A memorial service will be held 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, June 8, 2022, at Oglethorpe Funeral Chapel, 607 Kaigler Street, Oglethorpe, Georgia.
Karen Sumpter was the youngest of 3 children born to Harold and Emma Sumpter on August 5th, 1963, in Cleveland, OH. Karen had two older siblings, Labarbara (Nash) and Harold Jr.
As a child Karen loved to play school but always had to be the teacher. She also liked to pamper those around her, with manicures and pedicures.
Although she attended Catholic Schools a young student, Karen graduated from Cleveland Heights High School. She continued her education and earned her Bachelors degree from Dyke College in Cleveland, OH.
In June of 1988, Karen married her childhood sweetheart, Charles Worth. To that union Charles (Chip) Jr. and Kenya Worth, were born. Karen loved being a mom and keeping a close eye on her children.
Karen had a love for children, adolescents and young adults throughout her lifetime. She contemplated opening a daycare with her Aunt Gwen, but began teaching in day cares and substituting throughout the Cleveland public school systems.
After the dissolution of her marriage, Karen and Kenya relocated to Georgia where her mother and grandmother had lived. She began to teach through the Macon County School systems and various job training/ career - technical education programs from GA to Alabama.
Karen showed great empathy to those in need. She frequently assisted various family members as they transitioned from adolescence into adulthood, as well as assisting adult family members.
Karen continued her Bible studies throughout the years and knew the word of God. She began to incorporate the word of God, her love for teaching, showing empathy and being an entrepreneur and formed a non-profit organization known as Touch One. This program helped to provide those in need with light house cleaning, activities of daily living and transportation.
Contributing to the community was a passion of Karen’s. She also worked at a local radio station WMNZ. Her program name was the Heaven Bound Train. There she was able to speak the love of God and encourage people near and far.
Her last entrepreneurial endeavor was the purchase, renovation and soft opening of a restaurant (across the street from Olgethorpe City Hall) called Bowlegged Grill.
Karen’s drive and passion in what she believed in was always supported and encouraged by her father (who assisted her in opening the Bowlegged Grill) and her son Chip.
Even when Karen’s health began to fail, she still continued to fight. It is with no doubt that the prayers of the righteous availeth much (James 5:16)
Although God decided to call Karen home to be with him, we are rejoicing in knowing that she in no longer in pain and that we will one day, see her again.
Karen is survived by her son Charles “Chip” Jr. (Narde), daughter Kenya, father Harold Sumpter Sr, her sister Labarbra Nash (Greg) her brother Harold Jr. (Pam) grandson Cash and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.