There is a common thread of discipline, dedication and loyalty among the founders of Sumrell Sugg, all of whom came to the law after serving their country.
Raymond Sumrell flew as a combat navigator with the 8th Army Air corps during World War II, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross for his service. College and law school followed at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1949, he returned to his native New Bern, North Carolina to practice law.
Fred Carmichael, who joined Ray Sumrell in the practice of law in 1965, also served in the US Army as a commissioned officer in Europe. He attended Wake Forest University and also attended law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Jim Sugg joined his fellow New Bern natives in the practice of law in 1972, forming the firm that became the foundation upon which Sumrell Sugg was built. Prior to the formation of the law firm named Sumrell Sugg and Carmichael, Jim had already practiced law for two decades, after serving with distinction as a Captain in the Marine Corps during the Korean War and graduating from Louisburg College and Wake Forest Law School. Taking his service to his country and state one step further, Jim served with distinction in the North Carolina General Assembly prior to his joining Fred and Ray in the practice of law.