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Husband: William Joseph Cummings

Father: Benjamin Cummings
Mother: Mary Ann Shaw
Other Spouses: Ella Wood

Wife: Ethel Mae Casey

Father: John W. Casey
Mother: Sarah Knox


CHILDREN

1 Name: Macajah B. Cummings
M


2 Name: William Lloyd Cummings
M
Married:
in:
Spouse: Myrtle Cannon


3 Name: Mary Bessie Cummings
F
Married: 1922 in: Coosa County Alabama at Corinth Baptist Church
Spouse: James Denson Conway


4 Name: Annie Cummings
F


5 Name: John Conger Cummings
M
Married: July 10 in:
Spouse: Evelyn Willis


6 Name: Mary Lou Cummings
F
Married: December 24, 1929 in: Coosa County Al.
Spouse: Milton Lee Stevens


7 Name: William Joseph Cummings
M
Married:
in:
Spouse: Fannie Lee Lecroy


8 Name: John Casey Cummings
M
Married:
in: Chilton County
Spouse: Bernice Jones


9 Name: Ruth Naomi Cummings
F
Married:
in:
Spouse: Edmond Zane Lowery


10 Name: Florence Dee Cummings
F
Married:
in:
Spouse: James Woodrow Veazey


11 Name: Lona Ethel Cummings
F
Married:
in:
Spouse: Hawley Phillips


12 Name: Quilla M Cummings
F
Married:
in:
Spouse: Homer Parsons


13 Name: Quinton Rosevelt Cummings
M
Married: 1953 in:
Spouse: Dorthy Alenander
Married: 1970 in:
Spouse: Jean Mullins


14 Name: Robert Ingram Cummings
M
Married: November 24, 1956 in: home of Charles Haggard
Spouse: Annie Nell Smith


15 Name: Howard Judson Cummings
M
Married: February 04, 1950 in: Chilton County
Spouse: Mable Smith



Husband: William Joseph Cummings

Born: October 10, 1872
in: Coosa County Alabama
Died: March 23, 1932
in: Chilton County Alabama ( Mulberry Baptist Church Isabella alabama}
Relationship with Father: Benjamin Cummings - Natural
Relationship with Mother: Mary Ann Shaw - Natural

Occupation:

Farmer

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Medical
Cause of death: heart attack


