June 03, 1952 - November 02, 2012
Byron K. Summerville 60, of Sun City, Bluffton, and husband of Patricia Summerville, died Friday, November 2, 2012, at Beaufort Memorial Hospital.
Memorial Services for Mr. Summerville will be held on Wednesday, November 7, 2012, at 6:00 PM at Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, Squire Pope Road, Hilton Head Island.
Baltimore services for Mr. Summerville will be held on Friday, November 9, 2012, at First Christian Church, 5802 Roland Ave., Baltimore, MD. A family visitation will begin at 10:30 AM with funeral services beginning at 11:00 AM. Burial will be held on the King Memorial Cemetery, Baltimore, MD.
Byron Keith Summerville…was a father, husband, brother, grandfather, singer, stand-up comic, family matriarch, wonderful man of God. He was born June 3, 1952, to the late Julia Summerville Cook and Samuel Barksdale in Baltimore, Maryland.
He was educated in the Baltimore City School System. The halls of Edmondson High School were never the same. Byron was a good boy, but always the class clown. While at Edmondson High School, a scout from Chicago came to recruit Byron because of his outstanding baseball skills. However, Byron turned down this opportunity to pursue a singing career. This began his life of singing which he loved. While being a part of the singing group, The Softones, Byron traveled all across the country and internationally. Many records were recorded which are still being played today.
Byron met many singers, writers, and groups, some of whom still reach out because of their love for Byron. He just had that kind of personality. The people who worked with him at Furniture Connection, the old defunk Hecht Company, and the Anne Arundel County Board of Education, all loved Byron.
Byron met his wife Patricia at his sister’s house. It was love at first sight. That love has remained constant for 33 years. Their lives consisted of helping others and being very active in their church. Byron’s first church where he began his Christian journey was Mount Olivet Christian Church where he served on the Deacon Board. He later became chairman of the Deacon Board at Greater Bethesda Baptist Church and spent a great deal of his time visiting nursing homes, helping the sick, and volunteering at soup kitchens.
Byron and his sister Jerri were very close. Twelve months ago, after visiting Jerri and her husband in Sun City Hilton Head, Byron and Pat fell in love with the area and decided to make it their home. Oh how Byron Loved Sun City. So what does he do when he gets there…..He did not miss a beat…He volunteered in the soup kitchens, and you guessed it continued his love for singing. One Sunday we all went to church together. Byron walked up front at the Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Hilton Head, gave them a CD and started singing “Jesus, You’re The Center Of My Joy”. A few Sundays later they decided to make Mt. Calvary their new church home where Rev. Ben Williams became their new beloved Pastor. That began a year- long love affair with their new church where Byron and Pat worked faithfully in the church as Deacon and Deaconess and sang in the Mass Choir.
Byron sang at the Bluffton Farmer’s Market and thru out Sun City. He was known as the Sun City Crooner. So many people in Sun City loved Byron; however, no one loved him as much as his family. He created laughter, fun, and good times that the family will remember forever. Because of his love for people, family and especially his God he displayed the true character of what the scripture says in Philippians 4:8 Byron leaves behind his wife of 33 years Patricia Summerville, one son, Gregory Alphonso (Akeisha); one daughter, Tiffany Sierra; one sister, Jerri Stewart (Zik); one sister-in-law, Brenda Amason (Ronnie); a granddaughter, Keana Knight; first cousins who were raised like his brothers and sisters, Marlene Parker, Toni Thompkins, Patricia McNair, Palethea Williams, Melba Kinlaw, Herman Baker, and a host of other cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Marshel's Wright-Donaldson Home For Funerals is in charge of the arrangements.