William G. Summers
William “Bill” G. Summers was born in Russellville, Arkansas, on January 16, 1932, and left this world on July 8, 2021, at the age of 89. He was born the son of Viola Summers.
Bill is survived by his son and daughter in law, Billy and Shelley Summers, three granddaughters Ashley and Lauren Summers and Caitlin Simaan, grandson in law Alex Simaan, three grandsons Brandon (Kate) and Dalton Jacobs and Garrett Summers, great granddaughter Ana Summers, brother John Summers, nephews Jimmy (Paula) Evans, Johnny (Jason) Summers nieces Kim (Sue Ann Jones), Kristie (Joe) Prokop, Dottie Summers, Sheri (Todd) Gatherum, Tammy Hall and a host of great nieces, great nephews, cousins, friends and neighbors that were like family.
Bill was preceded in death by Jerry, his wife of 62 years, an infant daughter, his mother Viola, sister Shelly Gonzales, brothers and sisters in law Jimmy D. and Patsy Evans and Bob and Shirley Jones, sister-in-law Myrna Summers, nephew Bobby Jones, and great nephew Brandon Snodgrass.
Bill (aka Uncle Bill, Grandpa Bill, and The Prospector) was loved by all who met him, and he lived life to the fullest. On April 16, 1955, he married the love of his life, Jerry Ann Lucky who preceded him in death. Bill was a decorated Army veteran for serving in the Korean War.
Bill graduated from Spartan School of Aeronautics after he left the Army and worked in the aerospace field until he retired. Bill was a master tinkerer and could fix almost anything. This skill was known all around Eureka Springs and it was not unusual to see Bill working in his garage, repairing a weedeater, lawn mower, tree trimmer or anything else with an engine or issue. By the time the project was complete, whatever it was would run better than it ever did, and it was very likely that Bill had drawn the schematics in the process of repairing it. Bill love boating, motorcycles, racing cars and racing go carts with Billy. Needless to say, Bill made sure Billy’s go cart was one of the fastest on the track, earning the pair many trophies.
After Bill’s retirement in 1992, Bill and Jerry moved to Eureka Springs, AR to live closer to family. They owned Grandma’s Beans and Cornbread where Bill worked for a short time and decided he liked tinkering better than working in a restaurant. Bill continued repairing anything that was dropped off at his garage in exchange for good conversation or Vodka (most times both). When Bill was no longer able to work in his garage, the many friends he had made over the years continued to stop and visit and call him daily and weekly. Some days his house was like Grand Central Station.
Visitation was 5:00 pm till 7:00 pm, Monday, July 12, 2021, from 5-7 pm at Nelson’s Chapel of the Springs in Eureka Springs. Funeral service was 2:00pm, Tuesday, July 13, 2021, at Nelson’s Chapel of the Springs with Gary Martin officiating with internment following at the Eureka Springs Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Carroll County Senior Center, Attention Meals on Wheels, 202 W. Madison, Berryville, AR 72616. Arrangements are under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service. Online condolences may be sent to the family at nelsonfuneral.com.
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