Summers, who died in April 1993 at age 72, was one of the Huntsvilles most prominent sportsmen and businessmen. A real estate builder and developer and a native of Huntsville, he served on numerous boards, including the Huntsville Utilities Electric Board, the Madison County Personnel Board, the board of the Boys and Girls Club, the Huntsville-Madison County Athletic Hall of Fame, the YMCA, and Christmas Charities. Tooney Summers was also a charter member of the board of directors for Madison Academy and was instrumental in its establishment and the construction thereof. He coached various YMCA basketball teams to several city championships. He was also the local campaign coordinator for former Gov. George Wallace. An avid football fan, Summers helped organize the Huntsville Quarterback Club and served as its first captain. He was also instrumental in the building of Huntsvilles Milton Frank Stadium. Summers was a longtime member of the Church of Christ and occasionally preached from 1949 until his death. Summers immediate family includes his wife, Ann; two sons, Forest Summers of Huntsville and Tommy Summers of Hawaii; and a daughter, Libby Clark of Huntsville.