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Earl Francis Summers, Jr
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Birth: Dec. 9, 1916
West Virginia, USA
Death: Aug. 19, 2004
Ohio County
West Virginia, USA

Earl Francis Summers, Jr


Birthplace: Wheeling, WV.

Resided In: Wheeling, WV.

Visitation: August 23, 2004: 2-4 & 7-9 p.m.

Service: August 24, 2004: 2:00 p.m.

Cemetery: Park View Memorial Gardens, Wheeling, WV.

Summers Earl Francis, Jr., 87, of Wheeling, W Va., died Thursday, August 19, 2004 at his residence.

He was born December 9, 1916 in Wheeling, W Va., son of the late Earl F. and Catherine Elizabeth Cowan Summers, Sr.

Earl Summers, Jr. was a member of the Wheeling Symphony for 61 years. He held the title of Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, concertmaster emeritus and president emeritus of Local 142, American Federation of Musicians and Local 60-471 Pittsburgh. Summers continued to perform as a freelance musician in local string quartet concerts, shows and miscellaneous engagements. As a charter member of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra Summers was just 12 years old when he performed in the symphony's first concert in 1929. His father, Earl, Sr., was his violin instructor. Earl, Sr. served as the first concertmaster of the newly formed symphony and was a renowned musician and orchestra leader. Earl, Jr. officially retired from the orchestra in 1990 at Music Under the Stars. Summers graduated from Wheeling High School. He was employed at Bloch Brothers Tobacco Co., where he worked his way up from office boy to purchasing agent.

Throughout his career, Summers, Jr. performed with local theater orchestras, as well as with the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra. He played with the WWVA staff band from 1932 until 1950 and was concertmaster from 1936 to 1944 for the "It's Wheeling Steel" radio program. For more than 20 years the Earl Summers, Jr. Orchestra played for dances throughout the tri-state area. Summers also served as first violin of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Ballet Orchestra. He was concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera Orchestra for nine years.

He was a member of Nelson Lodge #30 A.F. & A.M. and Wheeling Lodge #28, B.P.O. Elks. He was a 50 year member of both the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry S. J. USA 32nd degree; and the Osiris Temple of the Shrine AAONMS.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, James and Charles Summers. He is survived by his wife, of 53 years, the former Mary Matesic Summers and three sons, Richard H. Summers and his wife, Karen of West Milford, N.J., Marc A. Summers, and his wife, Eleanor of Luxembourg City, Luxembourg and John H. Summers and his wife, Kathleen of Falls Church, VA.; four grandchildren.

Friends will be received at the Kepner Funeral Home, National Road at Bethany Pike, Wheeling, Monday, August 23, 2004 from 2- 4 and 7- 9 p.m. where service will be held Tuesday, August 24, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. with the Revered Robert P. Johnson officiating.

Interment in Park View Memorial Gardens. Nelson Lodge # 30 A.F. & A. M. will held Masonic graveside services. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wheeling Symphony Society, 1025 Main Street, Wheeling. WV 26003. Personal condolences may be made to the family at
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Parkview Memorial Gardens
Ohio County
West Virginia, USA
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Record added: Nov 26, 2012
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Earl Francis Summers, Jr
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