Floyd Hamilton Summit

November 9, 1927April 20, 2021

Floyd Hamilton Summit, of Trinity, NC, 93, passed away on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. He was born on November 9, 1927 in Caldwell Co., NC to the late Albert and Mary Floyd Summit.

Floyd was a US Marine Corp veteran who went on to be co-owner of Southern Motors Equipment Company, a John Deere dealership. He enjoyed his gardening, traveling, and especially spending time with his family.

Floyd is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Joe Summit; son-in-laws, Ron Gearren and Doug Price.

Floyd is survived by his wife, Barbara Jean Sink Summit; daughters; Shela Gearren and Donna Price; grandchildren, Chris Gearren (Nicole), Michael Gearren (Kelly) and Kevin Price (fiancée Amanda); great grandchildren, Owen, Drew, Grier and Briella; sister, Zelda Smith; brothers, Bernor Summit (Peggy) and Jack Summit (Mary Etta); sisters-in-law, Sandra Lyon and Joann Summit; brother-in-law, Tom Sink; and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions may be made in Floyd’s name to Tabernacle UMC, 1895 Fuller Mill Road, Thomasville, NC 27360 or to Hospice of Randolph County, 416 Vision Drive, Asheboro, NC 27203.

A private graveside service for Floyd will take place on Monday, April 26, 2021 at 2:00pm at Holly Hill Memorial Park; Pastor Lynn Chaney officiating.

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Floyd Hamilton Summit

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April 23, 2021

remembering our fishing trips to the beach. Caught a few fish also.Gone are the summers just made for fishing.even remember the wreck at wiliamston. May God bless
the ones left behind.

Chris Gearren

April 21, 2021

We grandchildren are remembering Floyd and thinking happy thoughts.

We were certainly able to witness his example of working extremely hard to achieve his desired goals. Like my grandfather, Lester Gearren, he had an ingrained work ethic that could take him to exhaustion (literally). However, Floyd was different in that he was highly intelligent in both his mechanical ability and his understanding of business. Gifted in many ways his capabilities could have seen him land anywhere globally and yet he felt something pulled him back towards family and his patch of land in North Carolina.

Personally, I witnessed his tireless effort to please everyone during his working life. There were literally not enough hours in the day! Working commercially and on the farm. Still, there was some incredible joy and happiness displayed playing carelessly with his grandchildren. We also had some great summers and beach vacations together. My brother Michael and I survived the farm before health & safety!

In retirement Floyd worked in the garden and did some consultancy work (repairs independently for farmers on John Deere items). We enjoyed his trips with grandma to my first home in Roanoke, VA where he renovated a bathroom for me and he enjoying trips/vacations (even to England to see me & Nicole early in our move across the pond). I know he was a blessing to my cousin Kevin in much of his life and we are all especially thankful for that (sure Kevin would agree).

So we are looking up, as we always have been , at the strong man on the John Deere tractor and wondering what Floyd is thinking? Such a soft spoken man of few words yet so much wisdom. I know he’s at peace with his life. He’ll silently be cheering on his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Yet for those of us that knew him best we also know that Floyd is watching us with all the patience in the world. R.I.P. grandpa we’ve seen you and appreciate your life. Grier is giving you hug.................