Rev. Dr. William Frye “Chip” Summers, Jr

Rev. Dr. William Frye “Chip” Summers, Jr
October 07, 1945 – May 10, 2020

The Rev. Dr. William Frye Summers, Jr, of Daniel Island, S.C., formerly of Camden, SC, passed away suddenly on May 10, 2020 after a brief illness. Chip was born on October 7, 1945 in Louisville, Kentucky to William Frye and Nan Allen Summers. He was raised in Clarksville, TN and Tyler, TX, and graduated from Centre College and Union Theological Seminary. During his long career as a Presbyterian minister, he served churches in North and South Carolina, and locally at Bethesda Presbyterian Church from 1998 to 2012, where he retired for the first time. His love of preaching and teaching brought him back to Charleston where he “failed retirement” three times. At the time of his death, he was serving as Stated Supply for Yeamans Park Presbyterian Church, Hanahan, SC.

He was a tireless Servant Leader, with an incredible gift for preaching, listening and always knowing when to be there for someone. He was adored by his parishioners and his “little ones” at the church. The little ones loved Dr. Chip and his special “sucker bowl”.

He was an avid fisherman and reader, with a wonderful sense of humor, a curious mind and an amazing gift of storytelling. He will be remembered by his family for his strength in difficult times and his unwavering witness to God’s Grace and Presence.

He is survived by his wife and soulmate of 29 years, Lynne Waddey Summers; his children, Rev. Dr. Kathryn Summers, Ann Summers Koonce (Jeff), Craig McAdams (Stephanie), and Meghan McAdams Davis (Chad); his grandchildren, Sam and Ben Summers-Bean, Jack and Henry Koonce, and Harper and Avery Davis; his mother, Nan Allen Summers; his siblings, Rev. Dr. Charles Summers (Marsha), Glenn Summers (Denise), and Nancy Summers Bonanno (Mark) along with several nieces and nephews.

The Service of Witness to the Resurrection will be held at Yeamans Park Presbyterian Church, Hanahan, SC at a later date due to Covid-19 restrictions. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Yeamans Park Presbyterian Church, Hanahan, SC, Bethesda Presbyterian Church, Camden, SC – or the Employee Fund at the Village at Summerville Presbyterian Community, Summerville, SC.

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