John J. Sumerel Jr., 80, of Decatur passed away Thursday, April 6, 2017 at his residence. He was born Nov. 27, 1936 in Hodges, Alabama to John and Lena Sumerel Sr. He is preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Betty Sumerel; daughter, Carla Mitchell; and son, John Sumerel III.
He is survived by his wife, Clara Johnson Sumerel; children, Robert Dana Sumerel, Patricia Sumerel-Young, Kim Byford and Kristi Hall; two brothers, one sister, 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life service will be held at Cedar Ridge Baptist Church on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 1 p.m. Hartselle Heritage Funeral Home is assisting the family.