Liberty Park Living: The Halpern and Sumner Families


For the Halpern and Sumner families, Liberty Park is more than a community; it’s a place where their life-long friendship continues to blossom.

Deanna and Jim Sumner

Deanna and Jim Sumner

Pat Halpern and Deanna Sumner go way back, having gone to high school together in Huntsville. Since then the two have reconnected. They both moved to Liberty Park and settled into life there; they even chose the same floor plan in building their homes.

Pat and David Halpern

Pat and David Halpern

Husbands David Halpern and Jim Sumner have bonded during golf cart rides through the neighborhood. Now retired, the couples enjoy all the perks that the community offers including the magnificent views, green spaces, walking paths and convenient shopping.

Coming from a tight-knit community in Memphis yet knowing few people in Birmingham, David and Pat Halpern found Liberty Park to be a comfortable place to settle. Before retirement, Pat served as the new product development director at Maybelline Cosmetics, and then at Caboodles. David retired from the City of Germantown, Tennessee as chief park ranger. Prior to that, he was the promotion director of Schering-Plough, vice president at Holiday Inns Worldwide, and owner of The Tennessee Pewter Company.

The Halperns moved to Alabama to be closer to their daughter, son-in-law and grandson, Eli. “They are the reason we moved to Alabama. Chris is a realtor with Keller Williams, and he directed our attention to Liberty Park.” Their choice in the floor plan was focused around having most of the living space on the main floor. They even added a playroom above for their grandson and his future siblings. The couple also has two “grand dogs” Gus, an English Bulldog, and Norman, a French Bulldog.

The Halperns enjoy cooking together in their gourmet kitchen

The Halperns enjoy cooking together in their gourmet kitchen

Their friends, Jim and Deanna Sumner also find the living easy in the master-planned community of Liberty Park. “I think the community is magnificently beautiful. With rolling hills, lakes, walking trails and the common areas throughout, I have a sense of serenity and peace whenever I drive into the community and head home. It is truly a wonderful place to live,” says Jim.

The screened in porch is the Sumner’s favorite place to relax.

The screened in porch is the Sumner’s favorite place to relax.

Jim retired in 2014 after more than 17 years as the executive director of the Alabama Ethics Commission. Prior to that, Jim worked in various positions in public service. Deanna taught for the DOD elementary schools, starting at Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia and then at Maxwell Airforce Base in Montgomery. Deanna also worked as an interior decorator for 10 years. The two moved to Liberty Park so that they could enjoy a cosmopolitan lifestyle in a city with a plenty of restaurants, art shows, concerts and more.

The most important design aspect of their Liberty Park home is the openness of the floor plan, which is perfect for entertaining family and friends. They also love the views from their windows, and the addition of a screened porch on the back of the house helps to extend their entertaining area. It is one of their favorite spots in the house.

Opening Day at Liberty Park’s swim center brings all the families together.

Opening Day at Liberty Park’s swim center brings all the
families together.

A wealth of recreational amenities, lakes, parks, walking trails, and nearby sports complexes makes living at Liberty Park fun for all ages.

A wealth of recreational amenities, lakes, parks, walking trails, and nearby sports complexes makes living at Liberty Park fun for all ages.

Jim and Deanna have a blended family of three children who are all “grown and gone,” living all over the state. “We are anxiously awaiting grandchildren,” the couple says.

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