Sumbry Seeks Re-Election As Coroner

Democrat To Campaign for Fourth Term in Russell County Post

On February 19, 2018, Russell County Coroner Arthur L. “PeeWee” Sumbry, Jr. announced that he will be a candidate for re-election in the June 2018 primary election.

The Democrat is seeking his fourth term as Coroner.

Sumbry made history in 2006 when elected as the first African-American to hold the office.

“As coroner, I have worked hard to offer the citizens of Russell County strong, professional, compassionate leadership. I have the experience, passion, and desire to continue working in that capacity,” said Sumbry.

Sumbry is a native of Russell County, a graduate of Central High School, and an alumnus of Gupton Jones College of Funeral Services in Atlanta, Georgia.

He spent 23 years as a funeral director and licensed embalmer before being elected Coroner.

In a written statement announcing his campaign for re-election, Sumbry cited improvements made during his tenure as Russell County Coroner. They include making all past administrative files current, implementing measures to secure personal files and maintain public privacy, and installing weather-proof awning shelters which protect loved ones’ remains while being transported to and from the morgue.

Sumbry’s office hosted and facilitated the first Forensics 101 Training in Phenix City for Alabama law enforcement personnel.

He has served as the District Director of the Alabama Coroner’s Associations since 2014.

“I was very honored and humbled to be selected to the post by my peers in the association,” said Sumbry.

 Sumbry has been married to his wife, Celeste, for 22 years. They have three daughters, Yarin, Arzoria, and Armani.

Information for this article was provided in a written news release from the Sumbry campaign.

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