Gwendolyn Sumpter Obituary, Death – On January 25, 2023, Gwendolyn C. Sumpter, who was 104 years old and lived in Normantown, West Virginia, went to be with the Lord at her heavenly home. Gwen passed away in the home of her daughter Joan Fluharty, where she had been receiving care for the past four years prior to her passing.
She passed away peacefully in her sleep due to natural causes; her body had just run its course. On August 6, 1918, Gwen was brought into the world in Arnoldsburg, West Virginia. It was her parents, Leeman Alltop and Allie (Beall) Alltop, who gave birth to her. On September 23, 1939, she wed Oren Sumpter, who passed away in 1998, and the couple went on to have five children: Sharon (Kenny d.2015) Schulz of Elyria, Ohio; Judy (d.2020) (Sonny) Hashman of Elyria, Ohio; Joan (Wayne) Fluharty of Canton, Ohio; Peggy (Paul) Whyte of Jackson, Ohio; and Bryan (Cheryl) Sumpter of She is survived by two half-sisters and one half-brother,
Karen (Clyde) Duley of Belpre, Ohio, Betty McDonald and Leeman Junior Alltop, both of Coolville, Ohio. She was predeceased by two brothers, Frank Alltop and Eustace Alltop. Gwen was a hardworking housewife who put in a lot of effort to ensure that her home was immaculate and that her yard and garden were stunning. On Steer Run, she attended services at the Upper Steer Run Baptist Church, where she was a member (Normantown). Gwen was a loving member of her family as well as her community, and she passed down many of the lessons she had learned during her life to those who were younger.
She had a deep affection for going to the Gilmer County Senior Center in Glenville, and she continued to make the trip there on her own until she was well into her 90s. She maintained her clarity of thought up until the very end. There were nine grandchildren born to Oren and Gwen: Ron (Cheryl) Schulz of North Branch, Michigan; Dean (Sabrina) Schulz of Pittsboro, North Carolina; Dawn (Tim) Burns of Elyria, Ohio; Libby Hashman of Edmond, Oklahoma; Steve Fluharty (who passed away in 1998); Scott Fluharty of Canton, Ohio; Stacy (John) Brunner of Columbus, Ohio; Bill (Theresa) Whyt Gwen also has 15 great grandkids and 11 great great grandchildren to leave behind after her passing.
Gwen’s husband, Oren Sumpter, passed away in 1998; their daughter, Judy Hashman, passed away in 2020; their grandson, Steve Fluharty, passed away in 1998; and their son-in-law, Kenny Schulz, passed away in 1998. (2015). A memorial ceremony is going to be held at the Ellyson Mortuary in Glenville, West Virginia, later on this winter (once all of the family members are able to travel). The event will be held later. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the Senior Nutrition Program at the Gilmer County Senior Center or to the Upper Steer Run Baptist Church located at 456 Steer Run in Normantown, West Virginia 25267.
(720 N Lewis St, Glenville, WV 2635). The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to Gwen’s niece Katy Spade, whom she loved like a daughter, and to Mayme McNemer, who assisted Gwen in remaining in her own home well past the age of one hundred. Both of these women made it possible for Gwen to continue living in her own home for as long as possible. She was known as Mammaw to many people, and others referred to her as their cherished Aunt Gwennie. However, we referred to her as Mother, our lovely Mother. We shall miss her.
The family of Gwendolyn C. Sumpter has expressed their gratitude to Ellyson Mortuary, Inc. for their assistance with the local arrangements.