The Union Recorder


April 9, 2014

Harold Sumerford

MILLEDGEVILLE — Harold Andrews Sumerford Sr. went to be with his Lord and Savior on April 6, 2014, his 77th birthday, due to complications from metastatic melanoma. Born in Americus on April 6, 1937, he is survived by his wife of 56 years, Patricia Davis Sumerford.

A 1959 industrial management graduate of Georgia Tech and member of Sigma Nu fraternity, he spent his entire career in the trucking industry. This career began in 1960 in Americus with J&M Trucking Company as an accountant, building the business included moving to Milledgeville, leading the growth of the company, and eventually becoming the owner. He then purchased the remaining operations of J&M Tank Lines. Until his retirement in 2006, he oversaw the building of a nationally recognized service and safety-oriented business. Throughout the years, he served on several boards including the American Trucking Association, Georgia Motor Trucking and National Tank Truck Carriers, serving as Chairman of the NTCC. He was a founding member of the Board of Directors for John Milledge Academy in Milledgeville, serving as a board member for 12 years.

A lifelong Methodist, Mr. Sumerford once served as chairman of the board of the First United Methodist Church in Milledgeville. He was proud to be an Eagle Scout. His entire life he was an avid sportsman, enjoying golf, tennis, quail hunting and fly-fishing. Mr. Sumerford was a dedicated Georgia Tech fan faithfully attending football and basketball games. 

He is also survived by his four children, Harold Sumerford Jr. (Shannon), Julie Sumerford Johnson (Steve), Gene Sumerford and Peter Sumerford (Beth); grandchildren, Brandi Dasher, Leslie Davis, Ashley Holahan, Connor Carlock, Karleigh Irwin, Lindy Sumerford, Kenley Irwin and George Sumerford; great-grandchildren, Trent Davis, Olivia Dasher, Sarah Dasher, Avery Holahan and Collier Holahan; siblings, Ginger York, Nancy Phelan and Rees Sumerford; brothers and sisters-in-law, Guy York, Bill Phelan, Brooke Sumerford and Mary Frances Stone; and many beloved nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Sarah Ricketson, and his brother, Sonnie Sumerford.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Boy Scouts Troop 21, c/o J Michael Greene, P.O. Box 1907, Americus, Ga. 31709 or the Georgia Sheriff’s Youth Homes, Attn: Memorial & Honor Fund, P.O. Box 1000, Stockridge, Ga. 30281 or online at A notation should be made “in honor of Harold Sumerford Sr.”

A celebration of Harold’s life followed by lunch will be held at Sumerford Farms at 1757 Upper River Road in Americus on Saturday, April 12, at noon.


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