February 21, 1948 - April 14, 2019
Billy Ray Sumrall, age 71 and a resident of Franklinton, went to be with the Lord Sunday night April 14, 2019 at Lakeview Regional Medical Center. He was a Class of 1966 graduate of Franklinton High School. Billy Ray joined the United States Army and served during the Vietnam War. He was a true entrepreneur as he owned many different businesses through the years, including The Catfish Hut, Amite Homes and Sumrall Mobile Home Park and several others. Billy Ray enjoyed hunting, fishing and the outdoors. He was a member of First Baptist Church and a one-of-a-kind personality. He always enjoyed spending time with his family, often while going out to eat, and loved playing with his young great-granddaughter.
Survived by: Wife of 51 years: Joyce Sumrall of Franklinton; Daughter and Son in law: Kristi Sumrall Lemoine and Richard Lemoine of Watson, LA; Son and Daughter in law: Billy Joe and Robin Sumrall of Franklinton; 4 Grandchildren and a Spouse: Amber Nicole Lemoine, William David Lemoine, Harley Alexander Sumrall, Brooke Jordan Bankston and Dewayne Bankston; Great-granddaughter: Adrienne Kate “Addy Kate” Bankston; 4 Brothers and a Sister in law: Jewell Sumrall, Virgil Sumrall, Levi Sumrall all of Franklinton, Michael and Rose Sumrall of Amite; Sister: Jeanette Sumrall of Franklinton; 2 “Adopted” children: Stan Statham, Melinda Stafford; Also numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents Zander Sumrall, Sr. and Liddie Spears Sumrall, 5 brothers Murle Sumrall, James Sumrall, Darvin Sumrall, Doyle Sumrall, Zander “Junior” Sumrall, Jr., a sister Myrtle Sumrall Nielson and mother in law Ettie Cutrer.
Visitation will be at Crain Funeral Home Thursday April 18th from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm and after 9:00 am on Friday. A funeral service will be held in the funeral home chapel at 11:00 am Friday with Rev. Stan Statham and Rev. Randall Camardelle officiating. Burial will follow in Ellis Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorial donations to the Washington Parish Food Bank and Thrift Store (2208 Washington Street, Franklinton, LA) or to Hospice Compassus.
Pallbearers: Ronnie Nielson, Gary Nielson, Greg Holmes, Timmy Holmes, Keith Sumrall, Alex Sumrall