Notes
William Joseph Cummings was born to Benjamin Cummings and Mary Ann(Dee) Shaw October 10, 1872. According to his obituary he gave his life to the Lord when he was fifteen years old. William Cummings joined Concord Baptist Church in Coosa County Alabama. Everyone that I have talked to about my grandfather that knew him are about him would first tell me how much he loved and served the Lord. Grandpa (Thatís what I would have called him} first married Ella Wood of Coosa on December 22, 1898. Together they had two children, William Vernon, and Carrie Mae. Ella Cummings died on Nov 2, 1901 and buried at Concord Baptist Church in Coosa County. "Grandpa , Known by Willy by his friends then married Ethel Mae Casey of Coosa County. Older relatives say that Grandma (Ethel Mae Casey) was Ella best friend. Ethel Mae Casey was born February 19, 1886 in Coosa County Al. Her parents John Casey and Sarah Knox Casey did not approve of Ethel marring William. Grandma was only 16 years old and grandpa already had two children and was a poor man. On one hot August night grandpa put a ladder up to grandma bedroom window she climbed out and they went to Montgomery Alabama and where married August 29, 1902. Her parents disowned her for a long time. The 1910 census records showed the following in the living in the home: William age 36, Ethel age 24. Vernon son age 10, Cage son age 6, Lloyd age 5, Bessie daughter age 3, Conger son, age 1 year two months. Carrie was not in the home at this time she may have been with her mother Ella parents. The 1920 census showed the following" William 42, Ethel 34, Vernon 20, Carrie 18, Mckage 16,Lloyd 15, Bessie 13,Conger 10, Mary 8, W.J. 6,Casey 5, Ruth 4, Dee 2, Lona 2 months. The ages on William birth from census. The 1910 his age are 36 and ten years later on the 1920 census itís stated his age as 42. His obituary stated he was born in 1872. On the census of 1880 he is reported to be 7 years old. His birth I believed to be 1872 or 1873. The 1930 census is not available at this time. Grandpa and Grandma had five more children. Annie was born and died sometime between 1910 and 1920. Its been told she died of hooping-cough. Annie is buried at Popular Spring Baptist Church. Grandma had a set of twins born July 31, 1922, Quinton Roosevelt Cummings and Quilla McKinnon Cummings. My daddy Robert Ingram Cummings was born February 8, 1924. Then at last but not the least the baby Howard Judson Cummings was born April 18,1926. The family moved to where there was work. They are known to have lived in Coosa, Clay ,Tallapoosa and Chilton Counties. Bessie and Vernon were the first to move to Chilton County. They moved to the Mulberry Community sometime in the 1920s. William and Ethel Cummings moved here in 1930 or 31.When the family moved Bessie, Vernon, Lloyd, Mary and Carrie were already married. Conger, W.J. Casey,Dee,Ruth, Lona, Quinton, Quilla, Robert and Judson moved here with there parents. Mary moved to Chilton County with her husband and daughter a short time later, and moved back to Tallapoosa County in Hackneyville. On March 23th 1932 my grandfather died. He only lived in Chilton County less than two years.He left Grandma with ten children at home. Grandma was a strong woman with some great kids and many great friends and a love for Lord that helped her through the rough times. Grandma was known for her love for the Lord and her love for her family. She was also known for being a great cook and a wonder with flowers. I only remember her in a wheel chair. She broke her hip in a fall on the steps at Mulberry Church. Grandma lived with her son Robert ,my dad. When ever a holiday came around are Grandma birthday we would have a house full of people. It was wonderful. I only knew grandma for a short time,she died December 6,1966 at the age 80. I was only 8 years old. I wish I had asked her more question and listen to her more closely when she told old stories about the family. I wish we all could take time to listen to each other and be thankful for having come from a great family.


Marriage Information
Wife: Ethel Mae Casey
Married: August 29, 1902
Beginning status: Married
in: Montgomery Alabama


Marriage Notes


Wife: Ethel Mae Casey

Born: February 19, 1886
in: Coosa County Alabama
Died: December 06, 1966
in: Chilton County Alabama {Mulberry Baptist Church Isabella Alabama}
Relationship with Father: John W. Casey - Natural
Relationship with Mother: Sarah Knox - Natural


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Child: Macajah B. Cummings

Born: July 11, 1903
in: Coosa County Al
Died: November 06, 1926
in: Clay County Alabama
Relationship with Father: William Joseph Cummings - Natural
Relationship with Mother: Ethel Mae Casey - Natural

Burial:

Rockspring Baptist Church { Clay County Ala

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Micajah Benjamin Cummings was the third born to William Joseph Cummings and the first born to Ethel Mae Casey Cummings. Cage or M.B. known by his family was born in Coosa County July 11, 1903. He was named after his great grand father Micajah B. Casey. Uncle Cage lost a leg due to infection, because of this he couldn't do farm work like his brothers. He worked as a store manger in a small country store in Millersville, Clay County Alabama. He died of cancer in 1926. Cage loved the Lord and showed it. He preached two sermons at Rock Springs Baptist in Clay County before he died. His brother Conger sit up with him at he hospital the last week of his life. Uncle Cage picture hung in our home for many years. My daddy Robert Cummings didn't remember his brother, but he remember the stories his mother and older brother and sisters would tell about him. Cage was a kind and caring man and he loved the Lord and served Him. Micajah Benjamin Cummings is buried at Rock Springs Baptist Church in Clay County Alabama. by: JoAnn C. Burdett


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Child: William Lloyd Cummings

Born: October 07, 1904
in: Coosa County Al
Died: June 18, 1971
Relationship with Father: William Joseph Cummings - Natural
Relationship with Mother: Ethel Mae Casey - Natural


