Nelda Jean (Black) Summers

November 14, 1942 ~ January 26, 2022 (age 79)


Nelda Jean Black Summers, 79, of Statesville went home to be with Jesus on the morning of Wednesday, January 26th, 2022. She passed away peacefully at Heritage Place following her lengthy battle with dementia.

Jean was born in Iredell County on November 14th, 1942 to the late James Lauren Black and Nellie Goodin Black.

She attended Statesville City Schools, and graduated from Statesville High School in 1961. After graduating, Jean received a certificate in Airline Personnel Training from the Central Technical Institute in Hartford, Connecticut with her best friend Brenda.

In the early sixties, Jean worked at Northwestern Bank which was located at the corner of Front and Center Streets here in Statesville.  

After years of being a dedicated homemaker, Jean returned to the workforce in the early eighties. She worked in Accounts Payable and Receivable at John Boyle & Company for over a decade where she met her dear friends Peggy and Kathy.

Jean devoted her life to her faith and family. She was a selfless wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. Jean was always a “prayer warrior” who spent countless hours writing heartfelt prayers in her journals. She also served on the prayer and hospitality committees and taught children’s Sunday school at Diamond Hill Baptist Church where she had many cherished friends. Those closest to Jean will always remember her delicious food, generous heart, and faithful spirit.

Jean is survived by her two children, Lisa Summers Elam (Gary) and Steven Alan Summers; and one grandchild, Melanie Marie Elam. She is also survived by her brother, Larry Black and his wife, Janice, in addition to many nieces, nephews, and cousins as well as her two cats Callie and Tomas.

She was preceded in death by her husband of over 50 years, Charles Donald Summers.

The family would like to send a special thanks to all of Jean’s wonderful caretakers at both Heritage Place and Hospice. Nick, Tammy, Linda, Evan, Bonnie, Kim, Leslie, Lisa, and Brandi have all been angels to our family!

Due to Covid and the family’s desires, there will be a private family memorial service.

In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Diamond Hill Baptist Church, 2320 East Broad Street, Statesville, N.C. 28625, Hospice and Palliative Care of Iredell County, 2347 Simonton Rd., Statesville, N.C. 28625 or Heritage Place Memory Care Facility, 1372 Eufola Rd, Statesville, N.C. 28677. Online condolences may be made to the family at

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Private Service


Hospice and Palliative Care of Iredell County
2341 Simonton Rd., Statesville NC 28625

Diamond Hill Baptist
2320 E. Broad St., Statesville NC 28625

Heritage Place Memory Care Facility
1372 Eufola Rd, Statesville NC 28677

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