James Richard Cummings 1926-2012

ASHLAND — James Richard Cummings, 85, of Ashland, formerly of Wellston, Ohio, went home to be with his Saviour on Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, in Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland.

Mr. Cummings was born Nov. 8, 1926, in Vinton County, Ohio, a son of the late George William and Cynthia Ponn Cummings. He was also preceded in death by a brother, George Edward Cummings, and a son-in-law, Wayne Schneider.

He was a member and lay minister of Community of Christ in Ironton, Ohio, and a World War II Navy veteran. He was a 1944 Vinton Rural High School graduate and was self-employed in several different industries.

Papa Jim enjoyed eating three breakfasts by 10 a.m. every day and his favorite meal was fried chicken. The biggest joys in his life were his family and his faith. Papa’s children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren have a legacy of love and faith because of him. Papa Jim left us with many family traditions including fried oysters and oyster stew on Christmas morning, summer trips to the beach and eating the turkey drumstick on Thanksgiving Day.

Papa loved to go hunting and fishing. He held the Spring Maiden Pier King Mackerel fishing record. He looked forward to a trip to Myrtle Beach every year. He loved the ocean. He loved Camp Bountiful in Jackson, Ohio, and was one of the founding men of the campgrounds.

His love of the Kentucky Wildcats basketball team was known to cause him to sneak out of church early to catch a game on TV and the radio. One of Papa’s favorite pastimes was to talk to everyone in his extended family by phone. He was the social center of our family and kept everyone in the loop. We will miss him, but we know he is watching over us in heaven.

He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Harriet Littlejohn Cummings; five children, James Richard (Kathy) Cummings II of Columbus, Ohio, Sue Schneider of Ashland, Connie (John) Humphrey of Ashland, Kay (Rick) Warner of Lexington and Douglas Edward (Crystal) Cummings of Ashland; 14 grandchildren, James Cummings III, Tara Cummings, Becky Schneider (Rob) Dern, Rachel Schneider, Katie (Mike) Barber, Kelly (Derrick) Clubb, Ricky Warner, Tommy Warner, Emilee Warner, Hannah Cummings, Abbie Cummings, Eli Cummings, Tanner Vanhoose and Chase Vanhoose; and three great-grandchildren, Amelia Kate Barber, Jack Edward Barber and Neely Jo Clubb.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 3, 2012, at Bailey Family Funeral Home in Flatwoods with Pastor Michael Whitehead officiating, assisted by Becky Schneider Dern and Tara Cummings. Burial will be in Bellefonte Memorial Gardens in Flatwoods.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today, March 2, 2012, and an hour before services Saturday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in his honor to Outreach International, 129 W. Lexington, Independence, MO 64050 or Community Hospice Care Center, 2330 Pollard Road, Ashland, KY 41101.

Military rites will be performed by the U.S. Navy Honor Guard and American Legion Post 93 of Kenova.

To send condolences or for webcasting of the funeral, visit BaileyFamilyFuneralHome.com.


#6 Iva Spence Leach 2012-03-06 02:59
I was so sorry to hear of Jim's death..I have alot of happy memories of him.Always had a big smile and kind word..My thoughts and prayers are for Harriet and family,,,Iva Spence Leach
#5 Deb ShookTriplett 2012-03-03 20:49
My heart aches for the loss of Uncle Jim.
He was such a jovial soul and always enjoyed his family so much. I will remember him fondly and extend my heartfelt sadness to my Aunt Harriett Teence, cousins and other family members. He smiles down upon us all from his heavenly home.
#4 Amy McIntosh Biber 2012-03-03 17:56
Mrs. Cummings, I am so sorry for the loss of sweet Mr. Cummings. You all have such a tender place in my heart! My chldren have enjoyed stories of yourself and Mr. Cummings over the years..my heart and thoughts are with you and yours. Much love, Amy
#3 Marlene Hoffman 2012-03-03 17:14
I am so sorry for the loss for your/our family. I am sorry I was not able to make it for the service. I did however just happen to see the obituary in the online version of the Jackson paper this morning. I accessed the funeral home website to offer my condolences and was able to watch the online streaming video of the service! It was a lovely service and I was so happy to hear all the family remembrances. I shed a tear and also smiled a lot hearing of James' exploits. I know you all will miss him but he will also be missed by his extended family of cousins. So happy we have had the opportunity to get together at Radekin/Cummings reunions the last few years. And hope to see you all there this year on August 4th.
#2 Chris Lang 2012-03-03 17:05
I am so sorry for your loss. Your dad was a special part of the Lang family growing up. Some of my best memories of life are growing up on Mt. Savage and having your families friendship and love.

Thinking about you all. My heart is sad today but my memories are full of love and happiness of my childhood/early adulthood having had been blessed to know your dad.

Love Chris and family.
#1 Joan & Dave Lang 2012-03-03 17:02
Jim was a very special neighbor and good friend. Our entire family loved him and will miss him very much. Sandy also loved Jim and his treats. His laughter was uplifting to everyone who came in contact with him. Our hearts go out to all of the family. Rest in peace in the Lord, Jim, our dear friend.

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