Kendall Kelvin Cummings

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Surrounded by his loving family, Kendall Kelvin Cummings died on Sunday, March 9, 2014, at Providence Hospice Place in Waco, Texas. He was born on March 20, 1921 in Collin County, the eldest son of Zach Carter and Oma Calahan Cummings. In 1924 he moved with his family to Liberty in northern Floyd County. He attended schools at Roseland, Lone Star, and South Plains where he graduated from the tenth grade. He graduated from Lockney High School in 1938. He was employed in San Diego, CA, where he built airplanes before he decided that he would rather fly them. He joined the Civilian Pilot Training Program while attending Northern Oklahoma College in Tonkawa, OK, and enlisted in the Army Air Corps Reserve. He was proud to serve his country for three years, four months, and sixteen days as a liaison pilot stationed at several places in Oklahoma (Muskogee, Enid, Tonkawa, and Fort Sill), New Mexico, Arizona, Louisiana, and Texas. Accomplished at aerobatics, he flew solo cross country from Memphis, TN to San Diego, CA. After the war he continued to fly, earning both a commercial and an instructor’s license. He taught many local pilots while working at James Miller‘s Flying Service in Plainview. While stationed at Roswell, NM, he bought a large chain for towing tractors and carried it home on leave, saying “I always intended to come home and farm and that’s what I did.” As a young man he walked behind a team of horses; he eventually rode in the air-conditioned cab of a John Deere tractor. He married Dorthy Nell Wieland on July 22, 1947 at the First Baptist Church in Lockney. They moved to their farm in January 1948 and were members of South Plains Church. He was serving on the School Board when the school finally got indoor plumbing. He and Dorthy lovingly and generously cared for his parents and for his mother-in-law, Mary B. Wieland, in their final years. He retired from farming and moved to Floydada in 1991. Kendall loved his darling “Baby Dot,” his family, Caprock canyons, reading histories of the War Between the States and of the American West, baseball, ice cream, and “flying low” on a smooth road in a good car. Kendall is survived by his wife of almost 67 years, Dorthy “Dot” Cummings of Clifton; one son, Kelvin Kendall Cummings and wife, Jolene, of Brownfield, and two daughters: K Cummings Pipes and her husband, David, of Houston, and Zacha Gregory and her husband, Jack , of Clifton; four grandchildren who were his joy: Brittany Gregory of Plano, Josh Gregory and his wife, Amy, of China Spring, Kendall Cummings II and his wife, Crystal, of Glen Rose, and Victoria Davis and her husband, Phillip, of Lawrence, KS; three great grandchildren: Tilson and Tatum Gregory and Liberty Davis; one of his three sisters, Mona Geller of San Francisco; and two brothers: Sterling Cummings of South Plains and Zach W. Cummings of Glen Rose and their wives Gleynn Earle and Ravanell; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and neighbors. Kendall was laid to rest at Lockney Cemetery on Thursday, March 13. Memorial gifts may be given to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, the Wounded Warrior Project , or other good work.
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