WEST PARIS – T/Sgt. Murry Whitman Cummings, 82, U.S. Air Force Retired, of Bethel died Tuesday, Aug. 31, at Ledgeview Living Center.

He was born in Bryant Pond on March 1, 1922, the son of Aubrey O. and Nell Preble Cummings. He was educated in local schools.

He served in World War II in the U.S. Air Force in the South Pacific from 1942 to 1946.

He re-enlisted in 1957, and served honorably until his discharge in 1974. He was a personnel specialist at Otis A.F.B., Walker A.F.B., Topsham A.F.B. and McClellan A.F.B.

In his earlier years he was employed by the railroad and at various mills, including Stowell’s, Mann’s, E.L. Tibbetts, Grafton Lumber Co. and Oxford Paper.

After retiring from the service he worked for Newton Tibbetts.

He married Helen Robertson on March 1, 1947, in Bryant Pond.

He was a member of the DAV in Auburn, the American Legion Post 89 in Greenwood and a life-member of the VFW of Locke Mills. He was a former member of the Locke Mills Men’s Club.

He was an avid golfer making two “hole-in-ones.” He had played all sports in school and continued to play baseball for Locke Mills and Bryant Pond even after his school days. He enjoyed bowling and playing pool.

He loved fishing, hunting and spending time outdoors.

He especially enjoyed the time he spent with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, of 57 years, Helen (Robertson) Cummings, of Bethel; a daughter, Cheryl Gagne and her companion, Ron Garrison, of Brunswick; her son, Timothy Moore and his wife, Tracy and their children, Andrew Ward and Emily Ward, all of Litchfield; a daughter, Joni Windham and her son, Ryan Windham and his children, Kaitlin Windham and Jaiden Windham, all of Hooks, Texas; a son, Robert Cummings and his wife, Jane and their children, Robert Cummings Jr., Christopher McCort and Marli Cummings, all of Hooks, Texas; a son, Daniel Cummings and his wife, Betsey and their children, Carly Cummings and Ross Cummings, all of South Portland; one nephew, John Cummings, and one niece, Judith Burton, both of Virginia.

He was predeceased by a brother, Robert A. Cummings, and a sister, Velma Cummings.

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