Billie Wallace Sumner

  • Born: March 31, 1929
  • Died: February 10, 2018
  • Location: Mount Pleasants, South Carolina

J. Henry Stuhr Mount Pleasant Chapel

1494 Mathis Ferry Road
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

Tel. (843) 881-9293

Tribute & Message From The Family


Billie Wallace Sumner, born March 31, 1929 in Elkhorn City, Kentucky, daughter of the late Kelly Wallace and the late Pearl Fleming Wallace died Saturday, February 10, 2018. Billie, 88, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, was the wife of the late Dr. Edward Donald Sumner, Sr. Her funeral service will be held at the crypt side on Thursday, February 15, 2018 in Mt. Pleasant Memorial Gardens, 1308 Mathis Ferry Road at 2:00 pm. arrangements by J. HENRY STUHR, INC., MOUNT PLEASANT CHAPEL.

Billie was a beautiful lady and accomplished artist. She created extraordinary work which is displayed in offices and homes throughout the country. Billie was the Director of the outdoor art show for Piccolo Spoleto for almost twenty years. She was also a founding member of the French Quarter Art Gallery Association which began the French Quarter Art Walk.

Billie was a signature member of the South Carolina Watercolor Society and International Society of Experimental Artists. She won first place in the Southern Watercolor Society show with her painting "Windows of Life". She also had her work selected to be the poster for Piccolo Spoleto for three years. During her years in Charleston, Billie owned several art galleries. Her first gallery was on Chalmers Street for 17 years. She later opened two separate galleries in Mount Pleasant. She was known as a renaissance woman, a mentor and friend to many. Billie was wonderful mother and Mamaw. She will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her daughter, Melissa Kersey of Mount Pleasant, SC; son, Edward Donald Sumner, Jr. (Georgiana) of Athens, GA; grandchildren, Rev. Lissa Sumner Long (Grahame), Ashley Sumner Heslop (Clay), Bryan Joseph Kersey, Sarah Grace Kersey and Justin Edward Kersey and great grandchildren, Sydney Heslop, Macie Sumner, Brenna Heslop, and Sumner Long. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Dr. Edward D. Sumner Scholarship Fund, C/O College of Pharmacy, MUSC, 171 Ashley Avenue, Charleston, SC 29425 and/or The Salvation Army, 2135 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC 29407.