George Samuel Cummins, 91 of Spicewood, passed away on May 5, 2019. He was born on April 16, 1928, to Samuel Martin and Minnie Edith (Hughs) Cummins in Cairo, Illinois.
George courageously served his country in the US Navy during WWII. After his honorable discharge, he pursued his education in pharmaceutics earning his master’s degree. George worked as a pharmacist until retirement.
Not much about George’s history can be said without including his beloved other half, Billie Marie Cummins. She made him whole. His favorite hobby was watching out for her well-being. She had many hobbies of her own, but his hobby was her and whatever she liked to do.
Their family affectionately knew them as pawpaw and mawmaw. They were married for 53 years and didn’t spend a day apart until she passed away in 2018. They were happiest when they were side-by-side on the porch watching the deer and birds flock the feeders. Pawpaw wouldn’t let the feeders remain empty very long. He was concerned that the deer and birds would get hungry, so he would ask his grandson to go up the hill and fill them again, which was just about every day.
It was said that they were the happiest question askers. With a smile on their faces, they would anxiously look into your eyes and ask, “How are you?” “What have you been up to?” “How’s life treating you?” Always concerned about the well-being of others, they rarely used the words I, me or my. Selfless and giving, mawmaw and pawpaw took great pleasure in investing their time and attention in others. They lived in New Ulm for many years and were generous in their support of local nonprofits, but especially the New Ulm Fire Department.
After mawmaw passed away, pawpaw moved on to his grandson’s ranch in Spicewood. Although he would have preferred that she be there, he found other ways to cope and enjoy life on this beautiful property. If allowed, he would have lived out the rest of his days on chocolate ice cream and beer. He loved spending evenings on the front porch with cool glass of beer, gazing over fifteen miles of Texas Hill Country and watching the llama and horses play.
George leaves behind a legacy of love, devotion and selflessness that will continue to inspire those who knew and loved him.
He will be remembered by his grandson Dan Keen and wife Laura, of Spicewood, Texas; granddaughter Terri Ideker and husband Brion of The Woodlands, Texas; grandson Rusty Keen and wife Natalie of Conroe, Texas; grandson William Martin Towns; grandson Russell Paul White; granddaughter Michelle Bryant; grandson Gary Bryant; stepdaughter Betty Schuchardt; great grandchildren Averi Keen, Tanner Keen, Alley Keen, Lauren, Jacob Keen, Grace Keen, Logan Ideker, Colby Ideker and Madison Bryant; and great-great granddaughters Emma and Lily.
George has been loving reunited with his wife Billie Marie Cummins. He was also preceded in death by his stepdaughter Marie Bryant.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
George is in the care of Cremation Advocates by Putnam, 206 Avenue H, Suite 204, Marble Falls, Texas 78654. (830) 798-8413.