Wilbur "Slats" Gray Summers, 90, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, May 7, 2020, at the Summit Square Retirement Community. He was born on May 17, 1929, in the Shenandoah Valley, the son of the late Orville F. Summers and Pauline V. Humphries. His early years were spent in Waynesboro and Port Republic, Virginia. He was a graduate of Port Republic High School and served for two years in the United States Navy. During his working life, he was employed by DuPont in Waynesboro and then spent most of his career at General Electric. In 1969, he was transferred to a plant in Richmond, where he retired as a manager of manufacturing in 1987. He returned to the Shenandoah Valley with his wife to spend his retirement years in Weyers Cave and Waynesboro. He married Phyllis Jean Fortune in 1948 and they enjoyed 62 years together until her death in 2010. He was a wonderful husband and father. Everyone who met him liked him. In his youth, Slats enjoyed fishing and tennis. He became a jogging enthusiast and switched to bicycling after knee replacements. In his later years, he enjoyed exercising at the Augusta Health Fitness Center. "Slats" was a charter member of Wayne Hills United Methodist Church in Waynesboro. Wherever he lived, he was active in a United Methodist congregation. He held various positions of leadership in the church and accepted the responsibility with a servant's heart. He most recently attended St. Marks United Methodist Church for as long as his health permitted. He is survived by his daughter, Cheryl Lynn Summers and her husband, Lance Buckley; stepmother, L. Phyllis Summers, all of Waynesboro. He is also survived by his brother, Thomas C. Woodson Jr. and his wife, Carolyn, of Lilburn, Georgia. His family expresses special thanks to Drs. Jaime Escanellas and Christopher Heck, as well as to the excellent nursing staff at the Summit Square Health Care Unit. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, there will be no public service, but a private graveside service will be held on Tuesday, May 12, 2020, with Pastor Kevin Haynes officiating. Memories and condolences to the family can be made at https://www.mcdowfuneralhomeinc.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sunnyside Fellowship Fund, Attn: Rob Murphy, 600 University Boulevard, Suite L, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.
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