James A. Cummins, 51, of Waverly, died Monday (July 30, 2012) at St. John's Hospice in Springfield.
James was born December 21, 1960, in Jacksonville, the son of J. Floyd and Mildred H. Cummins of Roodhouse. He married the former Marlene K. Heckler on January 27, 2000.
Jim graduated from North Greene High School in White Hall in 1979. He received a degree in Plant and Soil Science from Western Illinois University in Macomb in 1985 and maintained his certification as a Professional Geologist through the state of Tennessee. He owned and operated Cummins Earth Services in Waverly for a number of years. He was a member of the former Richwoods Baptist Church and attended Waverly First Baptist Church with his family.
Jim had a long held affection for Harley-Davidson motorcycles and the freedom they provided. He was an avid hunter and loved the outdoors whether for work or relaxation, that was his element. While his children were born later in his life, they were his focus and joy.
Jim is survived by his wife, Marlene; mother, Mildred Cummins of Roodhouse, IL.; a daughter, Katy Cummins, 11, a son, Jimmy Cummins, 10, and stepson Chris LaBonte all of Waverly; and a sister, Cindy Cummins (husband, John Clark) of Glencoe, IL.
Mr. Cummins was preceded in death by his father.