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Wallace Lee Cummings, Sr.
January 24, 1938 ~ January 16, 2024 (age 85) 85 Years Old
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Wallace Lee Cummings, Sr., a beacon of unwavering faith and kindness, graced this world for 85 years with his presence. Born on January 24, 1938, in Henry County, Alabama, to his late parents Henry and Mattie Cummings, he grew into a man who embodied the virtues of love, generosity, and wisdom. Wallace's earthly journey came to a peaceful end on January 16, 2024, in Dothan, Alabama, leaving behind a legacy of love and the warmth of cherished memories.
Education was a cornerstone of Wallace's life, having been a diligent student in the Henry County and Dale County School Systems. He carried the value of learning throughout his life, and his wisdom was often shared through the biblical stories he loved to recount. His work ethic shone through in his enjoyable roles at Houston Academy Private School, Couch Construction, and Dothan Peanut Oil Mill. Wallace's dedication to his work was matched only by his commitment to his family and his faith.
A man of simple tastes and profound insights, Wallace was known for his love of the earth and the bounty it provides. He found solace in the quiet labor of tending to his vegetable garden, where tomatoes, squash, and okra grew under his careful hand. His favorite meals, salmon patties with black-eyed peas, and fried liver smothered in gravy with rice, were made all the sweeter with a glass of sweet tea by his side.
The Cummings family tree flourished under Wallace's nurturing care. He was a loving and devoted husband to his late wife: Daisy Mae Hollis Cummings, and together they shared a life full of joy and devotion. The branches of their family extended wide, with Wallace Sr. being the proud patriarch to a lineage that includes his four daughters: Blondell Cummings, Felicia Cummings, Kathy Cummings, and Tarshá McIntire all of Dothan, Alabama, and his eight sons: Wallace Lee Cummings, Jr., LeRoy (Diane) Shelley, Elvis L. Cummings, Wendell (Anita) Cummings, Norman L. Cummings, Walter L. Cummings, Sr., Omer Derrell Cummings all of Dothan, Alabama and Pauluscious James (Shareé) Cummings of Detroit, Michigan. His spirit will live on through his thirty grandchildren and thirty-eight great-grandchildren, who will continue to walk in the light of his teachings.
Wallace's siblings were a testament to the strong family bonds he cherished. He is survived by six sisters: Aundry Mae Henderson, Josephine (Willie) Harris, Lena Mae Alford, Bernestine (Wade) Thomas all of Dothan, Alabama, Vera Cox, and Mattie Chambers of Columbus, Georgia, who shared in the joys and sorrows of life with him. Though he now joins his four brothers and four sisters in eternity, the stories and lessons he imparted will remain with his family forever.
To know Wallace was to understand the depth of his belief in God's work. He was a quiet man, but his convictions were strong and his heart was always open to those in need. His life was a testament to the power of faith-filled action, and his example taught that love and kindness are the greatest gifts one can share.
In the words of Helen Keller, "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart." Wallace Lee Cummings, Sr. lived by this philosophy, feeling and spreading love with every beat of his heart.
As we celebrate the life of Wallace Lee Cummings, Sr., let us carry forward the light he shone on all our paths. He was a man who not only believed in the good in the world but also acted upon it. He demonstrated that through faith, love, and kindness, we can make a meaningful impact on the lives around us. May we all be inspired to live as Wallace did, with purpose, generosity, and a heart full of grace.