Fallen Hero: Command Sergeant Major Plez W. “Trey” Summers, III


Funeral Home

Riverwood Family Funeral Services

76 US-51 Brookhaven, MS


Friday, June 21, 9-11 am, Riverwood Family Funeral Services


11 am, June 21, Riverwood Family  Funeral Services


Military Service Tribute, Honors, and Obituary:

Recognizing and Honoring a Fallen Hero, Who Served Within the Mississippi National Guard. “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten”.

In recognition of our proud American tradition of honorable service which our military men and women have given to their country and our State, we honor a Fallen Hero. Our nation, our state, and the National Guard Association of MS (NGAMS) regard the memorializing of its retired military deceased as an honorable and sacred obligation.

Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero has been released from duty, passed from our ranks on June 14, 2024, and has moved on to his heavenly home. Command Sergeant Major Plez W. “Trey” Summers, III, who had served within the MSARNG in 1/155 Infantry; HHC, 155th Armored Brigade, 66Troop Command, HQ Joint Forces HQ and CS Joint Forces Training Center has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord.  Plez currently was serving as Camp Shelby Post CSM.

It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country, giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life. We now applaud you for your service to our country.  A special message from General Douglas McArthur remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed: “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.

Rest in Peace Soldier.  We applaud your patriotism, sacrifices, and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service. We thank you for your service. Without your efforts and your families’ support, our country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright, and live so free.

You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done. Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.

Another great Soldier has gone home, “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten, Soldier for Life”.

Obituary, Visitation, and Service details:

Funeral service for Plez William “Trey” Summers III will be 11 am Friday, June 21, at Riverwood Family with burial in Kees Cemetery. Visitation is from 9 am until time of service.

Summers, 57, of Bogue Chitto, died June 14, 2024, at his residence. He was born May 10, 1967, to Plez W. Summers, Jr. and Anne Brazda Summers.

Command Sergeant Major Plez William Summers III “Trey” enlisted in the Mississippi Army NationalGuard, January 27, 1988. Shortly after completing
Basic Training, he enrolled in ROTC at Jackson State University where he earned his commission in May 1990. During his time as an officer, Summers served as an infantry officer, executive officer, and a commanding officer in 1st Battalion, 155th Infantry Regiment, including a nearly eight-month mission in Bosnia as the company commander of B/1-155 IN. He elected to resign his commission, October 31, 2002, to accept an AGR training NCO position with A/1-155 IN.  Summers’ first assignment as an enlisted Soldier was serving as Company Master Gunner in Company A, 1-155th CAB. Quickly rising through the ranks and promoting to Sergeant First Class in May 2004, he served as the unit readiness NCO for A/1-155 IN for a few months before deploying as a platoon sergeant in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from August 21, 2004, through January 20, 2006. Summers served as 1st battalion’s master gunner from November 2006, until March 2015. Promoted to Master Sergeant in February 2008, he deployed again in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and served as the First Sergeant of Company D, 1-155 IN while deployed.  Upon returning from his second combat deployment to Iraq, Summers continued his time as a master gunner in 1-155th, before becoming the operations NCO for the MSARNG at Joint Force Headquarters, March 18, 2015. He continued serving at JFH as a training NCO, operations/exercise training NCO, and training NCOIC until his promotion to Sergeant Major in November 2018, becoming the Operations Sergeant Major for 66th Troop Command.  In October 2019, Summers was selected to lead 1-155th IN as the Command Sergeant Major until May 2021 when he moved to north Mississippi to serve as the 155th ABCT Operations Sergeant Major. In less than two short years, he was appointed as the Command Sergeant Major of Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center, January 18, 2023.  His military education includes Basic Training, Infantry Officers Basic Course, Infantryman Advanced Non-Commissioned Officer Course, Bradley Master
Gunner Course (Honor Graduate), Range Operations Course, Level II Range
Safety Course, and the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy.  A 1986 graduate of Brookhaven High School, Summers earned a football scholarship to play for the Choctaws of Mississippi College in Clinton. He was a member of the 1989 Division II National Champion Football Team and graduated in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education with a minor in
Criminal Justice.

CSM Summers’ awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with 1
bronze oak leaf, Meritorious Service Medal with 1 bronze oak leaf, Army
Commendation Medal with a 4 bronze oak leaf cluster, Army Good Conduct
Medal with 3 knot device, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal,
National Defense Service Medal with 1 Bronze Star, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with 1 campaign star, Global War on TerrorismmService Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with silver hourglass and mobilization device, NCO Professional Development Ribbon with numeral 5, Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Service Ribbon with numeral 3, Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon, NATO Medal, Mississippi Magnolia Medal with a 2 bronze oak leaf cluster, Mississippi Medal of Efficiency, Mississippi War Medal with 1 bronze star, Mississippi Emergency Service Medal, Mississippi Longevity Medal with a 4 bronze oak leaf cluster, Navy Unit Commendation, Army Meritorious Unit Commendation, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Master Gunner Badge, and the Order of St. Maurice.

He is preceded in death by his parents.Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 23 years, Amy Summers; children, Alex Jordan Nations, Amy Josephine Summers, and Annabelle Leigh Summers; and his sister, Stephanie Hargett.