Billy Newton Cummings was born in Winters, Texas in 1927 to Andrew Newton and Bertha Jenkins Cummings. He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Loyce Faye Cummings, daughter of George Edwin Miller and Grace Carrie South Miller.
Together they had 10 children: Jammie (Steve) Detrick, Beth (Benny) Bagwell, Nathan Cummings (deceased), Daniel (Betty) Cummings, David (Dianne) Cummings, Deborah (Kevin) Wynne, Samuel (Marlene) Cummings, Mark (Wanda) Cummings, Merrick Cummings, and Kidron (Caren) Cummings. Billy enjoyed his 44 grandchildren, several great grandchildren and great great grandchildren, and one great great greatgrandchild. Besides Nathan, he was preceded in death by his parents, a brother (Benny Ray Cummings), and several grandchildren.
In WWII Billy served in the United States Navy, seeing action in Japan aboard the USS Boston.
As a young married couple with 2 children, Billy and Loyce went to Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC. Upon graduation, Billy came back to Texas to pastor in the Corpus Christi area. In 1955 Billy answered the call to go to Mexico to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ as a missionary and cofounded Trans World Baptist Mission. Several of his children have shared that call and continue to serve.
In 1963 Billy moved his family to Laredo, Texas where he was instrumental in forming Iglesia Bautista. For the rest of his life, he continued to serve as pastor, friend, and shepherd of churches here in Laredo and in southern Mexico.
Family will receive guests on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 from 5pm-9pm at the Fred Dickey Funeral home chapel. A memorial service will be celebrated at 7:00pm.
A graveside service will be on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at Seaside Memorial Park, 4357 Ocean Drive, Corpus Christi, TX 78412 at 11:30am.
There will be a celebration service Wednesday, December 19, at 7:00pm at Iglesia Bautista in Laredo, TX.