George William Summerson, Jr., of Macon, died Friday, May 1, 2020. Services will be private. Those wishing to make a donation in George’s memory are asked to consider the Vineville United Methodist Church, 2045 Vineville Ave., Macon, GA 31204.
George was born June 2, 1945 in Bristol, Virginia to the late George William Summerson, Sr. and Champe Fitzhugh Grant Summerson. He grew up in Bristol and Abingdon, Virginia, his father serving at different times as mayor of both cities.
George received an associate of arts degree from Kemper Military School and College, a bachelor of arts from Emory and Henry College and a master of arts from Fairfield University in Connecticut. From 1967 to 1969, he served in India with the U. S. Peace Corps. He later completed the Bethel Bible Study training series and served for many years as an Elder in the Presbyterian Church.
In 1979, George began a career in the pharmaceutical industry, which continued until his retirement in 2016. He became a recognized authority in pharmaceutical marketing transforming several poorly performing sales programs and winning frequent awards and accolades for his achievements.
In 1974, George was married to Deborah Nelms of Smithfield, Virginia. They were devoted to each other for almost fifty years. Their daughters are Catherine (Mrs. Bill) Mealor of Atlanta, Georgia and Sarah (Mrs. Trent) Pickle of Mendham, New Jersey. Their grandchildren are Griggs and Davis Mealor and George and Virginia Pickle.
After moving to Macon, Georgia, George and Debbie joined and became active in the Vineville United Methodist Church where George taught the Allen Sanders Sunday School Class.
George enjoyed playing and watching golf and was a member of the Brickyard Golf Club. He was a devoted reader and his library featured books on history, particularly that of the War Between The States. Another of his favorite pastimes was taking long walks with his German Shepherd, Hilda. George and Debbie enjoyed nothing more than spending time with their children and grandchildren. George will be remembered for his sense of humor, quick wit and ability to fill a room with laughter and joy.
George was predeceased by his parents and by a sister, Sue Mead Summerson Wells. He is survived by his wife, his children and grandchildren, by a sister, Champe Fitzhugh Summerson Hyatt of Bradenton, Florida, as well as by numerous nephews and nieces.
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Hart’s on Cherry Street, Hart's Mortuary and Cremation Center, 765 Cherry Street, Macon, GA 31201 has charge of the arrangements.