BMCM(SW) Tony Summerlin, United States Navy (Ret) 72, of Ponce De Leon, passed away on March 15, 2013. He was born Nov. 21, 1940 in Montgomery, Ala. Tony proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy for 30 years. He was a veteran of the Vietnam Conflict where he served multiple tours as a boat captain with the Riverine Force. Following his retirement from the Navy, he served as a heavy equipment operations engineer instructor at the Vocational Technical Institute in Chipley.
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Tony was a loving father and grandfather. Tony lived life to the fullest and is a true "American Hero", earning two Silver Stars, two Bronze Stars with Combat "V", two Navy Commendations with Combat "V" and two Purple Hearts in Vietnam. He loved being outdoors as he had been all his life with the Navy and Teaching job.
Survivors include his wife, Thelma of Ponce De Leon; sons, Mark (Shannon) Brinton of Killeen, Texas, Tony (Amy) Summerlin of Atlanta, Ga., Anthony and Major Summerlin of home and Scott (Chris) Brinton of Spring Hill; daughter, Lee (Joe) Lindsay of Destin; 11 grandchildren; seven great grandchildren, and his sister, Dora Bias of Elba, Ala.
Tony was buried March 19, 2013 in Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, Expressions of sympathy may be viewed or submitted online at www.mclaughlinmortuary.com
Published in Washington County News and Holmes County Times-Advertiser on Mar. 20, 2013