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The Rev. William C. Summers, Jr., was born to eternal life on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013.
He spent 91 years on this earth and was loved by many whose lives he blessed.
Rev. Summers was born Dec. 31, 1921, in Charleston W. Va., to William and Latitia Summers, who preceded him in death.
Also preceding him were his first wife, Eava Elizabeth Carrico; his daughter, Letitia Ru Peace; and six brothers and sisters.
Surviving relatives include his wife, Kathryn R. Good Summers, of Old Hickory, Tenn; a son, William and wife Patricia of Old Hickory,
Tenn.; a son-in-law, Gregory Peace of Reynoldsville, Pa.; four grandchildren, Michael and wife Ester of the Netherlands, Mark and Barbara of Mass., Jaime and husband Dan of S.C. and Letitia and husband Aric of Tenn; and five great-grandchildren, Crystal, Matthew, Christina and Kevin Summers and Robert Peace.
God also blessed him in his later years with five step-children; eight step-grandchildren; and nine step-great-grandchildren.
He is also survived by four brothers; two sisters; and many nieces and nephews who surrounded and showered him with love.
Rev. Summers grew up on a farm in Derricks Creek, W. Va., and later wrote a book about it.
He was a prolific published author.
He wrote sermon outlines, short stories, poems and songs.
He joined the Navy during World War II and was transferred to the Army, where he guarded prisoners of war in Georgia and trained messenger dogs on Cat Island, Miss.
He was a skilled contractor/builder following the war.
He attended Godâ€™s Bible School in Cincinnati, Ohio, and graduated from Eastern Nazarene College in Boston, Mass., in 1954.
He pastored in Union City, Pa., and was ordained as an Elder in the Church of the Nazarene in 1956.
In addition, he pastored churches in Washington, D.C.; Rochester, N.Y.; and Alexandria, Va.
He also taught school in Virginia and New York.
Rev. Summers was a self-taught musician, playing the banjo, violin, guitar, mandolin and piano.
He was a basket weaver and caner.
He was a hunter.
He loved working in his flower beds and his garden and enjoyed sharing their bounty.
He was an avid reader and was always anxious to share new insights from contemporary Christian literature.
He and Ms. Kathryn loved to travel and were not reticent about taking a 2,000-mile road trip to attend family reunions and visit friends and family along the way.
Rev. Summers spoke of Heaven so vividly during his last weeks here on earth that no one could doubt where he was going.
We will miss him, but will cherish the memories of our times together.
Memorial services will be held at the Covenant Fellowship Church of The Nazarene at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, with visitation one hour prior to the service.
Arrangements are under the care of the Hermitage Funeral Home & Memorial
Gardens, 535 Shute Lane, Old Hickory, Tenn.
Condolences may be offered at www.hermitagefh.com.