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William Lloyd Cummings William Lloyd Cummings was born in Coosa County Alabama October 07 1904. He was the fourth child of William Joseph Cummings and the third of Ethel Casey Cummings. William Lloyd was know my his family my Lloyd and later known my friends as Bill. He met his wife Myrtle Cannon in Coosa County, Alabama. Uncle Lloyd had several jobs in his life, all, which he was good at. Whatever he done he done it well. He worked in a mill yard at one time. While there he hurt his knee and had to have surgery. Uncle Lloyd moved near his only child Margaret, in Schenectady, New York. In Schenectady he found a job as a chief in a hospital. He became a great chief, and Aunt Myrtle also worked in the hospital. Uncle Lloyd and Aunt Myrtle (Jimmy call my her friends in New York and Virginia) live in Schenectady until they retired. After retirement they again moved near their daughter, which then lived in Charlottesville Virginia. After Uncle Lloyd death on June 18,1971 Aunt Myrtle sold her home and moved in with her daughter and son-in-law Max and Margaret (Polly) Berman she lived with them until her death . Max and Margaret Berman had five children William Joseph, Jerry Michael, Elizabeth Ann, David James, Rebecca Lynn. by: Jo Ann Burdett


Marriage Information
Wife: Myrtle Cannon
Beginning status: Married


Marriage Notes


Child: Mary Bessie Cummings

Born: March 07, 1906
in: Coosa County Al
Died: December 17, 1983
in: Chilton County Alabama ( Mulberry Baptist Church Isabella ala
Relationship with Father: William Joseph Cummings - Natural
Relationship with Mother: Ethel Mae Casey - Natural


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Notes


Marriage Information
Husband: James Denson Conway
Married: 1922
Beginning status: Married
in: Coosa County Alabama at Corinth Baptist Church


Marriage Notes


Child: Annie Cummings

Born: 1907
Relationship with Father: William Joseph Cummings - Natural
Relationship with Mother: Ethel Mae Casey - Natural


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Annie Cummings Annie Cummings born and died sometime between 1910 and 1920. Its been told that she died of hooping-cough. Annie is buried at Popular Spring Baptist Church in Coosa County, Alabama. Aunt Bessie called her little Annie. This is all the information I have on Annie. By: Jo Ann Burdett (information from cousin)


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Child: John Conger Cummings

Born: February 13, 1909
in: Coosa County Al
Died: January 24, 1979
in: Chilton County Alabama ( Mulberry Baptist Church Isabella ala
Relationship with Father: William Joseph Cummings - Natural
Relationship with Mother: Ethel Mae Casey - Natural


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Medical
Cause of death: heart attack


Notes
John Conger Cummings, Sr. Feb. 13,1909-Jan.24,1979 Gentle, wise, ingenious -these are the words most often used to describe him by those who knew Big Daddy. His opinions were valued and sought after. Always self-controlled, even in tense times, he radiated optimism and confidence. he was naturally swift with mathematics despite the fact that he only had the equivalent of a high school education. Without a doubt, he was the proudest "Big Daddy" around. His strong muscular erect carriage, penetration gaze, and strong sense of self made a strong impression on all who met him. Yet he was a fiercely caring person and no sacrifice was too great for him to make for family or friend. The dreams and hops of the family centered on Big Daddy, and he proved worthy of our confidence. even in his youth, he was disarmingly self-assured and protective: no man under the canopy of heaven could have loved his family more. He lived a good life, a rich life. Every inch a man and a gentleman, he was handsome to us, well-dressed - even in his favorite overalls - and so thoughtful: he knew exactly how to put things. He appreciated a good joke and enjoyed keeping up with sports. He loved people, action, and good time, and when he stepped into a room, it was obvious to all. Most evening, as the sun went down, he could be seen sitting on his front porch in his swing chair, smoking a cigarette and giving passing neighbors a brief "How do you do," throwing his big strong arm up at them. What a powerful man he was! his incredible physical strength, which lasted until his death at nearly 70 years of age, made an indelible impression on all who knew him. At different times throughout his life, he was a blacksmith- shoeing horses and mulesí a craftsman- making his own axe and hoe handles and troughs for animals; a carpenter; a construction worker for the Alabama Power Company: a prison guard; a farmer; and finally a road work foreman in Chilton County for fifteen years and approximately twelve years for the Alabama State Highway Department. however, Big Daddyís first love remained farming. he was profoundly rooted to the earth, was happiest when working with his hands, and often seemed in closer harmony with the thing of nature. Big Daddy radiated enthusiasm. He was most inspiring teacher I ever had. He made everything he touched interesting! There was about him an aliveness, a zeal, that was infectious. He gave his job his full potential. He threw everything into it, bringing all his faculties into play. he cast out pessimism and gloom and cultivated an optimistic attitude. Big Mama (Evelyn Willis) was the love of his life. They met at a ball game at Isabella High School and were married on July 10, 1933. It was not, I think any particular talent that attracted Mother to him. I think I can say in all sincerity that it was his basic goodness. Big Mama loved him for his gentleness, his candor, his truthfulness, his good repute, and his calm and reasonable kindness. Mother and Big Daddy gave and received, shared and shared alike,compromised when compromise was needed, and especially respected one another. The only thing they ever desired from each other was their love, and this love they shared for over forty-five years. by: John C. Cummings, Jr. 2002


