On February 1, 2005, Waymon Summers passed from this life and entered into his eternal reward. Waymon has been a true friend and gospel preacher for over 47 years. He preached the last several years at the Ridgedale Church of Christ in Chattanooga, TN. Prior to moving to Chattanooga, Waymon was a preacher and elder at the Weirton Heights Church of Christ in Weirton, WV. He will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege to know him.
I have heard Waymon preach many times and can say it is my belief that he was a sound and faithful gospel preacher. We have had him preach gospel meetings here at McKinleyville many times, and his preaching seemed to always be just what we needed. His ability to preach God's word in love, his friendliness, and the respect that others had for him always drew a goodly number to our gospel meetings. His last gospel meeting here at McKinleyville in the Spring of 2004 was truly one of the best meetings we have ever had.
In my estimation, Waymon was a genuine servant of the Lord in many ways. He truly cared about people's spiritual and physical welfare. In this sense, he was a true Barnabas, in that he was a great encourager to those who were dealing with problems, whether their problems were physical or spiritual (Acts 4:36). He was also one who made good use of the telephone and of the internet. He always liked to keep in touch with people and to offer words of encouragement in their times of need.
I also know that Waymon was a man of prayer, desiring it not only for others, but also for himself.
Waymon and his dear wife Rosemary have stayed in our home during gospel meeting times and were great houseguests. It was a real joy to have them in our home. It was easy to see that Waymon was a great example of how husbands should love and care for their wives. He and Rosemary were married for fifty-three years.
His family was of great importance to Waymon. He enjoyed talking about his sons and their families. Waymon was very thankful for his family and cared very deeply about them. He also showed a great interest in other families as well.
It would be a great thing for us to emulate those godly examples in our own lives that were so evident in the life of Waymon.
As our dear friend and loved one has passed over to the other side, we are reminded of the words that the apostle John was inspired to write, "... Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from henceforth: yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; for their works follow with them." (Revelation 14:13). -RR 2 Box 155C, Wellsburg, WV 26070-9519.
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