Andrell Bratton Summitt, Jr., (A.B.) passed away in the late evening on Saturday, May 13, 2023, at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, MD, with his family by his side. He lived a full life and was so excited to celebrate his 90th birthday!
A.B. was born and raised in Kings Mountain, North Carolina. Growing up there, he was very proud of becoming an Eagle Scout with Troop 2 and shared stories about the Piedmont Boy Scout Camp at Lake Lanier in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Tryon, N.C. He graduated from Kings Mountain High School in the top 10% of his class on June 3, 1952, with a Loyalty Honor Scholarship. At the time, he was part of the high school’s largest graduating class of 70 seniors.
A.B. enlisted in the United States Air Force and began his military career in Basic Training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas on June 28, 1952. He was a part of Squadron 3723, Flight 836.
While stationed in Wichita, Kansas, A.B. met his wife Margaret G. White, at a “weenie roast”. They were invited by mutual friends in hopes of matching them up! After a short six months of seeing each other, he took her home to meet his family to become engaged. They were so excited and in love, that they bought the full set of rings and were married on December 22, 1953, at the Gaffney, South Carolina courthouse.
A.B. and Margaret were married for 56 years, and she was a dedicated and supportive military wife during his 21 years of service. He always said she served right alongside of him. She was the American Youth Association Director on base while he was stationed in Ankara, Turkey, and a Property Manager here in the U.S.
Andrell Bratton Summitt, Jr. retired as a Master Sergeant and Administrative Officer at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, MS on July 1, 1973. During his 21-year military career, he was awarded three "Meritorious Service Medals" for outstanding leadership, professional skill and achievement. He was a member of the Military Airlift Command and attended the University of Alaska, the University of Maryland, and Air Force Military School for special training.
In 1973, A.B. and Margaret Summitt once again moved to Maryland, where they began working side by side in a new Property Management career with Community Realty Company. They worked there for the next 15 years until their final retirement in Bowie, MD.
Andrell Bratton Summitt, Jr. will be laid to rest next to his wife Margaret G. Summitt at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. He has gone home to be with the Lord Jesus Christ, to be joined with his wife and family and is now at peace.
A.B. is preceded in death by his father Andrell Bratton Summitt, Sr., his mother Laura Mae Ross Summitt, his brother James Donaldson and Kathleen Summitt, and his sisters; Thelma Mae Summitt, Sarah Elizabeth Parker, and Dorothy Pauline and John Terris, all of Kings Mountain, N.C.
A.B. is survived by his daughter, Susan Summitt Sayyad of Edgewater, MD, his son, Stephen Ray and Gaye Summitt of Monroe, GA, his grandchildren; Rachel Nicole Sayyad of Edgewater, MD, Evan Nicholas Sayyad of Annapolis, MD, Stephen Christopher and Kelli Summitt of Boyd, TX, Susan Michelle Summitt and Oscar Aguado and his great-grandchildren; Anjanette, Mariah, and Jake Aguado, all of La Feria, TX.
The funeral service will be a private ceremony with only close family members present.