Marriage Information
Wife: Evelyn Willis
Married: July 10
Beginning status: Married


Marriage Notes


Child: Mary Lou Cummings

Born: June 01, 1911
in: Coosa County Al
Died: December 31, 1997
Relationship with Father: William Joseph Cummings - Natural
Relationship with Mother: Ethel Mae Casey - Natural

Burial:

Hillview Memorial Park Alexander City, Alabama

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Marriage Information
Husband: Milton Lee Stevens
Married: December 24, 1929
Beginning status: Married
in: Coosa County Al.


Marriage Notes


Child: William Joseph Cummings

Born: May 16, 1913
in: Coosa County Al
Died: November 24, 1970
in: Chilton County Alabama ( Mulberry Baptist Church Isabella ala
Relationship with Father: William Joseph Cummings - Natural
Relationship with Mother: Ethel Mae Casey - Natural


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W. J. CUMMINGSíS LIFE AS I KNEW IT My dad was born May 16, 1913 in Clay County, Alabama. The Cummingsí home burned there when my dad was about 8 years old. I remember he said he came home from school to find the house totally destroyed. They lived on Hatchet Creek. They moved to Chilton County shortly after that where my dad met Fannie Lee LeCroy. They were married and lived in a house owned by my grandfather T. L. LeCroy. The house was located on the hill overlooking Mulberry Church. This is the house where I was born February 1, 1940. My dad joined the Conservation Corps during the Great Depression in the mid-thirties. He saw a need for a barber in the camp and began cutting hair. Dad bought about 35 acres of land from Quinton located Ĺ miles south of Isabella High School. We moved there about 1946. He continued to farm and barber part time. He started working in Maplesville in the late thirties in a barbershop owned by Stanley Hayes. When Casey started barbering in Maplesville dad open him a shop across the street in the corner of a drug store owned by Hershel Shanks. My brother Richard was born November 2, 1951 in the Clanton Hospital. I was real jealous because I had always been the only child. He was a real joy and I was proud to have a baby brother. Dad was a people person and was very friendly with everyone especially his customers. He always wore a white shirt and tie to work. He joined the Masonic Hall. He never had a cash register and kept all his money in his pockets. Sometimes as a kid I was unable to see how he kept his pants up with so much change in his pockets. He was always very pleasant and would tell the same jokes over and over. When he told a story you should never ask him a question. He was just waiting to really zing you with an answer you were not expecting. Dad got rheumatoid arthritis when he was only 54 years old and was forced to give up barbering. This broke his heart because barbering had been his whole life. He tried so hard to find a way to live with this dreaded medical problem. The pain he had was unbearable and he did everything known to man to get relief. He told me that he hurt all the time even when he was asleep. A doctor in Clanton started giving him gold shots. I always felt he was allergic to the gold shots because he had black spots all over his body. He died at the young age of 57 in November 1970 and was buried in Mulberry Cemetery. God is merciful and I was so proud his pain had finally ended. I think that was the day I became a real man. Boys have to grow up in a hurry when they lose their dad. My mother died March 1994 and was also buried in Mulberry Cemetery. She taught school at Isabella High School for about 42 years. She was a member of the Eastern Star. by;; Hubert Cummings\\2002


