LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Lillie "Tibby" Hutchinson Nash Summer, age 87, widow of the late Rev. Grady H. Summer, passed away early Thursday morning, October 21, at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, October 25, in the First Baptist Church of Louisville with the Rev. Timothy Brown and the Rev. Hardy Owens officiating. The family will receive friends and relatives in the sanctuary of the church from 1:00-3:00 that afternoon. Burial will follow in the Louisville City Cemetery following the service. Pallbearers will be Thomas Black, Jim Crawford, Ray Davis, Frank Ethridge, Donald Handberry, Mike McDowell, John Murphy, Steve Stanley, Ott Stephens, and Kester Williford. Honorary pallbearers will be the choir, deacons, trustees, and members of both the Fidelis Sunday School class and the Women's Missionary Union of the Louisville First Baptist Church. Mrs. Summer was born to the late Brady William and Lillie Grace Taylor Nash of Portsmouth, VA, on December 12, 1922. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Bible and Christian Education at Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, TN. Throughout her life, Mrs. Summer held various positions in bookkeeping and secretarial work that enabled her to raise funds to put herself and her two daughters through college and to support her husband through two graduate programs at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. However, her true vocation was church work. Throughout their marriage of 57 years, she was Rev. Summer's devoted assistant in serving the four different churches he pastored as well as the congregations to which he ministered on an interim basis after his retirement in 1986. Her rich alto voice contributed to the harmony of many choirs throughout her life, and she also served in numerous leadership positions in women's church groups. She had a special love for babies, so she kept the church nursery on Sunday evenings for many, many years. She dearly loved living among the people of Louisville and served the community as a member of the Garden Club, the PTA, and the Price Memorial Playground group. Mrs. Summer was also a very creative person. She enjoyed sketching in pastels, arranging fresh flowers, and writing stories, several of which were published in various periodicals such as Mature Living, a publication of the Southern Baptist Convention. She was also an accomplished seamstress and an excellent cook who delighted in preparing for family birthday and holiday celebrations. Survivors include two daughters, Pamela Summer (Frank) Tison of Vidette and Penelope Summer of Augusta; one granddaughter, Emily Summer McDaniel (Richard) Horne of Dublin; and one great-grandson, Joseph Brian Horne. She is also survived by her beloved sister Hazel Grace Nash Beck of Newport News, VA; one faithful brother-in-law, Miller Summer, of Greenwood, SC; and a dear sister-in-law, Sarah Lorena Lancaster Summer, of Chappells, SC. Surviving also are many nieces and nephews she cherished. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate gifts to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for Foreign Missions, at Louisville First Baptist Church 101 East 9th street Louisville, GA 30434 a charity Mrs. Summer promoted with tireless energy throughout her life. You may sign the family's personal guestbook online at www.taylorfhlouisville.com . Taylor Funeral Home 401 West 8th Street, Louisville is in charge of arrangements.
The Augusta Chronicle-October 23, 2010