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Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Jun 18, 2018
Former Hamilton County Circuit Court Judge Robert M. “Bob” Summitt died on June 16. He was 94. A native of Sweetwater, he served in the Naval Aviation and Army Infantry in World War II and was a recipient of the Medal of Meritorious Service. He graduated from the University of Tennessee School of Law in 1949, after which he moved to Chattanooga to begin his career in law. He later co-founded Coffey and Summitt in 1963. He was appointed to the bench in 1968 and was elected to a full term in 1974, which he was re-elected to in 1982 and 1990. He retired in 1998. A memorial service will be held at noon on Wednesday at First Centenary United Methodist Church, Dr. Douglas Fairbanks officiating. Burial service will follow at the National Cemetery with military honors.  Visitation at the church will be from 10 a.m. to noon, prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial acknowledgments may be directed to First Centenary United Methodist Church, 419 McCallie Ave, the Cherokee Area Council Boys Scouts of America, 6031 Lee Highway, or to the Salvation Army, 822 McCallie Ave.