The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


January 3, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013



Darlene Denise Sumpter

FAYETTEVILLE — Darlene Denise Sumpter, 44, of Fayetteville, passed away Sunday, December 30, 2012, at Ruby Memorial Hospital at Morgantown, W.Va., after a courageous battle with leukemia.

Born January 26, 1968, the daughter of Dennis Davis and Sandra (Jones) Davis.

Darlene graduated in the Class of 1986 from Oak Hill High School. In 2009, she joined the Mossy Living Word Church. She enjoyed driving a school bus for Fayette County Board of Education and her favorite pass-time was taking pictures, bear hunting, fishing, and Sunday drives. She looked forward to attending her family reunion each year.

She was preceded in death by her father Dennis Davis, brother David Duncan Jr., and uncle Jimmy Jones.

Those left to cherish her memory include her loving husband Daniel Lee Sumpter, two children Daniel Lee Jackson Jr. and wife Megan of Mossy, Brittney Nicole Menei and husband Nicholas of Bradley; brothers and sisters, Dwayne Baber of Minden, Curtis Baber of Rock Lick, Christine Lawhorn of Rock Lick, Daniel Duncan of Rock Lick; and her mother Sandra (Jones) Davis and her companion David Duncan Sr.

She is also survived by uncle Pete Jones of North Carolina; special uncle Johnny Jones and his wife Sandy of North Carolina, special aunt Betty Blosser of Ohio, aunt Dorothy Jones of Dempsey, W.Va.; father-in-law Eddie Higginbotham and Nancy, mother-in-law Vivian Gilkeson and Butch of Rainelle; her only sister-in-law Sue Higginbotham of Lester; two grandchildren Izabella and Layla; nieces and nephews Carrie, Joseph, Angel, Brianna, Tianna, Candace, C.J., Mallory, Dwayne, Josh, and Jerry; and one great niece Alonna. Darlene was awaiting the arrival of her next grandchild in August 2013.

Her remains rest at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, 1435 E. Main Street, Oak Hill, WV 25901, where the funeral service will be held 12 noon Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, with Pastor Paul Basham officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Oak Hill.

Pallbearers will be Daniel Jackson, Curtis Baber, Daniel Duncan, Nico Menei, Leo Lawhorn, and Bob Johnson.

Condolences may be sent to

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

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