Deaths • 02.24.12

Larry Summers

Larry Wayne Summers, 44, passed away Feb. 12, at Medical City Hospital in North Dallas. Summers was an avid reader, largely of the sci-fi and fantasy genres. He enjoyed playing softball in leagues both in Seattle and more recently here in Dallas. In his spare time he enjoyed watching movies, playing video games, playing with computers, boating with friends, grilling and collecting books — but above all just enjoying time spent with friends.

One of his longtime interests was sitting for hours watching cartoons from his childhood. In recent months he picked up knitting again, a hobby he shared with his mother.

Summers was an easygoing man with uncomplicated demands. He was a loyal friend to many, and will be remembered as a soft-spoken, sweet man. Although a man of few words, he had an understated charm, sweet smile and an infectious laugh. He was always in a good mood regardless of the stresses in his life, which is a testament to the genuine good soul and the good person that he was.
Services were held in his hometown of Mart, Texas. He is survived by his parents, Leo and Frances Summer; his younger brother, Michael; his grandparents, Roy and Virgie Summers and Annie and William Beck; and his cherished cat, Alex.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition February 24, 2012.

—  Kevin Thomas

DIFFA/Dallas announces Style Council

At Dish last night, a huge crowd gathered to hear the names on DIFFA/Dallas’ Style Council roster. Members of the Style Council are  responsible for getting out the word about DIFFA and fundraising for the signature event, the Collection, which this year is called Smoking Haute. It will take place at the Anatole on March 31.

Read who the 2012 Style Council Ambassadors are after the jump.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Holiday Cheer

Teddy-BearsSPREADING JOY  |  Party hosts Jason Hanna and Joe Riggs are joined by party sponsors and friends on Saturday, Dec. 17, to deliver the more than 250 teddy bears donated during Hanna’s annual Toys for Tots holiday party to Medical City Children’s Hospital. The party, held Dec. 10, also brought cash donations that went to the Theodore Roosevelt Association. Hanna started holding a holiday party at his home in 2009. But in 2010, after both his parents were diagnosed with cancer, Hanna decided to turn the party into an effort to collect toy donations for children with cancer. This year, thanks to much larger expected attendance, Hanna and new co-host Joe Riggs and added sponsors, local attorneys Steve Rahhl and Mike Richardson, to help cover the costs and effort of moving the party to The Davis Building in downtown Dallas. Use of the building was donated by its owner, The Bascom Building.

—  Kevin Thomas