Gregory Allen Cummings\n\nBeloved Husband, Father, Son, Brother, Friend & Mentor\nMahatma Gandhi famously said, “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”\nThese words struck a chord with Greg as a young man and defined how he lived his life – enjoying and\ncherishing every moment of life and always seeking to improve himself so he would be in a better position to\nassist and inspire others. On May 20, 2023, Greg entered eternal rest, leaving an indelible mark on those who knew him or benefited from his generosity and contributions.\n\nEarly Childhood\n\nGreg was the eldest of five children born to James P. and Beatrice Cummings in Holly Hill, South Carolina. He quickly learned the skills and nuances of the family farm and learned even more quickly how to manage the household as the “Second in Charge” when both parents were at work. He enjoyed directing his siblings, which he lovingly continued to do even after they became adults. Even more importantly, however, he later parlayed the management skills he learned as “Second in Charge” into a successful corporate management career. His formative schooling was at Holly Hill High School, where he graduated in 1973 in the top 10 of his class while being an officer of the band, chorus, and Beta Club, as well as yearbook editor, Boys’ State Delegate, bus driver, “King Teen,” and Student Council President. \n\nCollege, Professional, and Community Pursuits \n\nAfter graduating from the College of Charleston in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science in mathematics, Greg spent most of his career at Philip Morris USA, holding multiple management positions and retiring as Senior Vice President of Manufacturing in 2009. Even today, years after his retirement, his former employees still admire Greg’s ability to manage effectively, flexibly, and humanely, remarking that they “loved working for Greg,” that he was a “great mentor” and “great leader,” and that he “made a positive difference in the lives of many.” After retirement, he established his management consulting business and invested in small start-ups.\n\nGreg did not limit his business and management acumen exclusively to Philip Morris. He served on the boards of the Cabarrus and Kannapolis Chamber of Commerce, the Manufacturing Council, the Richmond Forum, and the Executive Leadership Council, among others. He also served as a Claflin University Board of Trustees’ member, advisor to the Presidents of Livingstone College and Barber-Scotia College, and Vice President of the Chesterfield Education Foundation.\n\nAlthough successful professionally, Greg’s passion was to provide at-risk youth with the proper tools to\nsucceed. He mentored two Richmond youths for 11 years. He served as President and Vice President of MEGA Mentors, a mentoring organization, where he was instrumental in expanding the organization to its current scope, reaching more than 3000 students and 14 schools in Chesterfield County, Virginia. He also served as Cofounder and Chairperson of Petersburg Promise, a nonprofit organization that recruits volunteers to support students in the Petersburg, Virginia public school system.\n\nFavorite Things\n\nGreg traveled extensively across the globe and had plans to visit every continent, which almost always\nincluded a fishing trip. When his children were old enough to hold a fishing rod, they shared this pastime with him, and he never had a shortage of fishing stories. He also enjoyed cooking, photography, collecting cars, tending to his plants and porch garden, playing golf, and collecting art. He had many things going on at one time, but he was never too busy to listen with empathy, speak with kindness, offer unconditional support, or share a laugh.\n\n\nDevotion to Family\n\nDespite Greg’s many ventures, his wife of more than 46 years and his two children were his top priority. Greg\nworked tirelessly to ensure they were provided for, supported, and loved. He played an active role in their\ngrowth, attending their extracurricular and sports activities, including coaching his son’s little league soccer team. He found great joy in talking about them, planning, traveling, and providing wise counsel. Greg took particular pride in being a doting “PaPa” to his only granddaughter and already had started making plans for the imminent birth of her sister. He also was a proud, self-proclaimed “Mama’s Boy,” calling his mom every day and traveling to SC to see her at every opportunity.\n\nUnwavering Faith Greg accepted Jesus Christ at an early age and was baptized and became a member of Target A.M.E. Church in Holly Hill, South Carolina. Thus began his lifelong journey of living a purposeful life\nguided by unwavering faith. As an adult, Greg became a member of Bethel A.M.E. Zion Church in Kannapolis,\nNorth Carolina, where he served on the Board of Trustees. When he relocated to Virginia, he joined Second Baptist Church in Richmond and participated in the Men’s Ministry. Greg was tested many times with personal and family health challenges over the years; however, he was sustained by his unshakeable faith. He made peace with his circumstances, including his illness, and handled each new situation with dignity, courage, and grace.\n\nLiving Legacy\n\nGreg was preceded in death by his father, Rev. J. P. Cummings Jr., and his brother, James (“Bill”)\nCummings III. He leaves to cherish memories of him his mother, Beatrice Cummings; his wife, Marilyn; his\nchildren, Angel and Omar (Haymanot (“Mimi”)); his grandchild, Gelila; his siblings, Ronald Cummings, Sharon Giles (Columbus), and Patricia Vanderhurst; his brother-uncle, Anthony Martino; his aunts, Queen Rouse, Ruby Thompson, and Vernell Butler; three brother-in-laws, Reginald, Vincent, and Kelvin Harper; four sister-in-laws,Karen Howard (Joe), Gladys Edwards (Ralph), Valerie Young (Trey) and Terri Harper; special daughter Jeneen Tucker (Reggie) and grandson Jonas; many special nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends; a host of “adopted”children, grandchildren, and godchildren; and devoted brothers from Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.\n\nGreg will be missed, but his legacy will live on in the lives of those he nurtured and loved.