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Grady Sumner Jr

d. September 5, 2023

Grady E. Sumner Jr., 72, of Bedford, Virginia passed away on September 5, 2023.  He was the son of the late Grady E. Sumner Sr. and Mirta Overstreet Sumner.

Grady was born on September 27, 1950, in Bedford, Virginia.

Grady graduated from Liberty High School of Bedford, then pursued his career as a home builder.  He was a member of the Poplar Forest Golf Club and an avid golfer.  He enjoyed camping, fishing, hiking, relic hunting, and time spent with family.

Grady is survived by his wife, Karen, his sister Lisa Wilson, her husband Tim, their children Larkin, Taylor, and Riley, his daughter Erin Middleton, and her wife Danielle, his daughter Sara Busch, and her husband Charles, their son Brooks, his son Evan Sumner, and his wife Kate,  his stepson Jeremy Tassone, and his wife Lara, their children Joda and Bodhi, his stepdaughter Lisa Phipps, and her husband Tad, their children Hanna and Nyah, his stepdaughter Gina Sutherland, and her husband Russell, their children Flower and Lark, and many other loving friends and neighbors.

Grady was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.  His offbeat sense of humor, his enjoyment of outdoor adventures, and his simple outlook on life will be greatly missed.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, September 9, 2023, from 5-7 at Tharp Funeral Home in Lynchburg, Virginia.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.   

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.  To send condolences, please visit
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