Alice Griggs Cumbus
March 18, 1918 – January 8, 2021
Alice Elizabeth Griggs Cumbus, 102, died Friday, January 8, 2021 at home. She was born March 18, 1918 in Montgomery, the daughter of the late Ben Hybert Griggs and Bertha Ott Griggs. She went to Highland Avenue Grammar School, where her two children later attended, graduated from Sidney Lanier High School in May 1936 and attended Huntingdon College for two years. As a young woman, she worked as a clerk in her father’s store, B.H. Griggs Produce on Madison Avenue in downtown Montgomery. On Easter Sunday, April 9, 1939, Alice married Alton Beverly Cumbus in an 8 a.m. ceremony at Highland Avenue Baptist Church. She liked to tell the story of their honeymoon in Chattanooga, TN, and at Ruby Falls, where they almost spent their first night in an underground passage when the elevator operator forgot the last group of tourists. Luckily, he remembered as he sat down to dinner, returned to work and sent the elevator down to retrieve the newlyweds. Alton and Alice were married 70 years before his passing. They remained members of the church until 1979 when they were among the founders of McGhee Road Baptist Church, where Alice participated in the Greeters’ Committee and Wednesday Night Suppers as an organizer. At Highland Avenue, she also served as a director and teacher in the Sunday School department, a Training Union director, Girls Auxiliary leader, WMU president and a Vacation Bible School teacher. After the closing of McGhee Road Baptist Church in 2017, Alice attended Heritage Baptist Church. Well-known for her homemade sour cream pound cakes, she often held them on her lap on trips to see her children and grandchildren. A world traveler, she was also fond of collecting antiques, was an accomplished seamstress and enjoyed playing cards with her friends. Mrs. Cumbus is survived by her daughter Beverly Cumbus Schauer and her husband, Monty, of Marietta, GA, and son Dr. Benjamin Joseph Cumbus and his wife Virginia of Montgomery. Also surviving are her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Sommer Schauer Briner and husband, Thaddeus, of New York, NY and their children Hale and Heath; Brandon Schauer and wife, Cori, of Washington, DC and their children, Sam and Freya; Kevin and Katie Cumbus and children Cooper and Camille of Charlotte, NC; and Katie Cumbus Shute and husband, Jesse, also of Charlotte, NC and their children, Walker and Evelyn. The family extends its sincere appreciation to Sharon Williams and Carla Thomas for their love and devotion to Alice during the last several years. The Rev. Neal Hughes will officiate at a graveside service at 1 p.m. Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at Greenwood Cemetery. Those who wish to attend the service should gather in their cars at Leak Memory Chapel, 945 Lincoln Road at 12:45 p.m. for a procession to the cemetery. Masks and social distancing will be required. The service will also be live streamed on the Leak Memory Facebook page. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to be sent to the Cooperative Program for Missions at the Montgomery Baptist Association, 20 Interstate Park Dr., Montgomery, AL 36109.
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Alice Griggs Cumbus
Beth Brassell Joiner
January 15, 2021
What a true Southern Belle! She and Mr. Cumbus are in my memories from Highland Avenue Baptist and beyond. She helped to mold many of us from the cradle and was a prayer warrior for us all! Always cheerful and smiling and happy to reconnect whatever the occasion. The world will be a little less bright without her. It helps to know she is now whole again and reunited in heaven with Mr. Cumbus. I like to think my parents are touring them around the streets of gold!
I thank my God upon every remembrance of you. Philippians 1:3
January 12, 2021
As God commanded, “the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.” Then God created the flowers of the fields. Flowers smile on the earth with dazzling color, they provide sweet fragrance to God’s people, and their beauty touches to give joy and grace with comfort.
In the continuing span of creation, God made Alice, one of His flowers. Her smile warms those who know her. Her kind words sweeten their lives. Her gentle hand shares their joys and sorrows. Alice spreads her color, her fragrance, her touch to all she meets.
Alice was with me on my first day in this life. And she stayed with me as I moved from infancy, to childhood, to adulthood. She stays with me now as I can never forget her sneaking candy to the balcony kids in church. Or the always open invitation for something sweet at her house after Sunday night church. (She is today telling Jesus how to make a small remnant of pound cake feed the ten thousand by cutting very thin slices!)
There can never be another Alice. But she lives with us because of how she lived among us. May God receive Alice more and more into His joyful service that she may share in the eternal victory of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Sharon Motisi Myers
January 11, 2021
Mrs. Alice was a lovely lady, known for her thoroughly southern accent and broad smile. I first met her family at Highland Avenue Baptist Church and recall that she & Mr. Alton drove their son & me on my first date. (Not sure whether it was his 1st, but I suspect so.) Regardless of the group in which her name is mentioned, I know the comments reflect her gracious, Christian spirit, & she will be missed.
Renee Jacobs Rohan
January 11, 2021
Mrs. Alice will always hold a special place in my heart. I have many fond memories of her and Mr. Alton from my home church, McGehee Rd. Baptist Church. She was always positive and had a way of making everybody who walked through those doors feel important and special. She is truly missed by all who know her.
January 11, 2021
Mrs. Alice was such a fine Christian lady. She was so kind and always so glad to see you. I knew her from McGehee Rd Baptist. She served her Lord well.
January 11, 2021
Great Christian Lady, We have great memories forever.
Bill & Jeanette Johnson
January 10, 2021
I grew up at Highland Ave Baptist Church. I have been blessed to know and love Alice and Alton Cumbus for most of my life. Miss Alice was the very definition of a servant of the Lord. She was a bright star, fiercely devoted to her family and friends. We will miss her, but I am grateful for all the years she was present in our world. My prayers to her family for God’s comfort and peace.
January 9, 2021
Alice will be remembered for her kind spirit, positive attitude and great faith in our Lord and Savior. She will be sorely missed as her Christian influence has touched so many. May God bless her soul.