Ben Summey

Published 6:03 pm Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Bennett “Ben” Charles Summey, 37, of Spartanburg, S.C., died Monday, Oct. 31, 2011.
Born in Spartanburg, he was the son of Elizabeth Hinsdale Summey of Spartanburg, S.C., and the late Raymond Summey. A l992 graduate of Dorman High School, Ben received his B.A. degree from Presbyterian College, where he received the Outstanding Senior Award from the music department. He later received a master’s in education from Converse College. Ben was a former employee of both Spartanburg County School Districts 5 and 6 and was currently the director of music of Mill Creek Church of the Brethren, where he was a member. Bennett had been a loving caregiver for his grandfather, Bennett Hinsdale, since coming to Polk County in 2009.
Surviving are: his mother, Elizabeth Hinsdale Summey of Spartanburg, S.C.; a brother, Raymie (Lisa) Summey of Spartanburg; a sister, Amanda Cohen (Brett) of Fort Mill, S.C., and maternal grandfather, Bennett Hinsdale of Green Creek. Also surviving are three nephews, Ethan and Gabe Summey and Harrison Cohen, and a niece, Lizzie Cohen.
Ben was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Gladys Hinsdale, and his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Brady Summey of Gastonia, N.C.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011 in the Mill Creek Church of the Brethren, 1401 Coxe Road, Tryon, N.C. 28782 (Green Creek), with Rev. Stephen Abe officiating.
Burial will be in the Green Creek First Baptist Church cemetery, Green Creek.
Family will receive friends from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2 in the McFarland Funeral Chapel, Tryon.
Memorials may be made to Mill Creek Church of the Brethren, 1401 Coxe Road, Tryon, N.C. 28782.
An on-line guest register may be signed at
McFarland Funeral Chapel, Tryon.

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