Mrs. Dorothy Mae Davis Summers, 103, transitioned from her earthly life at the home of her daughter in Augusta, Georgia on December 2, 2019. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, teacher, neighbor and friend who was dearly loved and will be missed by all.
Mrs. Summers was born October 25, 1916 in the Gilbert Hollow Creek Community to the late Toussaint Davis and the late Martha Wise Davis. Her early education began in the one room Hollow Creek Community School. She later moved to Columbia to live with her Aunt Cora to attend school at the Booker T. Washington School. She received her B.A. Degree from Allen University in 1945. She went on to teach for more than 38 years at Twin City High School, Lexington Rosenwald School and Batesburg Elementary School until her retirement in 1978.
Early in life, she joined New Hope CME Church and served in many leadership capacities including Stewardess and Missionary Board President, and Sunday School Superintendent. She was a member of Electa Chapter Number 11, Order of Eastern Star since 1974, having served as Worthy Matron. She was also a member of Free Will Court Number 522, Heroines of Jericho, having served as Most Ancient Matron.
In 1943, Mrs. Summers married R.E. Summers and to that union, two children, Darlene and Ann were born. They made their home in Gilbert, where she engaged in the joys of farming with her husband. She taught school by day and worked on the farm in the afternoons and summer months. Every child who wanted to work had a summer job on their farm. During the Clinton Administration, she was appointed by Senator Ernest Hollings to the Federal Service Agency.
She was renowned for her kind and giving spirit. She was active in her community and gave back in many tangible and intangible ways. Any neighbor in need knew they could count on Mrs. Summers to help them when they could go nowhere else.
Mrs. Summers was famous for her homemade pecan pies. She grew her own pecans, picked them, shelled them, and made each pie with tender love and care. She also enjoyed quilting and crocheting in her retirement.
Mrs. Summers was preceded in death by her husband, R.E., of 68 years. She is survived by her daughters – Darlene Summers (Johnny) Pressley of Augusta, Georgia and Ann Summers of Alexandria, Virginia; one grandson – Ryan Pressley of Augusta, Georgia; a devoted niece – Doretha Jones of Gilbert, South Carolina and a devoted nephew – Dr. John Summers of Gilbert, South Carolina; a host of nieces, nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews, other relatives, neighbors and friends.
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