John “Jay” Alexander Summey

September 1, 1942 - May 15, 2022
John “Jay” Alexander Summey

John “Jay” Alexander Summey, 79, of Saluda, NC, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, May 15, 2022, following a brief illness.

A lifelong native of Polk Co., Jay was born to the late Walter Dewitt and Francis Arkansas Summey.  He is also preceded in death by his loving daughter, Ronda Justus and sisters Viola Constance, Clara Summey Rose, and Janice Campbell.

Jay loved sports, hunting, and animals.  Jay was a softball player well into his fifties and was known by everyone for his ability to hit home runs on command and is still known for hitting the longest ball at Harmon field.

He also was a Major League Baseball fan and followed the Yankees year in and year out and would always get excited when opening day arrived.

Also, a fan of the NC Tarheels, Jay loved to watch basketball, especially the ACC Tournament and the final 64, but he really loved it when the Tarheels would beat Duke.

Left to cherish his memory is his loving and devoted wife of 60 years, Peggy Jean Summey of Saluda, NC; daughter, Kimberly Jan Messer (Shane) of Cookeville, TN; grandsons, Lex Justus (Amanda) of Zirconia, NC and Lane Justus (fiancé, Madison Tweed) of Hendersonville, NC; great-grandchildren, Hudson, Parker, and Campbell; brother,

Walter Jerry Summey (Lola) of Hendersonville; and sister, Nancy Williams of Hendersonville, NC.

A graveside service will be held at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hendersonville, NC on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, at 2PM with Rev. Nathan Byrd officiating.


Wednesday, May 18, 2022
2:00 PM

Forest Lawn Memorial Park & Mausoleum - Directions
538 Tracy Grove Road
Hendersonville, NC 28792

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  • May 16, 2022
    Glenn & Laura Morgan says:
    My husband and him have been friends for years.They both had chickens and loved to talk about chickens.He called my husband chicken man.God Bless,Prayers for all.Glenn & Laura Morgan

  • May 16, 2022
    Alan Rogers says:
    We have lost a good friend country gentleman. Rest in peace Jay

  • May 16, 2022
    Alan Rogers says:
    Man loved his family

  • May 17, 2022
    Terry Wilson says:
    Rest In Peace neighbor. I’m so sorry for your loss Peggy and Kim and family.

  • May 17, 2022
    Kathy Tucker Searcy says:
    I remember Jay and my brothers, Gene and Tim Tucker, playing softball at Harmon Field. Jay and Tim were always trying to outdo each other on the home runs. I will be praying for the family.