Thomas James Summers Sr., 93, of Fairmont passed away on Sunday, May 6, 2018, at Fairmont Regional Medical Center. He was born on February 12, 1925, in Catawba, the son of the late Albert “Hop” Summers and Helen Summers.
He is survived by his wife, Lois May Summers, of Fairmont; his sons and their spouses, Thomas James Summers Jr. and wife Patricia Summers, of Baxter, and Harry Albert Summers and wife Lynn Summers, of Mannington; his daughters and their spouses, Anna Louise Montalvo, of S.C., Debra Kay Reese and husband James Reese, of Rivesville, and Dottie Lou Sausen and husband Richard Sausen, of Morgantown; grandchildren, Lonny and Darlene Summers, Tammy and Tim Ortung, Lora Summers, James Thomas and Lisa Summers, Maria and Doug Hilderbrand, Mike and Chayo Montalvo, Bridgette and Joe Vessecchia, Kristy Snyder and Beth Smith, Misti and Brian Wilt, Michael and Natalie Summers, Alicia Montalvo, Johnny and Rose Snyder, Marie and Andy Bostaph, Kristina and Bruce Cheslock, and Rebecca Sausen; a sister, Helen “Toy” Neel and husband Les, of Ohio; brother-in-law Ralph Culp, of Morgantown; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, as well as many neices and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Thomas was preceded in death by his first wife, Helen Louise Summers; son-in-law, Anthony “Tony” Montalvo; grandson, Kevin Summers; granddaughter, Bridget Snyder; great-grandson, Patrick Clawson; brothers Albert Summers and wife Maxine and Ray Summers and wife Alma “Tootie”; sisters, Margaret Culp, Etta Mae Carr, and Naomi Davis.
He was a beloved Camp Ranger at Camp Mountaineer for the Mountaineer Area Council, Boy Scouts of America for 20 years.
Thomas proudly served his country in the US Navy during World War II. He was chosen to escort the USS West Virginia from Pearl Harbor to Washington State.
He will always be remembered by his friends and family for the times they sat around together, listening to him sing and play his guitar.
Viewing will be held at Carpenter and Ford Funeral Home, in Fairmont, from 1-8 p.m., on Thursday, May 10 and from 10-11 a.m., on Friday, May 11, with the funeral service to follow with the Rev. Gary Steel officiating. Interment will follow at Catawba Cemetery, with full military rights being conducted by the Marion County Veteran’s Council Honor Guard.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Mountaineer Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, 1831 Speedway Ave., Fairmont, WV 26554.