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Wesley Summers '46 January 6, 2017 9:31 AM updated: January 6, 2017 9:33 AM

1515 SOUTH COLLEGE AVE, BRYAN, TX 77801 | 979-823-8125

Wesley Kenton Summers
October 21, 1925 - January 4, 2017

Funeral Service
Sunday, January 08, 2017 | 2:00 pm
Memorial Funeral Chapel
1515 South College Ave., Bryan, Texas 77801
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Former Bryan I.S.D. School Superintendent, Wesley Kenton Summers, passed away at the Crestview Retirement Center on January 4, 2017. He was 91 years old.

Wesley was born on October 21, 1925 in San Antonio Texas to Frank Leslie and Etta Nelson Summers. His family moved to Bryan when Wesley was six years old. He graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School in Bryan in 1942, and then continued his education at Texas A&M University. While at A&M, Wesley was commissioned a Second Lieutenant and served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. While recovering from a brief illness while training in Quantico, Virginia, he met his wife, Blanche Lenore Walker who was serving as a nurse's aide at the Naval Hospital on the Marine Corps base.

Wesley received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Texas A&M University in 1948. He then earned his Masters Degree in Education Administration and his Doctorate Degree in Curriculum, also from Texas A&M. For 32 years, Dr. Summers worked for Bryan I.S.D., held various administrative positions, and, finally, in 1984, retired as Bryan Superintendent. Throughout his tenure with Bryan I.S.D. and his involvement with Greater Texas Foundation, Wesley never forgot the children of Bryan and surrounding areas. He worked tirelessly to give every student access to not only a quality public education but to make post-secondary opportunities available to more high school graduates. After his retirement, Wesley owned and operated a cattle ranch near Franklin, TX.

Wesley was a member of the Business Men's Bible Class at the First Baptist Church in Bryan. He was a member of Greater Texas Foundation's Board, serving from 1984 through 2014. Dr. Summers was the President of Greater Texas Services, a subsidiary of Greater Texas Foundation. He was also a member of the Executive Committee, Charitable Activities Committee, and Audit and Accountability Committee while affiliated with the foundation.

Dr. Summers was preceded in death by his wife, Blanche, of 63 years, his parents, Leslie and Etta Summers, and Eugene Rudolph Summers, his only brother.

He is survived by his three children; daughter, Janet Summers George of Bryan, daughter, Sue Summers McKean and husband, Mike of Weatherford, TX, and son, Gary Kenton Summers and wife, Debbie of Palm City, FL. As Wesley's family grew, so did his love for and pride in his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Grandchildren are; Jennifer Slivensky and husband, Ronnie of Sugar Land, TX, Phillip George and wife Jenny of Bryan, TX, Gregory George and wife, Dana of Pearland TX, Patrick Shannon McKean and wife Brandie of Aledo, TX, Jill McKean of Keller, TX, Grady Summers and wife Cori of Lebanon, PA, Krista Singleton and husband, Matt of Palm City, FL, and Kathryn Crews and husband, Nathan of Palm City, FL. Wesley's great-grandchildren are; Kenton and Ryan Slivensky of Sugar Land, TX, Natalie and Shelby George of Bryan, TX, Grayson George of Pearland, TX, Karissa Bliss Morehead of Aledo, TX, Madeline, Amelia, Grayden, and Blake Summers of Lebanon, PA, Wade, Caroline, Thatcher, Wyatt and Charles Singleton of Palm City, FL, Wesley, Tyler and Nicholas Crews of Palm City Fl.

The family of Dr. Summers would like to thank all of the wonderful people at Hospice Brazos Valley for the loving, efficient care given to our father. Also, the family is grateful beyond words to the staff of MRC Crestview for the love and attention given to Wesley over the last three years. The care and kindness the RNs, LVNs, CNAs and aides gave to our dad will always be remembered.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 8, 2017 at Memorial Funeral Chapel, 1515 S. College Avenue, Bryan, TX. with Reverend John Free officiating. A private family burial will take place in Rest-Ever Memorial Cemetery in Bryan.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to the Bryan Educational Foundation in Wesley Summers' name. Please contact Harry Francis, Executive Director (979-209-2690).

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