hickory Chapel Original Free Will Baptist Church, 531 NC 561 East, Ahoskie, NC, 27910 or online by clicking here or to PAWS of Hertford County, 231 Mt. Moriah Rd., Ahoskie, NC 27910; or you may donate online by clicking here. Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Ahoskie Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Sumner family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting


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