Clayton Cummings
1931 - 2021
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Cummings, Clayton 6/14/1931 - 2/17/2021 Ann Arbor Clayton Lee Cummings, a lifelong resident of Ann Arbor, died peacefully at home on February 17, 2021. He was born June 14, 1931, son of the late Harold H Cummings and Mary Martha (Hatchard) Cummings. He started C.L. Cummings Painting and Decorating in 1954 and worked in his trade until 1995. A true Master of his profession, he held great pride in his craft and artful work. He always primed the wall with a sentimental quote and his signature before he hung decorative paper, only to be discovered 20 years later when removed. He served honorably in the US Army as a military police in Germany 1951-1953. When he returned, he married the love of his life, Jacqueline Sue Roehm, February 12, 1954. He was a long term member of Dixboro United Methodist Church, Painter and Decorator Contractors of America – serving as chapter president, Pittsfield Seniors, and multiple golf leagues. He had a fierce passion for golf, competitive euchre (state senior champion), and University of Michigan Football. He was an avid reader and daily patron of the Ann Arbor Public Library. He was especially fond of deer and bird watching, sports, westerns, and was partial to strong dark coffee, beer and German food. He is survived by his children, Steven Bradley Cummings (Rebecca Ferguson), Karen Sue Cummings (Steve Yarows) and Diane Jill Pellegrini (Gene Matteis), 6 grandchildren - Drew Cummings, Samuel Cummings, Alexandra Spears Bartscht, Jacqueline Spears, Nicole Cummings and Matthew Pellegrini, 6 great grandchildren, and his only sister, Joyce Deck. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers Harold "Skip" Cummings, Eugene Cummings, David Lee Cummings and Denny Cummings. He was a gentle and quiet soul, and a source of common sense and high intelligence. We will miss him, and we will honor him as we move forward with an ache in our hearts. During this time of social distancing, we invite you to view a short online memorial of his life at: https://youtu.be/RTc_lM2NWaE Should you desire, donations in his memory can be made to St Jude Children's Research which was his personal favorite charity.


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Published in Ann Arbor News from Feb. 22 to Feb. 28, 2021.
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February 26, 2021
Myself and my husband knew Clayton through Pittsfield seniors and weekly euchre. He certainly had a talent for cards and taught many of us strategies of the game. I think I started winning a little more after listening to him. We certainly will miss him and his smile. Our condolences to the family. God bless you all, and we hope our Lord's loving arms comfort you at this time.
Teri Billau
Friend
February 25, 2021
Clayton: Very precise, meticulous, a one of his own kind of painter. Chaired the ushers at the Dixboro UMC when I attended there. There is a digital tape recording posted on YouTube of the celebration of the Dixboro 100th anniversary observance of the Village Green one-room schoolhouse. Clayton and other alumni gathered in the audience in 1998.
www.YouTube.com/WatchmanOfTheTracks
My pleasure! Dale Photo: Dixboro Landmark - Dixboro Garage, looking northwest on Plymouth Road.
Dale R. (for radio) Leslie
Friend
February 25, 2021
Jackie, Steve, Karen & Diane,
We were heartbroken to hear of Clayton's passing. Our thoughts & prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
Love & God Bless,
Rick & Danette
Ricky & Danette Smith
Family
February 24, 2021
I remember uncle Clayton painting my parents living room telling us this color on the wall is the color of your lungs from smoking. You should stop smoking now. What a great guy. I miss him terribly.
Robin Michaelson
Family
February 24, 2021
It was always a pleasure to have Clayton come to work at our home when painting or wall papering upgrades were needed. (He also had done work at my husband's father's home.) It was fun to meet up with him again when I discovered that he was living in an appartment just down the hall from me when I moved into the Pines Senior Apartments in Chelsea.

I send my sympathy to his family.
Marilyn Twining
Acquaintance
February 23, 2021
Clayton's Family:
My sincere condolences. You are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
Carol Coppersmith
February 22, 2021
We are so sorry for your loss ❤ We would always see him at Brookside Golf Course and also at the Dixboro Church.
Tom & Lisa DeWolfe
Friend
February 22, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
James Hatchard
Neighbor
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