Trustees of the Augusta County Library elected a new chairman at Thursday's board meeting after the recent passing of chairman Terry Sumey. Tapped to head the board was Frank Deckert who has been serving in the position as vice chairman.
Terry Sumey was a long-time member of the library board as well as other organizations and boards around the Commonwealth. He was a graduate of the Lee
High School class of 1962, and attended the University of Virginia.
He worked at Coca-Cola in Staunton, and at Lynchburg College where he
held many posts, culminating in Business Manager and Treasurer of the
College. He was active and an officer in a number of state, regional,
and national college associations. When he returned to the Staunton area
he managed family owned business including Quality Improvements, Inc.,
Sunrooms by Quality, Gutter Helmet of Central Virginia, and Meredith
Terry was an avid reader and bibliophile, enjoyed foreign
travel including France, Italy, England, Spain, Greece, Morocco, Iran,
Russia, China, Haiti, Jamaica, Bermuda, and Mexico. He collected art
focusing on active Virginia artists in the 60's, 70's, and 80's, and
many pieces of his collection are in the Daura Gallery at Lynchburg
He served many arts, cultural, and civic organizations as board
member and officer. Among these were the original board of the
Lynchburg Academy Theater; the Sarah Winston Henry chapter of the Assn.
for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities; the Renaissance Theater
and was a founding member of the board of the Hamner Theater and its
Chairman. He served as a 22 year member of the Augusta County Library
Board and was a number of times its Chairman. He was a member of the
Virginia Library Association, served as Chairman of the Trustees division, was
elected Treasurer and trained a new Executive Director, and for his
services to that organization and libraries was named a Life Member of
the VLA. He was a founding organizer of the Virginia Library Endowment
and was its first Treasurer.
Terry Sumey ... July 12, 1944 - February 19, 2014. RIP.