Hamilton Funeral Chapel
726 S Tarboro
Wilson, NC 27893


Dr. Elmer J. Cummings

February 24, 1930 - October 28, 2013

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Dr. Elmer J. Cummings, age 83 a resident of Spring Arbor of Wilson and formerly of 1023 Vance St. E., Wilson, NC., passed away Monday, October 28, 2013.

Elmer J. Cummings was the son of the late Jerry Petteway and Ida Lee Cummings.

A celebration of his life will be held 11:00am Friday, November 1, 2013 at Calvary Presbyterain Church, 209 Pender St. East, Wilson, NC. Reverend Samuel Stevenson will officiate. Interment will follow at Rest Haven Cemetery.

The family will be present Thursday starting at 6pm at Calvary Presbyterian Church to receive friends.

Upon graduating Georgetown High School, Jacksonville, NC, Elmer attended North Carolina Central University at Durham (NCCU,) and received his B.S. degree with a Secondary Education major and his teacher certification. His teaching career began at Carter G. Woodson Elementary School in Richlands, NC in 1953, where he taught seventh grade. After completing one year of teaching in the public school system, Elmer answered the call to serve his country and enlisted in the United States Army.

Honorably discharged from the military, Dr. Cummings returned to his home community in Richlands and resumed his teaching career at Woodson Elementary. During his teaching career, he began further studies at Fayetteville State Teachers College (FSU) and Winston-Salem State Teachers College (WSSU) where he completed the requirements for certification in Elementary Education.

Dr. Cummings began his educational tenure in the Wilson County Schools at Elm City, NC in 1959 where he taught at Frederick Douglas High School, later becoming the school's Guidance Counselor; and later the principal. Fulfilling his desire to be the best that he could be, Cummings continued his educational studies receiving a Master's degree in Education from Indiana University, Bloomington in 1961, and continued to further his education by completing his Doctoral degree in Education at Duke University in 1981. Dr. Cummings' educational career came to fruition as Director of Curriculum and Instruction of Wilson County Schools.

He believed that "good moral character" is "caught" as well as "taught" and because children will emulate what adults do, that adults should always set a good example for children. He was especially sensitive to the needs of students and never ceased to nurture them. Elmer never failed to nurture his own Christian faith, which was begun at an early age while still under the influence of his loving grandparents. His nurture continued to mature at Calvary Presbyterian Church of Wilson, where he joined the loving fellowship of other brothers and sisters of faith. Elmer's faith was immeasurable and his love for his Lord and the Church was evidenced by his leadership and service at Calvary Presbyterian Church.

He was an active member of the Beta Beta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity in Wilson and his other interest included family, gardening, reading music, football and furniture upholstery.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that any memorials be sent to Calvary Presbyterian Church-Scholarship Fund
Calvary Presbyterian Church Scholarship Fund
208 N. Pender St.
Wilson, NC 27893