James Edward Summers

Born in Nashville, TN on October 8, 1942

Departed on October 4, 2020 and resided in Hendersonville, TN

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Mr. James Edward Summers age 77, of Hendersonville, TN, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, October 4, 2020.

Mr. Summers was born in Nashville, TN, on October 8, 1942, the son of the late James Elam Summers and Alma Louise Winters Summers. He was a member of Bible Baptist Church for thirty-four years where he served on the bus ministry and nursey for many years. Mr. Summers retired from the State of TN after forty-two years of service as a bridge designer. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. Mr. Summers had a great sense of humor and loved to laugh. In addition to his parents, Mr. Summers was preceded in death by his sister, Dorothy Summers.

Survivors include his wife, Janie Lawson Summers, to whom he was married on July 4, 1983; three nephews, Kevin Old, Steven Old, and Chris Lawson; and two nieces, Lori Rainey and Melissa Macyauski.

A Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 1:00 P.M., Hendersonville Funeral Home.

Gathering of Family & Friends will be held Wednesday from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. and Thursday from noon until the service hour at Hendersonville Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers the family respectfully requests memorial contributions be made to Bible Baptist Church, General Fund 260 New Shackle Island Road, Hendersonville, TN 37075 or Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Fisheries Division.

Visit the online obituary www.hendersonvillefh.com to post tributes and share memories.

5 Comments to James Edward Summers

  1. Cabrina Dieters
    October 6, 2020 10:17 am


    I know you are sitting in a boat on a tranquil lake hauling in a whopper bass right now. It was such a pleasure working all those years with you at TDOT. Half the bridges around Gatlinburg bear your signature.

    Your tall hunting and fishing stories were always so funny. What capers you, TC and Richard Gentry got yourselves into. Great times!

    Janie, you have my deepest sympathy. May God bless and keep you in the days ahead.

  2. Judy Gerrish
    October 6, 2020 4:18 pm

    Love you Cuz!

  3. Steve Britton
    October 6, 2020 7:49 pm

    James, you will always be my friend! Janie , we will keep you in our prayers and don’t forget to pray for yourself.

  4. Paul Miller
    October 7, 2020 4:24 pm

    Jim was as funny as they come. His stories ranged from decking his mom’s prize rooster with a baseball bat “in self-defense” to killing the engine of midnight mailbox vandals with an armor-piercing round. During my tenure at the Structures Division,.I never laughed so hard and enjoyed a brighter day as when Jim rolled out another story. I even recorded a few of his stories, they were so good.

  5. Robert Dishner
    October 10, 2020 5:04 pm

    The world has lost a friend, the fish have lost an enemy. From the time Jim was hired at TDOT until his retirement he was a dedicated, fun loving loyal employee. Janie, you have my condolence and may the happy times you and Jim had together carry you through this time of sorrow.

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