Hazel Virginia Stewart Wilkes-Summers, 84 of Chipley, passed away Tuesday, September 20, in the Henry County Rehab and Nursing Home in Abbeville, Ala. Mrs. Wilkes-Summers was born February 18, 1927 in Troy, Ala., to the late Robert Wesley and Elma Ruth Stewart. She was married to the late Elson Wilkes in 1945 and together they had eight children. In 1962 they relocated from Troy, Ala. to Cottondale, where she spent much of her life working as a seamstress. After the death of her husband, Mrs. Wilkes-Summers moved to Chipley where she was an active member of Blue Lake Baptist Church. She enjoyed sewing, cake decorating, and square dancing. She then married the late Charles Summers in 1991. Together they enjoyed traveling and spending time with family.
Mrs. Wilkes-Summers leaves behind her eight children, Ronald Wilkes of Palm Beach Gardens, and wife Nancy, Larry Wilkes of Harvest, Ala. and wife Barbara, Brenda Tice of Dothan, Ala. and husband Jerry, Daniel Wilkes of Cottondale, and wife Karen, James (Jimmy) Wilkes of Chipley, Susan (Ginger) Calvert of Ashford, Ala., Terry Wilkes of Cottondale, and wife Tina, and Wendell Wilkes of Dothan, Ala. and wife Ruthann; two brothers, Randy Stewart of Merced, CA, Michael Stewart of Pensacola; four sisters, Gilbreta Jackson and Ina Kate Mitchell of Troy, Ala., Elma Jean Cane of Andalusia, Ala., and Judy Burchfield of Opp, Ala.; 22 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren.
The family received friends Friday, September 23, from 6-8 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, Brickyard Chapel and Saturday, September 24, from 1-2 p.m. at Blue Lake Baptist Church. Funeral Services were held at 2 p.m. at Blue Lake Baptist Church with the Rev. Jerry Wilkes officiating. Interment followed in Campbellton, at Campbellton Baptist Church Cemetery. Brown Funeral Home of Chipley is in charge of the arrangements. Friends and family may sign the online register at www.brownfh.net.
Published by Washington County News from Sep. 23 to Oct. 28, 2011.