Barbara Joyce Sumrall


Barbara Joyce Sumrall, age 73, of Palestine, entered eternal rest on Saturday, the 24th day of August, 2019. She was born on the 2nd day of December, 1945, in Palestine, Texas, to Willie Johnson and Bessie Martin Johnson.
Barbara loved the Lord and was a member of the Church of Christ. She was a Bible Scholar and took pleasure in studying scripture. In her younger years, she enjoyed deer hunting with great success. She was a great cook and baker, and will be missed, even more so around the holidays. Barbara loved flowers, gardening and was an avid Texas Rangers Fan.
She is preceded in death by her parents Willie and Bessie Johnson; brothers, James Johnson and Ronnie Johnson; and sisters, Linda Woolverton, Shirley Johnson and Pat Crawford.
Barbara is survived by her husband of 56 years, Doug Sumrall; daughters, Tracy Pettiette and husband Lester, Lucinda Maddin and husband Frank, Sammye Sumrall, Terri Guajardo and husband Marcos; sisters, Toni Ybarra, Roxie Johnson; grandchildren, Laura Torrez, Joshua McMeans, Ethan Maddin, Luke Maddin, Travis Bennett, Jessica Bennett and Nathaniel Guajardo; 5 great-grandchildren; and other family and friends.
Friends are cordially invited to visit with the family and share memories of Barbara from five o'clock until seven o'clock in the evening on Monday, the 26th day of August, 2019, at Rhone Funeral Home.
Funeral services for Barbara Sumrall will be conducted at one o'clock in the afternoon on Tuesday, the 27th day of August, 2019, in the Rhone Memorial Chapel with Dan Manuel and Paul Jones officiating. Interment will follow in Land of Memory Cemetery.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Luke Maddin, Joshua McMeans, Brian Torrez, Travis Bennett, Ethan Maddin, Marcos Guajardo, Jeff Sumrall and Larry Wall. Honorary pallbearer will be Nathaniel Guajardo.
In lieu of customary remembrances, memorial contributions in Barbara's memory can be directed towards the Palestine Community Food Pantry at Court Drive Church of Christ, 1434 Court Drive, Palestine, Texas 75803 or the Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, Texas 75701.
Funeral services for Barbara Joyce Sumrall are in care of Rhone Funeral Home, 3900 S. State Highway 19, Palestine, Texas. To leave online condolences, visit
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Published on August 26, 2019
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Ada Jackson
Aug 27, 2019
I just heard about Barbara's death and am so very sorry. I remember the times we ate out after church, went for lunch and talked and talked and just the way Barbara always had a smile and nice word to say. and her generous spirit was felt by all. My memories of her also include her cooking skills and how wonderful everything looked and tasted. I have thought about her so much wherever I lived . She made a big impact on my life. Everyone will miss her.