James Edward "Doodle" Sumruld
December 10, 1937  -  January 17, 2019

James Edward "Doodle" Sumruld

Memorial Service
Griffin Funeral Home
Hobbs, NM  88240
Monday, January 21, 2019
11:00 am

In Lieu of Flowers; Please donate to the NMJC Scholarship Foundation

James Edward (Doodle) Sumruld passed away at his home on January 17, 2019 with his family at his side. Born to Jesse and Dorothy Sumruld on December 10 1937 in Lovington NM. He attended Lovington High School. In 1957 he married Mary Jean Sherman, with whom he shared a wonderful 61 years. James was a skilled carpenter like his father and brothers. He could make anything from wood, big or small. He was meticulous about his work. James also drove various transport trucks and operated heavy equipment in the oilfield. He retired from the Lea County Road Department in 2000. After retirement he drove the activity bus for New Mexico Junior College, he was especially fond of the baseball team. James loved driving them to their games and getting to know the players. He was the bus driver in 2007 when the NMJC Baseball team won the Jr. College World Series and took great pride in transporting the team home. In his later years he took a great interest in all kinds of cooking and recipe researching. He enjoyed fishing, traveling, and playing penny slots if a casino was near. He was the father to John Newsom, Rodney and Melonie. He attend baseball, football and rodeo events wherever they needed to go. He also attended track meets, swim meets and college graduations of his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife of the home, Jean Sumruld, children: John Newsom (Renee) of Katy, TX, Rodney of Evens, CO, Melonie (Rick) Ankerholz of Hobbs, brothers Tommy (Liz) of Albuquerque and Carl (Diane) of Hendersonville, TN. Preceded in death by his oldest brother Ernest of Euless, TX. He was an attentive and loving “PaPa” to Jesse and Rachel Newsom both of Katy, TX and Dustin and Haley Ankerholz of Hobbs. James was a new great-granddad to Sage and Stella of Katy, TX. In lieu of flowers the family asked that donations be named to NMJC Scholarship Foundation. A Memorial Service will be held at Griffin Funeral Home on Monday, January 21, 2019 at 11:00am.


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  1. JoAnn Jones
    Eunice, NM

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Prayers for the family!!

  2. Betty Gail Sumruld Lawson
    Carlsbad, NM

    I am so sorry to hear about Doodle. Our prayer are with all of you.

  3. Carl Sumruld
    Hendersonville, TN

    Doodle was one of three of my brothers. Being the youngest all of them in one way or another shaped me and lead me through boyhood into manhood. Doodle was my especially cool brother when slick black hair, a perfect western wear wardrobe and a baby blue 51 ford were everything a 10 year old desired in life. Later when he married Jean and lived in Abilene, Texas I got to spend time with them and again his work driving semis and being able to back those big rigs into spaces that I saw as impossible renewed the hero worship I continued to have for my big brother. Of course I had a kid of hero worship for all of the three brothers a different times for different reasons but Doodle was always the smooth operator that taught me a different style than Ernest or Tommy. We all grew up and raised families and had occasional meet-ups at our parents house or at weddings or family reunions. But later in life in the last decade we had some special times I will treasure fir the rest of my life and someday in the great beyond when I pass through heavens gate and I see mom and dad, and Ernest and Doodle we’ll share all of those times and laugh and be glad. So from this day forward when I hear the hymn “When We All Get To Heaven” I have this image in my minds eye. All of us together in Gods Holy City feeling Peace and Joy forever.

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