September 17, 1940 ~ January 4, 2006

Born in: Buncombe Co.,
Resided in: Candler, NC

Fonda Bradley Sumner, 65, of 21 English Drive, Candler, died Wednesday, January 4, 2006, at her home. Mrs. Sumner was a lifelong resident of Buncombe County and was a daughter of the late Fulton and Iris Ballard Bradley. She was preceded in death by an infant brother, Ray Fulton Bradley. She was a past member of N.A.W.I.C. and a member of the Adult Sunday School Class of West Asheville Baptist Church. She attended Crossroads Assembly of God. Surviving are her loving husband of 48 years, C.J. Sumner, Jr.; two daughters, Rene’ Simpson and her husband, Gary, of Arden and Michelle Sprinkle and her husband, Albert, of Asheville; one son, Lamar Sumner and his wife, Cheryl, of Fairview; two granddaughters, Jessica Teil Sumner and Jillian Sidney Sumner of Fairview; two grandsons, Justin Scott Bagwell of Asheville and Bryan Eugene Simpson of Arden; one sister, Elaine Parker and her husband, Caroll, of Candler, three nieces and two nephews. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home with the Rev. Jim Maynor officiating. Entombment will follow at Pisgah View Memorial Park Mausoleum. Her family will receive friends from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Mountain Area Hospice, PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813, or to American Cancer Society, 120 Executive Park, Building One, Asheville, NC 28801.

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  1. CJ, I am sorry sorry to hear of your loss. I pray that God will give you
    the strength to face the difficult days ahead. Try to reflect on your many years of marriage.
    I pray God will give you a peace that
    passeth all understanding.
    Betty Ponder
    UNC Asheville

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  2. CJ and family,
    I was totally shocked to hear about Fonda. You will certainly be in my thoughts and prayers. I have many cherished memories of our families. Take care of each other. Love to all. Ginny

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  3. CJ, On behalf of all the women at Printing Services, let me offer our condolences for the passing of your wife, your friend, and your children’s mother and grandmother. Just like the road will always bend, we will surely meet again. May God bless and keep you and yours during this time of great grief, yet celebration too, of a life well spent in love and laughter.

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  4. CJ, Rene, Lamar, Michelle and famlies, I am so sorry to hear of your loss and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. I have such wonderful memories of our families being together and how loving Fonda was to everyone who crossed her path. May God bless each of you and touch your hearts with comfort. Love, Mary Ella

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  5. We are very sorry to hear about your loss of Fonda. We know that she was a great wife, mother and grandmother as well as a great person and lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with you now.

    The Reese family.
    Johnny, Beth, Sandra, Bill & Pat

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  6. Fonda’s contributions to the lives of so many people, including my own,are surely remembered by all whose life she shared. May the peace that passes understanding overshadow all of you.

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  7. May faith be your guide through this time of grieving and may it be the source of your strength and the light of each tomorrow. God bless each of you and may you find comfort in this prayer.

    PLEASE GIVE US STRENGTH AND COURAGE, LORD, TO BEAR WHAT WE MUST BEAR. NUDGE US WHEN OUR FAITH IS WEAK TO REMIND US YOU ARE THERE. GIVE US HOPE FOR OUR TOMORROWS, TELL US LIFE WILL GO ON. SHOW US, LORD, THAT ALL THIS DARKNESS WILL BE FOLLOWED BY DAWN. YOU HAVE LED US THROUGH MANY THINGS, YOU’VE PULLED US THROUGH BEFORE. HOLD US UP, LORD, TILL WE’RE THROUGH THIS ONE AND WE ARE STRONG ONCE MORE. AMEN.

    My Love and Prayers are with you.
    Jimmie Dean

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  8. CJ,

    I am deeply sorry for the loss of such a special person in your life. I pray for you and your family that God will bring you his strength and his shoulder to lean on. Please know that we here at Student Health Services are here for you for whatever you or your family should need. We love you CJ and I keep you in my prayers. God speed to Fonda.

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  9. So very sorry to learn of your wife’s passing. I hope your many wonderful memories of the past 48 years and your loving family will help to sustain you. I will keep you and Fonda in my prayers. I know she is in good and loving hands.

    Elise

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  10. Dear C J and family, I am so sorry for the lost of your lovely wife/mother. My deepest sympathy to you C J. As we went to Lee Edwards together just know that I am here as well as our other classmates if you need us. My God keep you in His loving arms and give all you the strength to get thorough this.

    With deepest smypathy,

    Peggy Guest-Totherow

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  11. I am so sorry for your loss. As long as I can remember, CJ and Fonda have been a part of the ‘family’. They have been great friends to Betty and to our family. Whenever I talked to Betty, she always said that Fonda was asking about Bruce (and this was before she was diagnosed herself). I will always remember Fonda smiling and laughing. She was a very dear and sweet lady.
    Jenny Blalock Kennerly

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  12. I am sorry to hear of your loss. It was pleasure knowing Fonda over the years. I am sure she will be sadly missed.

    Phil

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  13. CJ,
    We are saddened to hear about the death of Fonda. We will be keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
    Sincerely,
    Quinton and Jeannette Thomas

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