AAR Mourns the Loss of Past President Walter O. Summerville

AAR Mourns the Loss of Past President Walter O. Summerville

Alabama REALTORS® is saddened to learn of the passing of our friend, Walter Owen Summerville. Walter served as President of the Alabama Association of REALTORS® in 1985. Our thoughts and prayers are with Walter's family and friends during this time of loss.

Walter is survived by his loving wife of nearly 68 years, Mary Summerville; his children, Debbie Summerville and Walter Summerville, Jr.; his daughter-in-law, Alice Summerville; his grandsons, Owen and Will Summerville; and his sister, Beth Henderson (Ron).

Walter is a graduate of Autauga County High School and Auburn University. He was successfully active in the real estate industry for over 45 years. He served as Charter President of the DeKalb County Board of REALTORS® in 1976 and was reelected in 1977 and 1978. Walter was the 1985 Alabama REALTOR® of the Year. In addition to his presidency at AAR, Walter is also a past president of the DeKalb County Home Builders.

In 1983, Walter was appointed to the Alabama Real Estate Commission by Governor Wallace to serve a five year term. He was reappointed to the Alabama Real Estate Commission in 1995 by Governor Fob James, serving as Chairman of the Commission during the four year term of his second appointment. 

Walter was very involved in his community and civic affairs. He served on the Prattville City Council from 1956 to 1960  and was a Director of the Fort Payne Chamber of Commerce for three years. He was Chairman of the Fort Payne Zoning and Planning Board as well as the Fort Payne Water Board. He was President of the Fort Payne High School Parent Teacher Association and the Parent Association of the Marion Military Institute. Walter also served on Governor Wallace's Industrial Advisory Committee.

Walter was a dedicated public servant who contributed greatly to the state of Alabama and its real estate industry. He exemplified what it means to be a servant leader and he will be missed.