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Gary Lain Summers

October 13, 1946 ~ November 14, 2022 (age 76)
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Mr. Gary Summers, age 76, of Franklin, KY, passed away on Monday, November 14th, 2022 at 5:04 PM the Medical Center of Bowling Green, KY.

Visitation will be held on Friday, November 18, 2022 from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM at Gilbert Funeral Home & Crematory and will continue on Saturday, November 19th from 6:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 19, 2022 at 1:00 PM with interment to follow in Greenlawn Cemetery in Franklin, KY.

Gary was born on October 13, 1946 to the late Jack Summers and Louise Summers, whom survives.  He is also preceded in death by a great-grandson, Harper Odell Tuck.

He is also survived by wife of 24 years, Cindy Summers; 5 children, Dawn Johnson of Bowling Green, KY, Melissa Jones (Steve) of Franklin, KY, Jay Austin (Carrie) of Portland, TN, Jamie Summers (Natalie) of Franklin, KY and John Summers (Erin) of Franklin, KY; 12 grandchildren, Tawni, Erik, Jackson, Maeson, Logan, Coleson, Kasen, Little Gracie, Tanner, Mackenzie, Noah, and Big Gracie; 12 great-grandchildren, Javin, Kanyon, River, Paisley, Caiden, Gracelynn, Karson, Samara, Nya, Zoey, Sadie and Allie; best friend/brother, Tommy Turner (Wanda); and a large group of racing family.

Gary was a member of West Madison Church in Franklin, KY.  Gary was a member of NHRA and holds several National Records with his six race cars. He and Cindy enjoyed traveling to several states to race. They made many friends while racing and continue those close friendships. 

Gary's love of antique, unique and fast cars show in his collection of over two hundred and forty cars. 

Gary's love for farming is reflected in the thousands of acres that make up Summers Farms. His goal was to buy land whenever he could so that Jamie, John, and the grandsons would be able to keep Summers Farms going for many years to come. 

Gary and Cindy loved to travel and always took a winter vacation to several different destinations throughout the years. Aruba was their favorite spot. 

Although Gary can put out a gruff first impression on most people, he was a super nice man and was always willing to help anyone in need. 

As Gary started to slow down in the field, he enjoyed driving around with Cindy in his smart car or his Ranger, looking at the crops and watching the guys harvesting. 

Gary loved all of the grand and great-grandchildren, and did a good job of spoiling. Each have their nicknames that he gave them. They each have their own special relationship with him. 
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the FFA, c/o Franklin-Simpson High School, 400 South College Street, Franklin, KY 42134, attn: Felicia Dalton or Sam Evans.  Envelopes will be provided at the funeral home.

Gilbert Funeral Home & Crematory website is The Facebook page is Gilbert Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc.  The obituary phone line is 270-586-8844.

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November 18, 2022

11:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Gilbert Funeral Home & Crematory
325 West Cedar Street
Franklin, KY 42134

November 19, 2022

6:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Gilbert Funeral Home & Crematory
325 West Cedar Street
Franklin, KY 42134

Funeral Service
November 19, 2022

1:00 PM
Gilbert Funeral Home & Crematory
325 West Cedar Street
Franklin, KY 42134

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Interment following funeral service
November 19, 2022

Greenlawn Cemetery
420 Cemetery Street
Franklin, Ky 42134

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Gary Summers

October 13, 1946-November 14, 2022

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