Estill “Pete” Ray Sumner, born Oct. 2, 1944, in Kingman departed from this life on Feb. 14, 2006, in Kingman.
He is survived by two sons, Larry and Dale Sumner of Kingman; one daughter, Cheryl Sumner-Bales of Luther, Okla.; two brothers, Doyle Sumner of Kingman and Guy Sumner of Phoenix; two sisters, LaQuita Searles of Prescott and his twin sister, Liz Standerfer of Kingman; six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Joan; his son, Darrell; his parents, Lillian and Gordan Estill Sumner; and a brother, James Sumner.
Estill, a native Kingman resident, was a faithful member of the Church of Christ.
Estill received the nickname “Pistol Pete” in Little League baseball because of his size and speed on the ballfield. Later, the name was shortened to Pete. Most know him by that name today.
Pete worked at Northwest Distributors “Budweiser” for 21 years and was loved and respected by his co-workers and customers alike.
Pete was the kind of man who was a friend to all and never met a stranger. His laughter and distinctive sense of humor made him a cherished friend, co-worker and family member. He will be dearly missed.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorial gifts to the Kingman Regional Medical Center Hospice, 1790 Sycamore, #S, Kingman, AZ 86409.
Memorial service will be at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17, at Church of Christ on Robinson Ave.
Edward Earl Dickinson of Kingman died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2006, at Kingman Regional Medical Center. He was born Jan. 2, 1929, in Alabama.
He moved to Kingman eight years ago from California.
For 40 years, Edward was a conductor on Amtrak Railroad. He was a Mason for 50 years out of Kentucky.
Edward is preceded in death by his wife, Lillian Dickinson, who passed away in 1998. He is survived by his son, Edward Warren Dickinson of Las Vegas; and his daughter, Deborah Dickinson-McCullough and son-in-law, Robert McCullogh of Kingman.
Viewing is from 12 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, at Sutton Memorial Funeral Home, Kingman.
William Frederick Teague, born April 16, 1931, in Kenefic, Okla., passed away on Feb. 9, 2006.
Fred put himself through college on the G.I. Bill and obtained a degree in economics. He worked as a general contractor in California before he and Doris retired to Kingman. Here he ran a small landscape business, supplying cactus to the “snowbirds.”
Fred was preceded in death by his much-loved wife of many years, Doris Ann Teague, née Brown. He is survived by his brother, Amos Curry Teague of Deming, N.M.; and his daughter, Gail and son-in law Vernon Daley; and his grandson, Andrew Scott Daley of Clovis, Calif.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17, at Sutton Memorial Funeral Home, Kingman. Another memorial service will be held at the Clovis Veterans Memorial in Clovis at a later date.
Paul Chamberlain II was born Nov. 22, 1944, in Pennsylvania. He passed away Feb. 6, 2006, at the VA Hospital in Prescott, six days after his father (Jan. 31, 2006).
Paul flew for Trans World Airlines for 20 years. He moved to Kingman in 1986.
Paul is survived by his son, Paul Chamberlain III; his mother, Mary E. Chamberlain; two brothers, Charles (Agnes) Chamberlain and David (Adrienne) Chamberlain; and many nieces and nephews, all of them in Arizona.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 4220 North Sierra Road, Kingman. Private graveside services will be held in Williams for Paul Chamberlain and Paul Chamberlain II later that day.
Susie Helen McDermott Hart
On Feb. 9, 2006, longtime Kingman resident, Susie Helen McDermott Hart, passed away peacefully in her sleep surrounded by her family. She was 93.
Helen was born Jan. 11, 1913, in Woodward, Okla., to Joseph and Betty Louise McDermott. Her father, Joseph, was a telegraph operator for the railroad and his job brought the family to Arizona in 1917.
Helen lived in several towns throughout Arizona in her childhood, as the family moved frequently between railroad posts. Helen enjoyed moving around and found it an adventure to learn about new places.
Her family moved to California during her high school years, where she graduated from Los Angeles Polytechnic High School.
The family returned to Arizona in 1929 and settled in the Big Sandy/Wikieup area. It was during this time she met Kenneth Newton (Dick) Hart and they were married in Williams on Sept. 29, 1931.
After their marriage, the Harts moved to Kingman, where Helen managed the Sprouse-Reitz Fountain.
Later, Helen opened her own café, The Chocolate Shop, located in the space the downtown post office now occupies. Her shop was known by the locals as the best place in Kingman for hamburgers, shakes and her homemade pies.
After closing the café to spend more time with her husband and children, she went to work for Charlie Lum at the Jade Restaurant.
In addition, she and her husband, Dick, owned and operated the Detroit and Owens gold and silver mines located in the Cerbat Mountains.
In 1962, Helen started working for the Kingman Police Department. She went on to become Kingman’s first uniformed woman police officer, and in 1972 made history by becoming the first female police sergeant in Mohave County.
After nearly 18 years of service, she retired from the Kingman Police Department in 1979.
Upon retirement, she received many awards and accolades for her service including special recognition from the Federal Bureau of Investigations.
After her retirement, she continued to work on undercover assignments well into her 80s.
After 55 years of marriage, her husband, Dick, passed away in 1986.
Several years later, she married longtime family friend James “Jim” Martin. They traveled frequently and enjoyed seeing many new places together. Jim passed away in 1997.
Helen was very active in local service organizations and served as a past president of both the Kingman Soroptomist Club and Republican Women.
She was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and was actively involved with the Kingman Police Cadet program.
She received many awards for her service to the community including the Mohave Museum of Arts Women Making History and the Andy Awards Lifetime Achievement Award.
Helen is survived by her sister, Mary Lou Braffet Roe; and seven children, Marge Hart Hammond, Silver Springs, Nev.; Bud Hart, Phoenix; Robert Hart, Kingman; Ruth Hart, Ione, Calif.; Betty Hart, Lake Elsinore, Calif.; Harriet Hart Davenport, Metford, Ore.; and Joe Hart, Kingman. She will be greatly missed by her children, 30 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, at LDS Rutherford Chapel, 3180 Rutherford Drive, Kingman.
The funeral service will follow at 10 a.m.
Interment will be immediately after at the Chloride Cemetery.
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