Marriage Information
Wife: Fannie Lee Lecroy
Beginning status: Married


Marriage Notes


Child: John Casey Cummings

Born: November 17, 1914
in: Coosa County Al
Died: March 30, 1991
in: Chilton County Alabama ( Mulberry Baptist Church Isabella ala
Relationship with Father: William Joseph Cummings - Natural
Relationship with Mother: Ethel Mae Casey - Natural


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Cause of death: cancer


Notes
Casey Cummings Casey Cummings was born in either Coosa or Clay County (I do not know which) on November 17,1914 and died at UAB Hospital on March 30, 1991. He attended school at Bibb Graves School in Millersville, Al in Clay County through the 9th grade. He moved to Chilton County with his family around 1930. He left school at an early age because he had to go to work, on the farm. He married Margaret Berniece Jones on Dec. 11, 1941. They were married by Bro. Charlie Haggard. They both lived in the Isabella Community all of their adult life. Daughter Charlene was born on Sept. 22, 1942, her motherís birthday. Son David was born on May 15, 1946. Casey and Bernice have 2 grandchildren, Andrea and Patrick and 1 great grandson, Caleb. Casey was drafted in to the US Army around 1942 and served approximately one year. His time in the Army was served in the State of Louisiana as an MP. He honorably discharged after this time to farm. After marring had serving in the Army he lived and farmed on the Old Edwardís Place which was between Uncle W.J.ís and Uncle Denson and Aunt Bessieís farm. In 1947 he purchased the Old Wright Place which was just North of Uncle W.J.ís farm. He grew cotton, corn, and some truck crops and raised some cows and hogs. He farmed with 2 mules. He raised his family on this place. He loved farming and was successful at it. In 1972 he quit farming and sold his farm and built a new house on Bernieceís family place down on Highway 22. While farming in the early 50ís he begin to cut hair with Mr. Stanley Hayes and Uncle W.J. at Hayes Barbershop in Maplesville. He mainly barbered on Fridays and Saturdays and farmed and worked other jobs in between. After Mr. Hayes and Uncle W.J. passed away he took over the barbershop and ran it until his death in 1991. He also cut hair at home at nights or anytime anyone needed a haircut. He and his family attended Mulberry Baptist Church where they were members. He served in various positions in the church including treasurer, Sunday school teacher, and deacon. What can be best remembered about him was that he loved the Lord and he loved his family and was always even right up to his death, concerned about the welfare of his family. He was a big, strong and honest man who worked hard to provide for his family. He was by no means a rich man. but he always provided his family with everything they needed. He was a people person and always a loved talking to people. His barbershop was not only a place to help earn a living, but a place he had to enjoy talking to others. Casey was a daddy and granddaddy we loved very much and still miss very much. He is still with us each day as we carry him in our hearts. We are proud and honored to have had a father like him. The family of Casey Cummings by: David Cummings


Marriage Information
Wife: Bernice Jones
Beginning status: Married
in: Chilton County


Marriage Notes


Child: Ruth Naomi Cummings

Born: January 13, 1916
Died: December 20, 1976
Relationship with Father: William Joseph Cummings - Natural
Relationship with Mother: Ethel Mae Casey - Natural

Burial:

Libery Hill Baptist Church

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Cause of death: carcer


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Ruth and Zane had no Children.


