Alice Griggs Cumbus
1918 - 2021
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Alice Griggs Cumbus

Montgomery - Alice Elizabeth Griggs Cumbus, 102, died Friday, January 8, 2021 at home. She was born March 18, 1918 in Montgomery, the daughter of the late Ben Hybert Griggs and Bertha Ott Griggs.

She went to Highland Avenue Grammar School, where her two children later attended, graduated from Sidney Lanier High School in May 1936 and attended Huntingdon College for two years. As a young woman, she worked as a clerk in her father's store, B.H. Griggs Produce on Madison Avenue in downtown Montgomery.

On Easter Sunday, April 9, 1939, Alice married Alton Beverly Cumbus in an 8 a.m. ceremony at Highland Avenue Baptist Church. She liked to tell the story of their honeymoon in Chattanooga, TN, and at Ruby Falls, where they almost spent their first night in an underground passage when the elevator operator forgot the last group of tourists. Luckily, he remembered as he sat down to dinner, returned to work and sent the elevator down to retrieve the newlyweds.

Alton and Alice were married 70 years before his passing. They remained members of the church until 1979 when they were among the founders of McGhee Road Baptist Church, where Alice participated in the Greeters' Committee and Wednesday Night Suppers as an organizer. At Highland Avenue, she also served as a director and teacher in the Sunday School department, a Training Union director, Girls Auxiliary leader, WMU president and a Vacation Bible School teacher. After the closing of McGhee Road Baptist Church in 2017, Alice attended Heritage Baptist Church. Well-known for her homemade sour cream pound cakes, she often held them on her lap on trips to see her children and grandchildren. A world traveler, she was also fond of collecting antiques, was an accomplished seamstress and enjoyed playing cards with her friends.

Mrs. Cumbus is survived by her daughter Beverly Cumbus Schauer and her husband, Monty, of Marietta, GA, and son Dr. Benjamin Joseph Cumbus and his wife Virginia of Montgomery. Also surviving are her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Sommer Schauer Briner and husband, Thaddeus, of New York, NY and their children Hale and Heath; Brandon Schauer and wife, Cori, of Washington, DC and their children, Sam and Freya; Kevin and Katie Cumbus and children Cooper and Camille of Charlotte, NC; and Katie Cumbus Shute and husband, Jesse, also of Charlotte, NC and their children, Walker and Evelyn.

The family extends its sincere appreciation to Sharon Williams and Carla Thomas for their love and devotion to Alice during the last several years. The Rev. Neal Hughes will officiate at a graveside service at 1 p.m. Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at Greenwood Cemetery. Those who wish to attend the service should gather in their cars at Leak Memory Chapel, 945 Lincoln Road at 12:45 p.m. for a procession to the cemetery. Masks and social distancing will be required. The service will also be live streamed on the Leak Memory Facebook page. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to be sent to the Cooperative Program for Missions at the Montgomery Baptist Association, 20 Interstate Park Dr., Montgomery, AL 36109.

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Published in Montgomery Advertiser from Jan. 10 to Jan. 12, 2021.
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January 13, 2021
Sorry for your loss, Ben joe. How fortunate you are having such a mother.
Dottie and Randy Skipper
Dottie Skipper
January 13, 2021
She was the sweetest person you could ever have. she will be missed by everyone who knew her.
Gail Gilmore
January 12, 2021
Alice was a wonderful servant of Christ's work. She has been my friend sine I was a little boy. Just to be in her prescence was uplifting. She will be missed by her many friends. Brenda and I enjoyed our time at McGehee Road Church with Alice. She has a wonderful son and daughter who took good care of her. We are so happy that Alice is now in her eternal home. She always told me she was ready when the Lord called her home. We loved her.
wayne and brenda Hicks
January 11, 2021
Mrs. Cumbus was a gracious and kind Christian lady and a great friend to my Mother while they were members together at McGehee Road Baptist Church. She leaves a precious legacy. My prayers are with her family.
Aimee Steineker
January 11, 2021
A true Southern Lady, in all aspects of life!
Debbie Brown-Mullis
January 11, 2021
Dear friend and neighbor, you will be missed. My prayers go out to all the Cumbus family.
Carolyn Fillmore
January 10, 2021
Ben Jo, my heart goes out to you and your family for the loss of your mother. I know she will be deeply missed. My prayers go out to you and your family.
Jimmy Burt
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