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Billie Wallace Sumner

Billie Wallace Sumner
  • March 31, 1929 - February 10, 2018
  • Mount Pleasants, South Carolina
  • In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:
  • Dr. Edward D. Sumner Scholarship Fund, C/O College of Pharmacy, MUSC
    171 Ashley Avenue
    Charleston, SC 29425
  • In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:
  • Salvation Army
    2135 Ashley River Road
    Charelston, SC 29407

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“Just found out about Billie's passing. I knew her from Springmaid Watercolor Workhop. She and her husband were lovely people. My husband and I lived...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Karen Ann Patton - Ormond Beach, FL

“We only just learned of Billie's passing. Our condolences to her family. We have many pieces of Billie's art including Window of Life. Although the...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Katharine & Randy Washburn - SC

“She was my beautiful friend, and I loved her. Melissa, I am so sorry. Not everyone gets a mother so lovely. I will miss talking with her. I will miss...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Rhonda Doré - El Paso, TX

“To the Sumner family,I'm so sorry for your loss. May God "comfort your hearts and make you firm" during this time of sorrow. 2 Thessalonians 2:16, 17 ”
4 of 12 | Posted by: Susan M

“Thank you Billie for your dedicated years to Piccolo Spoleto. Thanks for your advice I was juried into the show twelve years ago. We know you'll...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Chris Rutigliano - Mt. Pleasant, SC

“Melissa and Donnie, we are so sorry to hear about Billie. We have such fond memories of being neighbors and friends of both Billie and Tommy for...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Harold & Rhonda Waldrop - OR

“So sorry to learn of Mrs. Sumner. I will never forget her and Dr. Sumner. They were always so kind. ”
7 of 12 | Posted by: Sparkle Keith - North Charleston, SC

“Over the years, Billie provided me with so many laughs, kind actions, and cherished memories, as a dear friend. She was loved by many, and will be...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Tate Nation - Charleston, SC

“I have so many, many Billie stories. If any of you would like to call or email me I would love to share them. I met Billie when I first came to...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Carolyn Epperly - Charleston, SC

“Our home is graced by her paintings, blessed by her memory. She is loved forever. ”
10 of 12 | Posted by: Louis Lunardini - Bluffton, SC

“Rest In Peace my dear friend and mentor. ”
11 of 12 | Posted by: Monnie Johnson - North Charleston, SC

“Mamaw,You are one of a kind. You were the best grandmother, mother and friend. I cannot imagine life without yet. it is going to be a long journey....Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: sarah kersey - Charleston, SC


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.