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Cummins, Hollis O.



Hollis O. Cummins passed away 10/7/2016 in Albuquerque, NM at the age of 87. He was born in Capitan, NM and graduated from Capitan High school where he was an All-State basketball player and played in the first North/South All-Star game. He then attended UNM and was very proud of playing on the freshman basketball team during the 1947-48 season. He then joined and served in the Air Force in 1948-50. Hollis would return to Capitan and work for the Titsworth Co. from whom, in 1951 at the age of 22, he would purchase the grocery business with the help of his parents Lewis and Bessie Cummins. Hollis would own and operate Cummins Grocery in Capitan, NM for 42 years.

In the spring of 1958, Hollis was introduced to Gloria Waltrip Clarke and her two sons, Bronson and Kenny. After a few months of battling the unpaved road to Ruidoso, he proposed and they married in September of 1958. They then had two more sons, David and Dan.

Hollis became a director at Ruidoso State Bank in 1978 where he served until his retirement in 1996. Hollis and Gloria moved to Albuquerque, NM to be able to travel, enjoy retirement and reconnect with many old friends that had made the same decision. He enjoyed working in his yard, having coffee with new friends and monthly lunches with old Capitan friends as well as being included in activities by his sons' friends and being treated like family.

He was preceded in death by his parents Lewis and Bessie Cummins, his sister Jerry and brother Ted.

Having just celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary, he is survived by his wife Gloria of Albuquerque. He is also survived by his four sons: Bronson of Albuquerque, Kenny and wife Tami of Albuquerque, David and wife Deborah of San Saba, TX and Dan and wife Heather of Portland, OR and two grandchildren and one great- grandson.
Published in Albuquerque Journal on Oct. 16, 2016
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