Services for Eugene “Gene” William Cummings, 88, of Forsyth, Mo., were held at New Vision General Baptist Church, on May 21, 2019, with burial following at Helphrey Cemetery, Taneyville, Mo. Services were entrusted to Whelchel Grace Funeral Home, Forsyth, Mo.

He died May 17, 2019.

Eugene was born April 15, 1931, one of eleven children, to Philip and Edna Bilyeu Cummings, of Walnut Shade. He was a lifelong resident of Forsyth, Mo. 

He enjoyed horseback riding and was proud to have trained a champion quarter horse named Thirsty, in 1954. 

He was owner of Gene Cummings Hauling company, driving a dump truck for over 30 years. He farmed, raising cattle, horses, pigs and his beloved Beagles. 

He was a lifelong member of the Taney County Riding Club. He prepared the arena for rodeos, horse shows and the Taney County Fair. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Linda Matthews; brothers, Melvin, Dewey, Mack, Philip, Jr. and Milo Cummings and sisters, Anna Mae Wade and Mary Alice Cummings. 

Survivors include his wife, Mina, of Forsyth; children, Dennis Cummings, of Rockaway Beach, Donnie Goodall, of Taneyville, Carla Jennings, of Protem, Greg Cummings, of Branson and Sharon Dean, of Forsyth; sister, Iva Folck, of Walnut Shade; brothers, Russell Cummings, of Nixa and Dallas Cummings, of Walnut Shade; 16 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Huntington’s Disease Foundation, P.O. Box 912, Salado, Texas 76571.

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