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Originally published: 2012-11-08 14:34:16
Last modified: 2012-11-08 14:38:30

Walter M Summerville III

Walter M. Summerville, III  55, loving husband and father died Nov. 7, 2012.

Funeral Services to celebrate his life will be held 3 p.m. Sunday Nov. 11, 2012, at Kernersville First Christian Church. The family will visit with friends immediately following the service at the church.

A native of Boone, Walt was the son of Tucker Summerville and Walter M. Summerville, Jr. He was born Aug. 2, 1957, and was a graduate of Admiral Farragut Academy Class of '75. Walt graduated from Appalachian State University in 1979, and remained in Boone working as a photo journalist for the Watauga Democrat. He also served as a Volunteer Firefighter for the Boone Fire Department. He moved to Kernersville in 1987 to pursue a career in firefighting. As his career progressed Walt served as Lieutenant, Captain, District Commander, Battalion Chief, Assistant Chief, and currently was serving as Chief of the Kernersville Fire Rescue Department. Walt obtained the designation of Certified Fire Officer (CFO) on March 9, 2010, and Executive Fire Officer (EFO) on April 27, 2012.

Survivors include his loving wife of 18 years Cheryl Summerville of the home; daughters Jennifer Gilliam and Brock, of Gibsonville, and Emily Summerville and fiancé, Kelsey Vaughn of Boone; granddaughter Brynn Gilliam; mother Tucker Summerville of Charlotte; father Walter M. Summerville, Jr. and Debra of Charlotte; sisters Elaine Jenkins, Debbie Fackrell and Keith, and Karen Shaw; and a host of nieces, nephews, the brother he never had Johnny Reese, extended family, and friends.

Friends and family may sign, and view the guest book at

Memorial contributions are asked to be made to Firefighters Burned Children's Fund, P.O. Box 728, Kernersville, N.C. 27285.