Phenix City leader responds to death of former council member - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Phenix City leader responds to death of former council member

PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) -

Former Phenix City council member Arthur Sumbry Sr. passed away on Sunday, Aug. 17 around 6:30 p.m. at the age of 73 after battling cancer.

According to Russell County Deputy Coroner Billy Dixon, he was at his home in Phenix City when he died.

News Leader 9's Tyrone McCoy caught up with current council members to talk about Sumbry's life and legacy.

Sumbry was known by many for his funeral home business in Phenix City, but also for his many leadership roles in the community.

Sumbry Sr. was first elected into office in 1983 and served consecutive terms on the Phenix City Council until 2012, even serving as mayor pro-tem from 2008 to 2012.

His service to the city and council are what current city leaders say they will remember and miss most about him.

"I always remember him as a very compassionate person," explains Phenix City Manager Wallace Hunter. "Had a big heart, you know. If -- I always worked with him, he tried to help everybody that he could. Even to a fault. It wasn't anybody that he wouldn't try to help or think that he could do something for and his district always noticed that."

Flags in Phenix City will be flown at half-staff in respect of Arthur Sumbry, Sr. He leaves behind his wife and four children.

At this time funeral arrangements have not yet been finalized. We will share that information as soon as it becomes available.

Copyright 2014 WTVM. All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Parents make heartbreaking decision over son with autism

    Parents make heartbreaking decision over son with autism

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 11:10 AM EDT2017-05-24 15:10:16 GMT
    KMOV has chosen not to identify him by name or show pictures of what he currently looks like. (Credit: Wallens)KMOV has chosen not to identify him by name or show pictures of what he currently looks like. (Credit: Wallens)

    A parent's love knows no bounds. But what happens when you truly believe your child is going to harm himself or someone else? One family tells News 4 they made a heartbreaking decision about their son with autism, all because they felt they had no other options. 

    More >>

    A parent's love knows no bounds. But what happens when you truly believe your child is going to harm himself or someone else? One family tells News 4 they made a heartbreaking decision about their son with autism, all because they felt they had no other options. 

    More >>
  • Breaking

    Kirbyville High School principal resigns, then shoots, kills self in parking lot

    Kirbyville High School principal resigns, then shoots, kills self in parking lot

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 11:31 AM EDT2017-05-24 15:31:33 GMT

    Following his resignation Tuesday afternoon, the principal of Kirbyville High School walked out his truck, where he apparently shot and killed himself, according to police.

    More >>

    Following his resignation Tuesday afternoon, the principal of Kirbyville High School walked out his truck, where he apparently shot and killed himself, according to police.

    More >>
  • Playboy model pleads no contest for post of nude woman

    Playboy model pleads no contest for post of nude woman

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 3:45 PM EDT2017-05-24 19:45:21 GMT
    Wednesday, May 24 2017 3:45 PM EDT2017-05-24 19:45:21 GMT

    A Playboy centerfold who snapped a photo of a naked 71-year-old woman in a gym locker room and posted it on social media with insults about the woman's body is expected to appear in court to resolve a criminal...

    More >>

    A Playboy centerfold who snapped a photo of a naked 71-year-old woman in a gym locker room and posted it on social media with insults about the woman's body is expected to appear in court to resolve a criminal charge in Los Angeles.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly