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Charles Ellsworth Sumpter

June 17, 2023

Charles Ellsworth Sumpter died peacefully in his beloved home on June 17, 2023, after a long and full life. He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Jane Parkinson Sumpter, who he frequently reminded in life “I’ll be loving you always”

Born on May 13, 1926 at Virginia Baptist Hospital to the Rev. E.E. and Mary Jane Sumpter, Charlie carried with him throughout his life the influence of his minister father and the importance of service to the church. His younger brother, Calvin, preceded him in death many years ago.

Charles was devoted to his family and proud of his four children and their partners, six grandchildren and their partners, and two great-grandchildren. He loved them all and said a prayer for them each night before sleep.

Charlie had a long career as supervisor of the Virginia Department of Agriculture Regional Laboratory. He was committed in his work and showed respect to all those with whom he worked. He was a servant leader.

In retirement, Charlie created a new career through volunteering and remained active in the community into his late 80’s. He especially cared for his church, Fort Hill United Methodist, Churches for Urban Ministry, Lynchburg Daily Bread, Meals on Wheels, and Interfaith Outreach Association. In 2014 the Lynchburg District of the United Methodist Church honored Charles’ service and commitment by inducting him into the Laity Wall of Fame.

Like many men of his generation, he served his country during World War II in the US Navy as a hospital corpsman.

Charlie thrived on his friendships and acquaintances. Death was always something he hoped to delay by yet another day as he enjoyed this world and the people in it. He was curious and, without fail, was happy to take the time to chat. His life was made full by the many people he knew and met.

Charles was steadfast, kind, dedicated, and humble. He was loved by many and will be missed.

Please consider memorial contributions to Fort Hill United Methodist Church, Centra Hospice, Meals on Wheels, or Daily Bread

A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, July 17, 2023, at Fort Hill United Methodist Church.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg is assisting the family.

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Liz, I want you to know that your dad was one of my favorite volunteers at IOA! He always had a smile on his face and was ready to help wherever he could. I just loved working with him! I’m sorry we’ve lost touch and I couldn’t send you a personal message but I hope this finds you and your family doing well! You’ll miss your dad but, oh, the wonderful memories you must have !

Posted by Bev Maslow on July 31, 2023

To Shannon, Liz, Wesley and Mary Carolyn, our hearts are with you all, our dear old friends. We relish the memories of both Charles and Martha, and all of the wonderful times at your house in our younger years. You remain very special to us, and hope that one day soon we can meet again. With love always, Eric and Carolyn Everett

Posted by Eric Everett on July 28, 2023

Shannon, My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Harry Dillard (E C Glass 1971)

Posted by Harry Dillard on July 15, 2023

Charlie was such a nice man. I remember being at the stadium years ago and I looked up and there was Charlie. His smile was amazing and could lighten any heart. He worked at Lynchburg Health Department part time for a few years when I first started working there. He was happy and laughing.

Posted by Belinda G Chapman on June 21, 2023

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