Autobiography Duson to Divorce

When I got back to Louisiana my family were coming back from the Philippines. We met up at my maternal grandparents home called Kisinoaks on the Bayou. My grand parents were now living only in the small house in the back leaving what some would call the mansion in the front unoccupied.  Mom and Dad settled in and Dad (who had done legal work during many trips home) worked as a lawyer. They bought a house in Abbeville and I (who had broadcast experience of various kinds and who had taken mass communications in college) got my lifetime FCC radiotelephone license and got a job as a country music DJ. They bought a house with all the furnishings when the last survivor in Abbeville of a Smith family died one side note of all this was that we acquired a bunch of things monogrammed with an S which was lucky. We were across from a park as many of my parents homes had been and in the same neighborhood we had lived in before going to Tonga. We lived near my father’s parents too.

I had two young women I had dated in Steubenville come down and spend some time with me and had a romance with a girl from home. I had known my share of girlfriends but was starting to feel really a desire for more than I had known. These months left me very single again.  I went to work as a Director of Religious Education at St. Theresa Church in Duson , Louisiana where I lived in the rectory with Monsignor Ignatius A. Martin. I worked there only briefly before resuming my studies at USL in Lafayette.

My first semester there I met Michelle Denise Broussard the only person I have been legaly and/or sacramentaly married to and we began dating. We wed in December of 1987. I graduated in May of 1989 and was the Outstanding Graduate selection of my department and college as well as of the Alumni Association of the whole university. Michelle graduated the next semester in December. I enrolled at Tulane Law School the next fall — August 1989.  I left the school in early 1990. I worked in seafood brokering and sales (which I had done before)and my contributions won me the honor of recognition as Honorary Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana. I left this work to be fulltime theology teacher at Saint Thomas More Catholic High School in Lafayette where I taught for the 1990-1991 academic year. That year I was also certified as a Catechist at the basic level by the Diocese of Lafayette.

I won the Board of Regents Fellowship to study History and did so at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. My last year was the only time I have so far been enrolled at the same place and at the same time with one of my syblings, Sarah was at LSU. I had driven her as a student to STM High School when I taught there. I received my Master of Arts degree there in 1993 shortly after the death of my grandfather former Louisiana Chief Justice Frank W. Summers. While there I published an article in the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television.  My wife became the youngest branch manger in a major corporation with many branches and we lived well within our means. I went into food sales again and then did some legal assisting work of various kinds and returned to Tulane Law School in August of 1994. Michelle and I separated in January or so of 1995. I went to Micronesia to be with my family and shortly afterwards we divorced without contest on my part.

3 responses to “Autobiography Duson to Divorce

  1. Jennifer Wagner

    just found this by accident searching names from a brief family history written by my great grandmother Elva Summers. Seems that we are distantly related. My great grandfather was George Ewing Summers Jr, his father, George Ewing Summers Sr. had 7 brothers and sisters, one of which was Clay Summers, father of your grandfather, Frank W Summer. Very confusing, but I’m sure you get the picture. Anyway, I grew up in Abbeville and now live in St Louis. Nice finding family I didn’t know about!

    • franksummers3ba

      I have heard of your family and seen you charted somewhere long ago. So George Ewing Summers Jr. and Chief Justice Frank W. Summers were first cousins. Your grandfather or grandmother and my father Frank W. Summers II were second cousins. One of your parents and I are third cousins. That would make you and I third cousins once removed. I have no children of my own but my 12 (one is in utero) nieces and nephews are your fourth cousins (with no removes).

      It is not so complicated once you learn the basic system once. Before you learn it it is entirely confusing — like most things.

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