Marriage Information
Husband: Edmond Zane Lowery
Beginning status: Married


Marriage Notes


Child: Florence Dee Cummings

Born: November 07, 1917
in: Coosa County Al
Died: December 05, 1986
in: Chilton County Alabama {Mulbery Baptist Church ,Isabella Alabama
Relationship with Father: William Joseph Cummings - Natural
Relationship with Mother: Ethel Mae Casey - Natural


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Dee and James met each other in 1930 when she was 13 and he was 15. Dee said she loved him from the day she met him. they married April, 1936. They both went to school at Isabella. They built a store about 1948 or 49. When folks in Isabella bought their first TV's James and Dee bought a TV and put it in the store. Annette remembers watching the I Love Lucy show on Monday nights and Wednesday Night Boxing. Its was the mid-fifties before they had a TV in there home. Dee was primary responsible for the store. James farmed and raise cows on top of his job in Clanton. Both were very active in Church. Dee love to grow flowers as well.


Marriage Information
Husband: James Woodrow Veazey
Beginning status: Married


Marriage Notes


Child: Lona Ethel Cummings

Born: November 16, 1919
Died: May 1987
in: Radford, Virginia
Relationship with Father: William Joseph Cummings - Natural
Relationship with Mother: Ethel Mae Casey - Natural


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Ethel Lonna Cummings Phillips was born in 1920 in Coosa County near Goodwater, Alabama. Ethel was baptized in 1932 at Mulberry Baptist Church. She attended Isabella high School. She then entered into the Service, the United States Navy (Waves) in August, 1942.Stational at Camp Rucker Ala. She visited 48 states during nine months of training, received her formal Nurse;s training at Bryce hospital, Tuscaloosa, Ala. Ethel Lonna married Hawley Woodson Phillips the 20th day of December 3:oo P.M. 1944 in Charleton Hotel, 300 guest attending.


Marriage Information
Husband: Hawley Phillips
Beginning status: Married


Marriage Notes


Child: Quilla M Cummings

Born: July 31, 1922
Relationship with Father: William Joseph Cummings - Natural
Relationship with Mother: Ethel Mae Casey - Natural


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Husband: Homer Parsons
Beginning status: Married


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Child: Quinton Rosevelt Cummings

Born: July 31, 1922
Relationship with Father: William Joseph Cummings - Natural
Relationship with Mother: Ethel Mae Casey - Natural


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Quinton Rosevelt Cummings Quinton Rosevelt Cummings was born in Coosa County, Alabama on July 31,1922. When he was six months the family moved to Clay County, Alabama. When he was around eight years old the family moved to Chilton County Alabama. He finished school at Isabella High School in 1943. Soon after high school he was appointed supervisor at the Farmers Home Administration and he worked there for two years. During this same time he and his brothers, Robert and Judson, were running a farming operation. He also taught Veteranís Agriculture for five years in the 1940ís. On the early 1950ís he and his brother Robert started the dairy farm. He ran this business for around fifty years. He and Robert were high school basketball and football referees for about ten years in the 1950ís. (During this same time he also managed to find time to coon hunt several nights a week.) At around 1955 he was appointed supervisor for the Chilton County Soil Conservation. He still holds that position today. In the late 1970ís and early 1980ís he served eight years on the Chilton County Commissioners Board. During this time he also served on the Hospital Board, Farm Service Agency, Program on Aging Board and was a member of the Lions Club. In the mid 1990ís he was named Chilton County Farmer of the year. Currently he is Director of the Emergency Assistance Center in Chilton County. He still has a herd of beef cows and stills plants a patch of watermelons every year. He will be 80 years old this years. by: Lance Cummings\\\ 2002


Marriage Information
Wife: Jean Mullins
Married: 1970
Beginning status: Married


Marriage Notes


Child: Robert Ingram Cummings

Born: February 08, 1924
in: Clay County Alabama
Died: March 29, 1982
in: Chilton County Alabama ( Mulberry Baptist Church Isabella ala
Relationship with Father: William Joseph Cummings - Natural
Relationship with Mother: Ethel Mae Casey - Natural


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Height: 6 ft. 2 in.
Weight: 175 lb. 0 oz.
Cause of death: heart attack


