Graveside services for James “Sam” Summers, 85, of Rockdale were held Saturday, March 19, 2011, at Sandy Creek Cemetery near Rockdale w ith Minister O.E. Davidson of Milam Count y Church of Christ and Minister Gene Van- Noord of Cameron Church of Christ officiating.
Mr. Summers died Wednesday, March 16, at Scott & White Hospital in Temple.
He was born Nov. 17, 1925, in Houston to William Burton and Birdie Lee (Harris) Summers.
Mr. Summers was raised in Milano and later moved to Houston.
He married Tommie Lee Stewart on Nov. 24, 1943, in Richmond.
Mr. Summers was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving on the aircraft carrier USS Cowpens.
After his service in the Navy, he moved to Rockdale and began work ing as a pr inter at The Rockdale Reporter, where he remained for 64 years. He also had worked for Gulf Envelope Co. in Houston.
Mr. Summers was a member of Milam County Church of Christ and he enjoyed playing 42, his control line planes and hunting and fishing.
He was preceded in death by six brothers, Horace Lawrence (Monk) Summers, Willis Burton (Bill) Summers, Earl Summers, Robert L. Summers, Ralph Summers Sr. and Emmett Summers; a sister, Laura Louise Story; a son-in-law, Gary Sales; and his parents.
Survivors are his wife, Tommie Summers of Rockdale; a son, James Summers and wife Miranda of Caldwell; a daughter, Judy Sales of Rockdale; a grandson, Travis Sales and wife Genny of Mesquite; and a great-grandson, Bruce Eric Sales of Mesquite.
Memorials may be made to Sandy Creek Cemetery, c/o Travis Yoakum, 256 CR 360, Milano, TX 76556.