Bill F. Cummings

Bill F. Cummings 1935-2013 Bill Cummings passed away on January 1, 2013 at his home in Austin, Texas. He was born in Marlin, Texas, but his family soon moved to Normangee, Texas, where his father was the "telephone man" for that area. After graduating from Normangee High School, where he lettered in all sports, Bill enrolled at the University of Texas and there met his future wife, Carol Ann Barkley. They became engaged during their sophomore year and because of an employment opportunity with the Southwestern Bell telephone Company, the couple moved to Waco, Texas, after their marriage in August in 1956. Bill completed his college education at Baylor University while working full time and serving in the Naval Reserve. Despite graduating from Baylor, Bill remained a staunch Longhorn fan and claimed to "bleed orange". During their time in Waco, Carol and Bill were blessed with the birth of their two children, their daughter Julianne, and their son, Brent. In 1963, the Cummings family moved back to Austin where Bill began his career at the Texas Education Agency as a Federal Auditor overseeing the management of federal funds and grants to Texas schools. After twenty-eight years of service, Bill retired as Chief Accountant in 1991. After retirement, Bill dedicated his time and energy to public service. Bill & Carol fell in love with a vintage home in Lockhart, Texas, and dwelled there for ten wonderful years. While living in Lockhart, Bill was elected to the Silver-Haired Legislature, an advocacy group for Senior Citizens. He spent hours driving back and forth to the Capitol urging the passage of legislation which would benefit Seniors. Bill served eight years in this capacity. Then he was appointed to the National Silver-Haired Congress by Congressman Lloyd Doggett, serving in this office until August of this year. After moving back to Austin in 2005, Bill became involved in serving the Shrine Crippled Children's Hospitals in both Houston and Galveston by driving young patients to and from these hospitals for treatment. He also established the Chisolm Trail Texas Exes and raised funds annually for scholarships for University of Texas students. Bill was a member of the Masonic Lodge, a founding member of St. Luke's on the Lake Episcopal Church, and a long-time member of the Capitol Rod & Gun Club. Bill is survived by his wife of fifty-seven years, Carol, his daughter, Juli Castro, and his son-in-law, Russell Castro; his son, Brent, and daughter-in-law, Kathleen Cummings. He is also survived by his granddaughter, Jennifer Erickson, and her husband Dirk, granddaughter Meredith Egwuatu and her husband ND, granddaughter Lindsay Cummings, grandson Travis Cummings, and great-grandchildren Adalyn and Garrett Erickson. Those wishing to make a memorial in honor of Bill should contribute to the Scholarship Fund of the Capitol Rod and Gun Club. Please make checks payable to: The Capitol Rod and Gun Club c/o T Stockman. 20206, Capitol Rod and Gun Club Road Spicewood, TX, 78669 Or the Austin Humane Society, or make a pledge to take at least two fellow Democrats to the polls in 2016. A celebration of Bill's life will be held at the University of Texas Alumni Center, 2110 San Jacinto Boulevard, Austin, Texas, on January 5th at 2:00 P.M. Everyone attending is urged to wear burnt orange and white.

Published in Austin American-Statesman on Jan. 3, 2013