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(Major Retired) Edward H. Cummings, II, 92, of Elizabethtown, passed away Thursday, March 15, 2012, in Aiken, S.C.
Edward was born in Dedham, Mass., on July 25, 1919. He resided at his home at 510 N. Main St. in Elizabethtown for 46 years with his beloved wife, Wanda Catherine Cummings.
Major Cummings served our nation for 22 years; his Army service included 3rd Armored, 4th Armored, 13th Calvary, 86th Infantry Regiment attachment to the 10th mountain division in northern Italy during World War II, tank commander, instructor at Fort Knox Armor School and he served in the Korean Conflict. He was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. He was a dedicated professional soldier, patriotic in his allegiance to our nation. Maj. Cummings was a mentor to members of his family who followed his allegiance and dedication in defense of our nation serving in the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines and Air National Guard, a total of more than 200 years of service.
He was an avid outdoorsman, an accomplished marksman with the U.S. Army EUCOM Pistol Team. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the Kosair Shrine Temple. He was a member of College Heights United Methodist Church, the Retired Officers Association and Clan Cummings Association of North America.
Retirement allowed Edward to further enjoy his hobbies, wood working, gardening, following Green Bay Packers and University of Kentucky Wildcats basketball. He was a lifelong historian visiting Europe and Civil War battlegrounds; he maintained an extensive library of American history.
Major Cummings was preceded in death by his wife, Wanda Catherine Logsdon Cummings; his parents, Edward H. Cummings Sr. and Marie Hinds Cummings; a sister, Natalie; brothers, Winthrop, Elbridge and Clayton; and a son-in-law, Stanley Mercer Colvin.
Survivors include four children, Mary Stewart Colvin of Asheville, N.C., Wanda Cummings (James) Hughes of Houston, CSM (Ret) Edward H. (Fran) Cummings, III of North Augusta, S.C. and Alice Cummings (Eddie) Stefanini of Orange Park, Fla.; 10 grandchildren, CW3 (Ret) David (Kathy) Colvin, Cindi (CW 4 (Ret) Dutch) Fridd, Scott (Rhonda) Colvin, Jim (Fay) Hughes, Andrea Hughes, Allison (Jose) Rico, Edward H. Cummings IV, Stacy Cummings, Alicia (Tony) Stewart and Shane (Melissa) Cloar; 14 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
The funeral was Wednesday at Brown Funeral Home in Elizabethtown with the Rev. Earl West officiating. Burial with full military honors was in Hardin Memorial Park.
The family requests donations to Wounded Worriors Project, www.woundedwarriors.org.
Condolences may be expressed at www.brownfuneral.com.