Greyson M. “Red” Cummings, Jr.

Greyson M. “Red” Cummings, Jr., 87, a lifelong Greenville resident, died March 19, 2018 at his home. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, fisherman, gardener and friend to many. Greyson was born on October 22, 1930 to Greyson M.Cummings, Sr. and Mary Hamlin Cummings. His early years were spent surrounded by cousins playing and working at the family dairy farm, Blocker Dairy. 

Following graduation from Greenville High School, Greyson went to Mississippi State to become an engineer. Although his education was cut short by the Korean conflict and the need for abled body men on the dairy farm, he would always remain a loyal Bulldog fan. 

Greyson’s career was spent working on the family farm, then as a distributor for Borden’s Milk, followed by a long distance freight hauler. He would always say he enjoyed seeing what was over the hill or around the next curve. 

After retirement, Greyson enjoyed gardening, bee keeping, fishing, and being with family and friends. 

Greyson was an active member of the First Christian Church and following its closing became an active member of First Methodist Church. He was also a member of the Delta Good Sam’s Club, Master Gardeners of Washington County and Delta Veteran’s and Friends. 

Greyson was preceded in death by his parents, Greyson and Mary Cummings. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Jayne; son Walter (Janet) and grandson Sam of Grand Junction, CO; daughter Betsy Cummings Mauceli (Mike) of Greenville; and daughter Mary Gilmore (David) of Meridian, MS, grandson Marshall Gilmore (Mary) great grandsons William and Harris of Meridian, MS, granddaughter Mary Katherine DeBardelebeben (Alex) great grandson Andy and great granddaughter Kate, and granddaughter Laura Beth Gilmore of Seville, Spain. 

Sincere gratitude goes to Grace Hospice for their excellent care during his long illness. 

Greyson kept the faith, fought the good fight, and now has finished the race. (2 Timothy 4:7) In Greyson’s words, “be of good cheer, the Lord is in the plan.”

At his request, his body will be donated to the University of Mississippi for the advancement of science. Visitation will be held at First Methodist Church in Greenville, MS on Saturday, March 24 from 11:00 until noon followed by a memorial service with Reverends Walter Goldsmith and Justin White officiating.  In lieu of flowers, please send donations to First Methodist Church or to the charity of your choice.