May 9, 1937 ~ May 19, 2020

Born in: Indianapolis, IN
Resided in: Indianapolis, IN

Mr. John Timothy Cummings, 83, of Indianapolis, Indiana, passed Tuesday, May 19, 2020. John was born to Mr. and Mrs. James Cummings Sr. and Lertha Jarrett Cummings on May 09, 1937, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

John, or “Johnny Boy” as he was affectionately referred to by family, graduated from the historic Crispus Attucks High School in 1955. John worked at Fort Benjamin Harrison U.S. Army Informations Systems Command as a Civilian Offset Duplicating Press Operator until he retired in 1990.

Mr. Cummings expressed a hope and belief in Christ at a young age, was baptized at Shiloh Baptist Church, and later became a life-long member of St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church, attending faithfully until illness prevented him from doing so.

John was united in matrimony with Beverly JoAnne (Cork) Smith in 1960, and became a father to 3 children: Step-daughter Cheryl Denise (Jackson) Wright, Kevin LaMont Cummings (Deceased) and Michelle Rene (Cummings) Hamilton. Although their marriage did not survive, the two remained friends throughout their entire lives, sharing closely in the lives of their children and grand- children.

One of 10 children born to James and Lertha, Mr. Cummings was preceded in death by his parents and by his siblings Vera Cummings, James Cummings, Delores Wells, Cecil Cummings, Constance Sumner, Barbara Cummings, Joyce Cummings, and Ronald Cummings.

Mr. Cummings was known by many for his soft spoken, charming, and charismatic ways, his wit and sense of humor, his unique laugh, and impeccable sense of style. Loving family members and friends have called him “bold, brave, a trendsetter, non-judgemental, warm and caring.”

Mr. Cummings enjoyed entertaining his friends, loved music and had a reputation for being a really good dancer in his younger days. He was always very well dressed, well groomed and smelled wonderful. He had the gift of taking something that was thrown away by others and making it into something desirable. He took care to make friends and family feel loved and valued. He loved to shop at Goodwill and other thrift stores in the area, and those were outings he would share with his daughter and siblings.

Mr. Cummings is survived by his daughter, Michelle Rene Hamilton (Barron); step-daughter, Cheryl Denise Wright (Banji); grandson, Byron Vaughn III (Nikki); grand-daughter, Brittany Vaughn; great-grandson; Bryadon Vaughn; brother, Eugene “Tiny” Cummings; and a long list of nephews, nieces, other relatives and dear friends. He will be greatly missed. The loss is immeasurable, but so is the love that is left behind.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish, but shall have everlasting life”

John 3:16

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  1. I remember I came to see you the last time I was in town. We got your hair cut and you were happy and smiling. That’s the vision I plan to keep until I see you again. I Love and miss you. I’ll see you all when I get there. Take care of each other.

  2. Will miss you and your humor . You were so supportive of me while growing up and made no difference in me and your daughter. What areal man wld do. Forever grateful

  3. Uncle Johnny-Boy…
    …Having the most gentle demeanor, pleasant personality and calming effect. These are but a few characteristics that are indicative and reflective of the memories I have of you. Admirable qualities that one might possess to say the least. Iโ€™ve only the fondest memories of you. Visiting with you at your home and sharing ideas of art, antiques and fashion will truly be missed. I miss your warm smile, too I love you very much.

  4. Now that you have transitioned, I was wondering about our common characteristic. When you laugh and your shoulders bounce, do your wings flap?
    Until we meet again, rest. Give Momma a kiss for me. ๐Ÿ’–

  5. Micki,
    Sending Prayers of Comfort to you upon hearing the sorrowful news of your Dads passing. May the Lord provide everything needed to help you through this difficult time ๐Ÿ™๐ŸพYou have so many of his traits, he was always so proud of you !!! Hold dear the wonderful memories you shared. I love you ๐Ÿ’œ

  6. Deepest condolences to the family. I worked with John at the Finance Center. I remember him as being smooth, nice dresser with impeccable work ethic. Prayers that God will comfort your hearts and warm memories bring you peace.

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