Gloria Graham Summers was the first of 6-girls of Willie Graham and Willie Mae Wright who was born on Thursday, June 24, 1937, in the Little Washington Community of Goldsboro, North Carolina. She attended the Wayne County Public Schools System. In childhood Gloria joined the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church where she accepted Christ as her Saviour.
Gloria married Edward Earl Summers on July 05, 1955. Their union produced 4 children. Gloria retired from Wayne Memorial Hospital as the housekeeping supervisor in December of 1991, after 33-years. As a servant of love, Gloria adored her family, and was committed to their individual successes and well-being. Self-less by nature, Gloria supported many charitable causes such as the March of Dimes, St. Jude Hospital, and other local causes. Gloria made her transition from labor to reward on Friday, November 26, 2021, at the Wayne Memorial Hospital.
Gloria was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and one sister, Mary. She is celebrated by three daughter(s): Mrs. Gloria S. Rich, Mrs. Letha S. Richardson, Mrs. Robin S. McIntyre, all of Goldsboro; one son, Mr. Garland Summers of Fayetteville; 8 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild; Four sister(s): Mrs. Edith G. Ward, Mrs. Mamie G. Moses, Mrs. Gwendolyn J. King, all of Goldsboro; and Ms. Marsha J. Riddle of St. Louis, MO. Six sister-in-law(s): Ms. Retha Summers of Greenville, Mrs. Beverly S. Body of Parkstown (Ronnie), Mrs. Aletha S. Britt of Durham (Jimmy), Mrs. Delores L. Summers, Ms. Elizabeth Taylor, Mrs. Edna J. Summers, all of Lagrange. Four brother-in-law(s): Mr. Jimmy Summers, Sr. (Carolyn) of LaGrange, Mr. Elvis Summers of Greensboro, Mr. William Graham of Bellport, NY, and Mr. Oswald Dawson of the U.S. Virgin Islands. 1 special cousin, Beverly Lewis-Thomas of St. Louis, MO. 1 special son, Thuman Bunn of Goldsboro. A host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and relatives.
GLORIA leaves a legacy of unconditional love, relentless faith, and unmatchable work ethic to her family. Gloria Jean will never forget the rides, Ma accompanied to see the construction of Garland’s apartments. Ma loved to visit Sweet Frog after lunch at Murrays every Saturday. Kent says Mrs. Summers’ took great pride in her yard. Pam will never forget the dinners at the many restaurants she and Garland took Ms. Gloria too. Lakisha says Grandma her Travel Buddy and will always be her Queen! Kenya remembers Grandma as someone who always helped anyone, and if she did not it was because she was unable. Tim says the cleanest his apartment have been was when Grandma visited. He will cherish their talks and many cross-country trips to Amish Country PA, Atlantic City NJ, Philadelphia, New York City, Chicago, St. Louis, and Miami. Jamaika won’t never forget her great-grandmother’s love of ice cream cones. Both Jasmine and Mya will always remember their grandmother as their first hair stylist (i.e. plat braids).