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Ray Eugene Cummins

January 5, 1935 –
 March 14, 2023


The Rev. Ray E. Cummins passed away peacefully at home in Lewisville, Texas on March 14, 2023.  He was born January 5, 1935 in Shelbyville, Kentucky.  He attended college in Kentucky at Cumberland College and Georgetown College for his undergraduate degree. He received a Masters of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. His greatest passion was God’s calling to the ministry. He served the Lord as a Baptist Minister for 57 years, serving churches in rural Indiana; Appleton, Wisconsin; and numerous Kentucky churches including churches in Crittenden, Campton, Mt. Vernon, Corbin, Marion, Franklin, Utica, and several rural churches in Shelby County.  As a pastor he was always an active member of the community and recognized as a man who made a difference. He served as a City Mayor, hospital Board of Directors, College Board of Trustees, President of high school booster club and numerous other community services. He served the Kentucky Baptist Convention on multiple committees and as a Vice President. He was an active member of the Kentucky Baptist Ministers Association where he served numerous roles including president.

He was a gifted vocalist and a talented comedian. Additionally, he was a radio basketball commentator and was the play-by-play voice of several Kentucky high school basketball teams. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing softball and basketball.  He enjoyed serving as a KHSAA basketball referee.  He was a life-long loyal Kentucky Wildcats fan.  Go Big Blue!

He was preceded in death by his parents John William and Ida Mae Cummins and his sister Clara Sutherland.  He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Terry Joyce Cummins, and his two sons William Ray Cummins and wife Laurie;  Robert Marshall Cummins and wife Phyll Ann. He was blessed with 5 grandchildren (Kristin Williams and husband Ben, Katie Luna and husband Alex, Kelly Cummins, Karson Cummins, and Davis Cummins), and 2 great grandchildren (Billie Williams and Liam Luna).  He was also blessed with nephew Barry Sutherland and wife Mary Margaret, niece Lisa Sommer and husband Clay, and niece Dana Ashcraft and husband Harold.  He had great love for his entire family, but none greater than love for his two sons.

In lieu of a funeral service, a memorial will be held at a later date in Shelbyville, Kentucky.  The family requests that donations be made in his name to the First Baptist Church of Lewisville, Texas.

    23 Mar 2023

    Miss you

    26 Mar 2023

    Go Big Blue!

    29 Mar 2023

    Love you Dad

    29 Mar 2023

    Love and miss you Dad

    Sara Hollingsworth
    29 Mar 2023

    Bill, may you look back on all the memories you have of your father and find peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    With Love,

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Dear John,

It was such a nice pleasure to meet you, and what you had planned for my father just took my breath away. It was so special to hear you tell us how he would just come over to talk with you. I think it brought him much comfort. Thank you for putting that Air Force article of him on your website. I am going to have a replica made of the painting of his plane to give you.

Thank you again for all you have done to honor our dad.

Love, The Gillilands


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