Lawrence Carlton Nollner Cummings

Male 1924 - 2009  (85 years)


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  • Name Lawrence Carlton Nollner Cummings 
    Nickname Larry 
    Born 23 Jul 1924  Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Military USAF Retired  [1
    Died 16 Nov 2009  [1
    Buried 22 Nov 2009  Cook-Walden Capital Parks Cemetery and Mausoleum, Pflugerville, Travis County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I27548  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 15 Jan 2020 

    Father William Carlton Cummings,   b. 19 Feb 1882, Mitchellville, Sumner County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jun 1961, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Mother Ethel Ann Cunningham,   b. 18 Jun 1887, McMinnville, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Nov 1972, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Married (~1922)  (Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee) Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Family ID F9900  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Frieda Farris Waldrop,   b. 1927, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2015  (Age 88 years) 
    Married 1952  (Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee) Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Residence (Family) Austin, Travis County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Jennifer Cummings,   b. (~1948), Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Patricia Anne Cummings,   b. 1953,   d. 1990  (Age 37 years)
     3. Linda Cummings
    Last Modified 24 Feb 2020 
    Family ID F9901  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 23 Jul 1924 - Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1952 - (Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee) Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 22 Nov 2009 - Cook-Walden Capital Parks Cemetery and Mausoleum, Pflugerville, Travis County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence (Family) - - Austin, Travis County, Texas Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Lt. Colonel Lawrence "Larry" Carlton Cummings (USAF-retired) Highly decorated veteran of 3 wars, Lt. Colonel Lawrence "Larry" Carlton Cummings (USAF-retired), age 85, passed away on Monday, November 16, 2009.

      Larry was born in Nashville, TN to William C. and Ethel A. Cummings on July 23, 1924. During WWII, at age 17, he was inducted into the U.S. Army. After graduation from high school Larry went to boot camp, then immediately shipped out to Europe where he proudly and courageously served in the position of forward observer with the 70th Infantry Division.

      Returning to Nashville, Larry went into the grocery business, catering to such notable customers as country music legends Hank Williams, Sr. and Eddie Arnold. As a security measure, he decided to apply for an officer's commission in the Air Force Reserve. His request was accepted, at which time he was granted the rank 2nd Lieutenant, beginning a career of military service to this country that would continue for over 26 years.

      Larry married Frieda F. Waldrop, also a native of Nashville, TN, in 1952. That same year he was "called up" to serve in the Korean War. After this tour of duty and over the next several years, Larry, Frieda and their three daughters, Patricia, Linda and Jennifer, would live in various parts of the United States, including Anchorage, Alaska, transferring to Texas just prior to the big earthquake.

      In December of 1965, while based in Houston, Larry was deployed to Vietnam. Promoted to major soon after his arrival in the war zone, Larry was given command of the air base he and his fellow soldiers established at Dong Ha, just a few miles away from the DMZ. This base was officially recognized by then Texas Governor, John Connally, who commissioned it "The Little Alamo", giving honorary Texas citizenship to all of it's inhabitants. Larry and those under his command became friends with the Vietnamese villagers who played a significant role in the security and stability of the air base. In recognition of his numerous accomplishments during his service in Vietnam, Larry was presented with several prestigious awards, including the bronze star for meritorious service. Ultimately, over the course of his military career, he would acquire a total of 8 bronze stars. Some of his other awards and medals include the highly honored French Croix de Guerre, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, American Campaign Medal, European African Middle East Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Air Force Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, WWII Victory medal and others, some awarded multiple times.

      After his year long tour of duty in Vietnam was complete, Larry returned to his family in Houston on Christmas Day, 1966. He was soon transferred to Bergstrom Air Force Base in Austin, where he chose to retire in 1970. After discharge from the Air Force, Larry immediately began working for the Texas Rehabilitation Commission where he would remain in service to the state for the next ten years.

      Complete and absolute retirement was never part of Larry's agenda in life. Instead he continued to be active in the community, working as a volunteer at Brackenridge Hospital for 20 years, serving one term as president. He was also a volunteer with Mended Hearts of Austin and the Pflugerville Police Department. Larry was always taking care of someone else. Be it a friend or stranger, he would have given the shirt off of his own back to a person in need.

      Until moving to Pflugerville and suffering from declining health, Larry and his wife were members of University Avenue Church of Christ in Austin.

      He is survived by his wife of almost 57 years, Frieda, daughters Linda C. Grant of Maine, and Jennifer C. Nickels and her husband, Eddie, of Pflugerville, grandchildren Helen Sikes of Utah, Dr. Jonathan R. Grant and his wife, Dr. Kristin Grant, of Massachusetts, Amy R. Grant of Pflugerville, Brant C. Sibert, William C. Nickels and his wife, Elizabeth, Ryan S. Nickels, John D. Nickels, all of Pflugerville, Dianna F. Perkins of Colorado and great-grandchild, Alannah Jade Nickels of Pflugerville.

      Larry was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Alfred, Henry and Ernest Cummings, and by his daughter, Patricia A. Cummings Perkins.

      The family will receive friends on Saturday, November 21, 2009 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Cook-Walden Funeral Home, 6100 N. Lamar Austin, Texas. Funeral services will be held Sunday, November 22, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. in the Colonial Chapel of Cook- Walden Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Cook-Walden Capital Parks Cemetery with Full Military Honors.

      Family Members
      Parents
      William Carlton Cummings
      1882–1961

      Ethel Ann Cunningham Cummings
      1887–1972

      Spouse
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      Frieda Farris Waldrop Cummings
      1927–2015

      Siblings
      William Alfred Cummings
      1909–1918

      Ernest Alexander Cummings
      1914–1977

      Children
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      Patricia Anne Cummings Perkins
      1953–1990

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  • Sources 
    1. [S15106] LTC Lawrence Carlton “Larry” Cummings (1924-2009), Cemetery Profile, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/44610121/lawren.

    2. [S6298] "Tennessee, Death Records, 1914-1955," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKMS-ZXK4.