MIDKIFF, W.Va. James William Cummings, 65, of Midkiff, went to be with the Lord, Tuesday, March 20, 2012, after a long illness. Jim was the husband of the Karen Cummings. He was a loving and devoted father, grandfather, friend and colleague. Jim and Karen were blessed with 44 years of a loving marriage.
His faith in God sustained him through and provided peace beyond understanding through a long journey with cancer. He was the General Manager at SuperValu where he worked for 34 years. He was a member and served many roles at Mt. Moriah United Baptist Church for 32 years. Jim was on the Board of Directors of the Huntington Area Food Bank and the Board of Directors for the West Virginia Truckers Association (WVTA).
He was preceded in death by his father and mother, James F. Cummings and Avanelle Cummings; brother, Robert, and father and mother-in-law, George and Dorothy Mae Staten.
He is survived by his children: two daughters, Gina (Greg) Pertee and Angie (Doug) Urling of Midkiff. He is also survived by four grandsons: Tyler and Hunter Pertee and George and Will Urling; his sisters: Patricia Pullen of Barboursville, Kathryn Adkins of Midkiff, Pam (Greg) Shumate of Ranger, and Cleta (Todd) Harless of St. Albans; brothers and sister-in-law, Georgy Staten, Gary Staten and Gail (Steve) Hendrick, all of Huntington; 10 nieces and nephews; six great-nieces and nephews; one uncle, Billy Jack Cummings of Chardon, Ohio, and two aunts, Joyce Cummings Miller of Mallory and Emma Browning Mitchell of Verner.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Charles Turner of HIMG, Dr. Arvinder Bir of HIMG, HIMG Oncology, and Hospice of Huntington for their loving care of Jim. We appreciate you very much.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 24, at the Handley Funeral Home at Hamlin. Burial will be at the Baylous Cemetery in Salt Rock.
Family and friends may visit from 6-9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of Jim Cummings to either Mt. Moriah United Baptist Church, c/o Debbie Pennington, 28 Lexington Avenue, Branchland, WV, 25506, or Huntington Area Food Bank, 1327 7th Ave. Huntington, WV 25701.
Jim leaves behind a legacy of leadership, community involvement, strong family and lasting faith in God. He is rejoicing in Heaven with his loved ones and his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 2 Timothy 4:7-8 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: henceforth, there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
Handley Funeral Home of Hamlin is in charge of the arrangements.