Pete Summers passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Wednesday, October 2nd. He was born on December 31, 1952 and was 66 years of age. Pete was an outstanding student athlete and successful businessman from the Rossville area. He married the love of his life, Brenda, who was also his high school sweetheart, and they have been married for 41 years. He was a wonderful husband, Dad to Lance and Jennifer, who he was incredibly proud of, and Granddad to Landon, Austin and Sophie Rae. The grandchildren gave him the endearing name of "PYE" and he so loved and enjoyed them. Additionally, Pete was a dog lover and had a "granddog" named Baylor who was his loyal friend.
Pete graduated from Rossville High School in 1971. While in high school he was a 4 year letterman in baseball, a 2 year letterman in basketball and 3 year letterman in football. In 1969 he was 2nd team All City Times and Free Press Quarterback. In 1970 he was 1st Team All City Times and Free Press Defensive Back and in 1971 he was 1st Team All City Times and Free Press Shortstop. He not only excelled in sports but also academically. His Senior Year he was selected by the Rossville High Teachers and Staff as RHS Boy of the Year. He was inducted in the Rossville High School Sports Hall of Fame in 1999.
After high school graduation, Pete was awarded an academic/baseball scholarship to Shorter College. While at Shorter he was a three-time All-Conference performer. Pete was known as "Tank" and "Mr. Hustle" and starred on the mound and at the plate for the Shorter Hawks. He posted a career high batting average of .316 as a sophomore before leading the nation in 1973 with a 0.57 ERA. Pete had a perfect 10-0 record on the mound in 1974 while giving up just four runs in 63 innings pitched. After graduating from Shorter in 1975 with a BS in Business Administration, Economics and Accounting, Pete was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates and played two years of minor league baseball. He was inducted into the Shorter Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.
Pete continued participating in sports and fitness activities throughout his life playing on amateur softball teams and earning a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Karate.
Pete formed a very successful construction company (Baker and Summers Construction) with his best friend and mentor, Wink Baker. Together they were successful in developing many subdivisions in the North Georgia area. They were very generous in supporting community initiatives, especially giving a great deal of support to the Ridgeland High School Athletic Programs. Wink and Pete were inducted in the inaugural class of the Ridgeland High School Hall of Fame in 2018.
Pete was preceded in death by his parents Harry and Wavolene Summers.
He is survived by his wife Brenda, his daughter Jennifer Summers, his son and daughter-in law Lance (Amanda) Summers, and grandchildren Landon, Austin and Sophie
Rae Summers. He is also survived by his brother Phil (Terran) Summers, nephew Jeremy Summers and his sister Kathy Summers. Also left to cherish his memory are his many Rossville High School friends, Shorter College friends, golfing and poker buddies, Mountain View friends, co-workers, former softball teammates, Karate class friends and so many others who were their customers from their real estate developments. If you measure a life by the number of friends, Pete was truly blessed. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Beth, Jennifer and Elizabeth from Regency Southern Care Hospice Services for their compassionate care.
Funeral services will be held 11 AM Saturday in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Terry Burns and Joey Akridge officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Al Mallard Stocking Full of Love or North Georgia YMCA Rossville Summer Academy.
Family will receive friends 4-8 PM Friday and 9-11 AM Saturday at Heritage Funeral Home and Crematory, Battlefield Parkway.