celebrated our 100-year anniversary on
TUESDAY, MAY 11th, 2010,
at our office at 415 Washington Street, the yellow building with the blue roof.
SUMMERVILLE INSURANCE AGENCY
"Security Is Our Specialty"
Summerville Insurance Agency (SIA) has been serving the Chillicothe
community and surrounding area since 1910, offering you a wide variety of
coverage and services in Missouri.
Jim's grandparents, J.F (Floyd) & Alta
Summerville, started the agency representing Farmers Mutual Insurance Company of Livingston County traveling through the county providing
insurance services to their clients on horse (Dock)and buggy. Floyd would
often spend the evening with his clients and while there would entertain
them with his violin. J.F. (Floyd) established Summerville Insurance Agency
in a log cabin on his father's farm. After Floyd moved his family to Chillicothe, his office was located on the second floor of
Floyd's son, Clifford moved from Kansas City back to
Chillicothe with his wife, Vivian and daughter, Sharon (Mrs. Jerry
Litton) and son, Jim in April 1947. Clifford, joined the insurance agency in 1947 in
their second floor office at 702 ½ Jackson St., Citizens National Bank building (now CBT) Cliff was appointed Secretary of Farmers Mutual and
continued the Summerville Agency until 1972 when his son James Clifford
joined the family-owned practice at 1211 N. Washington St. As independent
agents, they wrote for 23 different insurance companies, one of them being
American Family Insurance Company.
Jim continues the tradition of writing
insurance for many companies to insure that all clients are given the best coverage suited for their needs. In 1985, Denny Lightner joined Summerville Insurance Agency as a partner until 1990. Up until now, the
staff performed every task manually until the first system was purchased in
1985. The current location, since 1985 is at 415 Washington, the "yellow
building with the blue roof."
SIA is a full service, independent agency, writing auto, home, business,
commercial, contractors, condos, farm, health, life, manufacturing, renters,
surety bonds and SR22's. Insurance companies are Auto Owners, BCBS, Columbia Mutual, Cornerstone,
Dairyland, Billings Mutual Insurance, First Comp,
Haulers, Hartford, MJKelly, Progressive, Sagamore, RLI , United Security and
Jim Summerville has been a licensed agent for (38) years, as
CISR, and served as the Missouri Association of Professional Insurance Agents President in 1985-86. Jim was
Chillicothe Chamber person of the Year in 2002 and received the Paul Harris
Fellow award in 1998 and the 2007 Missouri State Vietnam Veteran Medal.
Jim's community involvement includes Rotary, Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce;
Chillicothe airport board member; Young Eagles pilot; EAA; Aircraft Owners
and Pilots Association ;Elder at the First Presbyterian Church; Jerry Litton
Memorial Foundation board member; Elks Club; National White Tails Federation; National Wild Turkey Federation; Quail Forever; Audobon Society;
International Order of Odd Fellows and University of Missouri Alumni. Jim
is also a VietNam veteran and member of the American Legion and Veterans of
from top left: Karen Kay, Mitzi, Sally, Denise, and Jim, 2012
Hugh Tudor of Dawn served as
SIA secretary and was
instrumental in getting Farmers Mutual started in 1891. Jas. A. Lewis served as president for Farmers Mutual for many years.
SIA has an office in Polo,
Missouri, as well, with Mitzi Brassea, licensed agent and office manager for 32 years. The Polo agency was established in June,
1977 and purchased auto business from Nevin Cox agency at Knoxville,
Missouri, where Mitzi was employed as resident agent. The first office was on Main
Street in the Bud Vaught real estate office. The current location, at 304
Main Street, offers all products and resources as the main office in Chillicothe,
Missouri. They handle multi peril crop, commercial lines as well as personal homeowners, auto,
including SR22 filings.
Denise Puckett joined SIA in April 2012, bringing with her experience in insurance and accounting. Denise recently received her Property and Casualty license. Now Denise, along with Jim, can handle all of your insurance needs including Life and Health. Denise and her family reside in Hamilton,
Sally Tomlinson joined SIA at our Polo,
Missouri, location on May 16, 2010, working alongside with Mitzi Brassea, an agent of 34 years. Sally, former owner of
Sally's Oasis, enjoys working with insurance and providing coverage to all clients.
SIA also has sub-contractors in surrounding communities in north
Missouri. They are Bob Stuart in Marceline, Missouri; Connie Turner in Linneus,
Missouri; and Ben Lange in Concordia, Missouri.
SIA is committed to building long-term relationships with you - our clients.
We are continuing a family tradition in the insurance business. Thank
you for helping us celebrate 100 years on Tuesday, May 11, 2010, at our office at 415 Washington Street, the yellow building with the blue roof.