William Smith “Smitty” Summer, Sr. - Joanna

William Smith “Smitty” Summer, Sr. age 85, of 412 Pickens Street passed away Sunday, March 5th at the Greenville Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Newberry, SC and was a son of the late George Walter Summer III and the late Ollie Smith Summer. 

Mr. Summer was retired from Greenwood Mills, was a member of the First Baptist Church of Joanna, a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean War having served in the 11th Airborne, 187th RCB and received the Bronze Star. He also was a member of the Magnolia Masonic Lodge #355, the Hejaz Shrine Club and the VFW Post. He served as Director of the Joanna Textile Festival and was a founder of District 55 and 56 Rescue Squad.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mildred Pitts Summer of the home; two sons, Clay Summer (Darlene) of Greenwood, Billy Summer of Joanna and his former daughter-in-law, Dianne Summer of Clinton; a daughter, Tracy Long (Eric); four grandchildren, Kelly Summer, Kevin Summer, Caroline Long and Alex Summer; three great-grandchildren, Hayden Hill, Emeri Summer, Raylan Summer; and his beloved dog, “Baby”.

He was predeceased by a brother, George Walter Summer, Sr.; and a granddaughter, Adrian Summer.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, March 8th at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Joanna with interment in Rosemont Cemetery in Newberry, SC with Military Honors.

The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Gray Funeral Home in Clinton.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Joanna, 301 Magnolia Street, Joanna, SC 29351.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.grayfuneralhome.com

Gray Funeral Home of Clinton

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