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Family relies on faith as victim in Haywood wagon train crash is laid to rest

Boney Summey, one of the victims in a September wagon train crash in Haywood County, was laid to rest Friday afternoon. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

One of the victims in a wagon train crash in Haywood County was laid to rest Friday afternoon. Boney Summey passed away Sunday. He suffered critical brain injuries after the accident in September. He was 54.

The services for Boney reflected how much he meant to his family and community.

To his family, including Teresa, his wife of 37 years, he was the foundation.

“I'm mad, and I'm trying not to be,” she said, working to find strength in God. "If I didn't have God, I couldn't do this.”

Family and friends, who gathered in the chapel at Wells Funeral Home in Canton, listened to a service filled with words of peace and forgiveness.

“I want to thank everybody ... all of our horse buddies, wagon train. And the fire department, everybody in town and even out of town,” Teresa said.

“He was a good friend. We done a lot together. And rode a lot of wagons together,” fellow wagon train member Howell Price said.

“Hate to see a brother go on ... but better place,” North Canton assistant fire chief Kenneth Paxton said.

Boney was a volunteer for many years.

There is sadness burying a loved one. But the Summey family also celebrates his full life, including three daughters and grandchildren.

Teresa said it will be a long haul coming to terms with her husband’s death, but she and the whole family have faith Boney is in Heaven resting peacefully.

“God will get me through it,” Teresa said.

Boney received full firefighter honors from local and surrounding departments and was laid to rest at Crawford-Ray Memorial Gardens.

Boney will be missed. But his family knows he’ll live on through them. And they said he’ll be that solid piece of steel in Heaven they’ll still be able to rely on.

The investigation into the crash that killed Boney Summey and Jason Messer continues. So far, no charges have been filed.

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