In memory of
Cummings, Clayton 6/14/1931 - 2/17/2021 Ann Arbor Clayton Lee Cummings, a lifelong resident of Ann Arbor, died peacefully at home on February 17, 2021. He was born June 14, 1931, son of the late Harold H Cummings and Mary Martha (Hatchard) Cummings. He started C.L. Cummings Painting and Decorating in 1954 and worked in his trade until 1995. A true Master of his profession, he held great pride in his craft and artful work. He always primed the wall with a sentimental quote and his signature before he hung decorative paper, only to be discovered 20 years later when removed. He served honorably in the US Army as a military police in Germany 1951-1953. When he returned, he married the love of his life, Jacqueline Sue Roehm, February 12, 1954. He was a long term member of Dixboro United Methodist Church, Painter and Decorator Contractors of America – serving as chapter president, Pittsfield Seniors, and multiple golf leagues. He had a fierce passion for golf, competitive euchre (state senior champion), and University of Michigan Football. He was an avid reader and daily patron of the Ann Arbor Public Library. He was especially fond of deer and bird watching, sports, westerns, and was partial to strong dark coffee, beer and German food. He is survived by his children, Steven Bradley Cummings (Rebecca Ferguson), Karen Sue Cummings (Steve Yarows) and Diane Jill Pellegrini (Gene Matteis), 6 grandchildren - Drew Cummings, Samuel Cummings, Alexandra Spears Bartscht, Jacqueline Spears, Nicole Cummings and Matthew Pellegrini, 6 great grandchildren, and his only sister, Joyce Deck. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers Harold "Skip" Cummings, Eugene Cummings, David Lee Cummings and Denny Cummings. He was a gentle and quiet soul, and a source of common sense and high intelligence. We will miss him, and we will honor him as we move forward with an ache in our hearts. During this time of social distancing, we invite you to view a short online memorial of his life at: https://youtu.be/RTc_lM2NWaE Should you desire, donations in his memory can be made to St Jude Children's Research which was his personal favorite charity.
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