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Robert I. Cummings was born Feb.8, 1924 in Millersville, Clay County Alabama. He was the 16th child of William J. Cummings and the 14th of Ethel C. Cummings. He moved to Chilton county with his parents in 1930 or 31. Robert had blue eyes and red hair and he grew to be 6í2". Robert attended Isabella High School until he was drafted into the marines during world war two. He was stationed at Pearl Harbor and Guam at one time. After his tour of duty he can back to Isabella to graduate. With his brothers Quinton and Judson they farm together and bought land together around Isabella community. Robert married Annie Nell Smith on November 24, 1956 at the home of Charlie Hagger. Robert was the last to marry in his family. Robert and Nell had three children Jo Ann, Laura and Warren. In 1966 Robert sold his share of the dairy farm to Quinton and bought land a few miles away on hi-way 191.We lived near Isabella until 1973. Daddy sold that land and bought land in he the Shiloh community, about 12 miles away we lived there until 1977. I guess daddy was home sick he bought a house and land from Uncle Judson and we moved back to Isabella. Uncle Judson told me that daddy said the first night back there was the best night sleep he had in years, he felt like he was back home again. Daddy love farming. He worked hard and enjoyed every minute of it. He once grew the state record watermelon weighing 123 pounds. He also loved killing hogs and smoking the meat. I believe he loved sharing his fruits of the land with anyone that would take it home with them. Not many people would leave our house with out something if we had it to give. You can say that about all of his brothers and sisters also they all love to share what they had with each other. . My Daddy could do anything he set his mine to do. He was strong, smart and there wasn't a day that went by that he didn't share something he had with someone. Daddy taught us kids how to work hard and be thankful for what we had. Daddy also love the Lord, it wasnít a day went by that he didnít talk about the Lord. He even preached a sermon every once in a while to us. My Daddy was the best dad any one could ever have. He died with a heart attack while in the hospital March 23,1982. by: Joann Cummings Burdett / 2002 / Checkerís At The Store: The store set across from Isabella High School in the middle of Isabella Community. The owners Uncle James and Aunt Dee Veazey lived next door. The "Store" was more than a place to stop and get a few groceries, it was a gathering place for the men in the community. I remember going with my father (Robert Cummings) many times as a small girl. If daddy had it he would gives us kids a quarter. With that money we might get a coke for a dime and a sugar daddy for a nickel. The sucker would last for a long time. We would save the rest of the quarter for later. If there where any other men there you might as well pull up a chair and sit a spell because there was about to be a checker game started. Something there would be two-checker board set up and two games going at once. The men took their checker playing seriously. I bet in those days we had the best checker players in the whole United States. While playing checkersí there was a whole lot of world problem solving, politicking and of course if the world didnít have a problem that day there was always basketball and football to talk about. If they thought any of us kids were listening we would have to here about the good ole days when they played ball. We listen for a while then we would get up and go spend the rest of that quarter. This time it might be a hand full of penny candy or bubble gum and some fireballs, we might even get a box of cracker jacks. Daddy really enjoyed checkers. It was more than 12 black pieces and 12 red pieces and a checkerboard. Checkers was a time to get down to business. When Daddy and Uncle Judson played it was a great skill. The first move was just as important as the last. If you ever watch them play you could see the little wheels working in their heads. Plotting and ragging each other through the next move. Any body else that might think they had a chance where dome. You didnít win against either one of them unless they where sitting you up for the big win. They really enjoyed those games of checkers. After a few games Uncle Judson are Daddy might get up and do a tap dance each would take their turn, then maybe sing a few notes of a hymn. Those checker games were a time of fun and just being with each other and being a family. We all need to be more of a family these days. We all need to just sit down to a game of checkers. By/ jo ann c. burdett 2002


Marriage Information
Wife: Annie Nell Smith
Married: November 24, 1956
Beginning status: Married
in: home of Charles Haggard


Marriage Notes


Child: Howard Judson Cummings

Born: April 18, 1926
in: Coosa County Al
Died: March 29, 1991
in: Chilton County Alabama ( Mulberry Baptist Church Isabella ala
Relationship with Father: William Joseph Cummings - Natural
Relationship with Mother: Ethel Mae Casey - Natural


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Medical
Cause of death: heart attack


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Marriage Information
Wife: Mable Smith
Married: February 04, 1950
Beginning status: Married
in: Chilton County


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