Edward Scott Summerville was born on September 6, 1956 in Harlem, New York to Edward Summerville, Sr. and Marjorie Brookins. He was the youngest of two children.
He and his sister, Michelle, grew up in East Orange, New Jersey in the height of the civil rights era. Edward would always plow through the house or up and down the street playing, thus earning him the nickname Buzzy (short for a Buzzsaw). Buzzy was educated in the East Orange School District and graduated in June of 1974. During his high school years, Buzzy was a star pitcher for the baseball team and a standout football player. After high school, he played baseball at community college in Yuma, Arizona and El Centro, California as the star pitcher. He was drafted to the minor leagues and had a short career with the Los Angeles Angles baseball team. He was on the baseball scouts' radar for the professional leagues.
In 1976, Buzzy enlisted into the United States Army and was a Military Police Officer and worked in Construction Mos training. He ended his military career as Private First-class E1. He left honorably and returned home to East Orange to his family.
Buzzy enjoyed card games with his grandmother, aunts, and uncle. He was a wiz at fixing anything and was self-taught. In 1989, he met and fell in love with Sharon Gibson of Newark, New Jersey. They spent 31 wonderful years together; she was not only his spouse, but she was also his best friend and confidant. They loved to travel and enjoyed a good life. They relocated to Texas in 2009. Buzzy worked various jobs until he found his niche which was long haul over-the-road trucking. He enjoyed this profession and was highly successful until the time of his death.
Those left to cherish precious memories include his wife of 31 years, Sharon Summerville; his sons: Kareem, Kawan, and Kasiim (California), Kaleem (Las Vegas), Malik Summerville (Texas), and Jamil Gibson (Texas); his daughters, Nakia Summerville and Tiffany Gibson - both of Texas; 13 grandchildren; his only niece, Bayyinah Summerville-Grinnard (Desmond) (NJ/Pennsylvania); his nephews, Tariq Jackson and Kassim McCleod Summerville; and a host of other family and friends. Buzzy was predeceased by his grandmother, Mittie Sweet Brookins; his mother, Marjorie Brookins; his father, Edward Summerville, Sr; and his sister, Michelle Summerville. If you knew Buzzy, you knew he was a great man that overcame many obstacles in his life. He rose from darkness into the light. He was a Christian man who believed the Lord would see him through any and all trials and tribulations. He would give you the shirt off of his back and do anything he could to enhance your life. He took great pride in being a wonderful provider for his family. Buzzy, we will miss you!
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