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Gerald Don Cummings died at the Sierra Medical Center in El Paso on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. Gerald was born Dec. 12, 1943, in Brady, Texas, to Jesse and Irene Cummings. He was the oldest of five children, having two brothers and two sisters.
Growing up on the family ranch and farm during the drought of the 1950s he learned how to be a cattleman as well as a cowboy, lessons that would serve him well later in life. After graduating high school in 1962 he worked full time on the Pumphreyâ€™s ranch. Gerald and his brother, Charlie, contracted to gather wild cattle and participated in local and professional rodeo as team ropers until he was drafted into the Army at the height of the Vietnam War in 1965.
Upon returning to Texas from the Army he went to work for the Jones ranch, where he worked for eight years. While he was working for the Jonesâ€™ he met and married Glenda Brazelton. Shortly after the birth of their first son they moved to the Currie Ranch near Garden City, Texas.
After leaving the ranch in Garden City, Gerald contracted to haul loads of hay, and expanded his leather working business to keep himself busy during retirement. He and Glenda moved to Odessa where Glenda was teaching school.
Gerald is survived by his wife, Glenda Cummings; son and daughter-in-law, Cody and Kristy Cummings; younger son and daughter-in-law, Zane and Hattie Cummings; adopted daughter and son-in-law Beth and Steven Herron; four grandchildren; two brothers and two sisters, Charlie and Billy Cummings, Marilyn Suber and Lanell Parsons; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. June 22, 2013, at the Elm Grove School House on County Road 267, San Saba County, with food and fellowship to follow.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to the Elm Grove Rodeo Association or the Elm Grove Community Club at 9943 FM 502, Rochelle, Texas 76872; or contact Bobby Deeds at 325-463-5332 for more information.