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Clarence Freeman Summers Jr.
1962 2024

Clarence Freeman Summers Jr.

December 16, 1962 — May 4, 2024

Clarence Freeman Summers Jr. was born in Louisville, KY, on December 16, 1962, to Phyllis A. Jones and Clarence Freeman Summers Sr. As a child, he enjoyed spending time with his Uncle James (Aunt Chris), going to Walnut Street Baptist Church to hang out, and being social with family and friends. He was an exceptional athlete who played football and basketball for his school. He was a man of great stature and strength on and off the court. He is legendary for shattering the basketball goal at Grace Hope Center. After graduating from Marion C. Moore High School in 1980, he attended Kentucky State University, and later that year, he enlisted in the U.S. Army.

On May 17, 1984, Clarence embraced the role of a loving father with the birth of his first daughter, Dekota Summers. Eighteen months later, he and Marya Summers welcomed their second daughter, Cheyenne Summers, into the world. Ten years later, they welcomed their son Cherokee Summers into the world. Clarence was not just a father but a guiding light, finding joy in teaching his children life's simple pleasures, from riding bikes to flying kites and playing basketball. He married Marya Summers, his childhood sweetheart and best friend, on January 1,1990. Clarence's presence was larger than life, lighting up every room he entered. He was a husband and father who always prioritized his family. His career as a truck driver allowed him to forge many friendships along his life's journey.

Clarence was a man of many friendships, and his charismatic and free-spirited nature drew people to him. He was known for his quick wit, captivating storytelling, and his competitive spirit, which he often expressed through sports and games, always accompanied by his trademark trash talk. Clarence was a kind and loving soul who would give you the shirt off his back. His charm and openness meant he never met a stranger. Clarence was an enthusiastic and passionate supporter of UofL and the San Francisco 49ers. He loved nothing more than cheering on his favorite teams and giving them all the support they needed to win. His life was a testament to the remarkable way one can live with one's loved ones, leaving a lasting impression on all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Clarence F. Summers Jr. leaves behind his beloved wife, Marya Summers, daughters Dekota Summers ( James Baldwin), Cheyenne Summers ( Robert Taylor), and Son Cherokee Summers (Taylor Summers). His loving mother, Phyllis A. Jones, sisters Nita Middleton (Chris Middleton), Theresa Summers, Latonya Holt, Linda Clark, Shaunica Derrick (Dominique Derrick), brothers Clint Summers and Corey Summers. He also leaves behind his beloved grandchildren Zachariah Summers, Shane Willock, Zariah Taylor, Marya Willock, Cherokee Summers Jr., Kie Summers, and Mia Summers. Leaving behind are nieces and nephews a host of family and friends that he loved. He is preceded in death by his grandmothers, Freda Mozee and Anna Summers, his father, Clarence Freeman Summers Sr., sister, Erica Maddox, uncle, William Mozee, and cousin, William Summers.

Visitation will be from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on Wednesday, May 15, 2024 at Newcomer Cremations, Funerals & Receptions - Southwest Louisville Chapel, (10304 Dixie Hwy). His Funeral Service will be at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, at Newcomer Cremations, Funerals & Receptions - Southwest Louisville Chapel.

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