Ronnie Cummins, 70, of Chappell Hill, Texas, left for his heavenly home on Thursday, October 11, 2018.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, October 27th at 2:00 p.m. at First Pentecostal Church, 1001 Prairie Lea Street, Brenham, Texas 77833, with Pastor Merlin Swan officiating.
Ronald Lynn Cummins was born in Pasadena, Texas on February 10, 1948, to parents Vernon and Margaret (Knappick) Cummins. He was christened on March 26, 1949, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Cotulla and attended Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School in Galena Park. He was a 1967 graduate of Furr Junior-Senior High School and earned his associate’s degree from Lee College in 1974.
Throughout his life, Ronnie resided in Houston and Chappell Hill and worked 40+ years in the sales industry. On the weekends, he traded his dress shoes for cowboy boots to help his parents herd cattle and plant crops at the Lazy C Ranch in Elgin, Texas.
Sports was another beloved pastime of Ronnie’s. At home or in the football stadium, he cheered on the Coogs, Bearkats, and Longhorns. He followed Houston baseball from the Buffaloes to the Astros. He enjoyed bowling and was a frequent spectator of drag racing at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown.
Ronnie also had a passion for film, whether it was capturing moments with his camera or acting in commercials and movies—his most notable role being an extra in Urban Cowboy. His favorite ‘50s, ‘60s, and country western music filled the car on family road trips from Aspen to Graceland and every corner of The Lone Star State—he was a Texan first and foremost. In his later years, his love for travel and history took him across the pond to Scotland and Ireland.
Above all, Ronnie cherished his family. Be it kin, a friend, or neighbor, he was always willing to lend a helping hand. He taught his children to work hard, be kind, and live their lives for God.
Ronnie was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Valerie Cummins; children, Leah Rogers and husband Derrick of Brenham, Chad Cummins of San Antonio, Carly Cummins of Austin, and Shara Cummins of Huntsville; sisters and brothers-in-law, LaVerne and Paul Umphries, Connie and Kenneth Denby, Bonnie and Curt Pfannstiel; brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Leian Cummins; two grandchildren and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Donations in Ronnie’s memory may be made to the Prostate Cancer Foundation or Texas Parks & Wildlife Texas State Parks.