Harvey Ray Cummings

February 26, 1932January 5, 2020

Harvey Ray Cummings, age 87, of Nashville, fought a long hard battle and stepped into the heavenly presence of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, January 5, 2020. Harvey was born February 26, 1932, in Memphis, to the late Louis Dewitt and Ada Mae Smith Cummings. He is preceded in death by two brothers Louis Francis and Edgar Lee Cummings and two sisters Mae Louise Powell and Laura Virginia Wyatt. He is survived by his wife, Helen King Cummings, the love of his life; sister, Anita Grace Blakley; nephews Louis Dotson (Sue) and Jeff Wyatt (Anita); nieces Kathy Cummings Alford, Judy Cummings Lee, June Haile (Kenneth), Laura Taylor (Mike); King family--brother-in-law, Kenneth King (Anne) and sister-in-law, Lois King as well as many nieces and nephews-in-law; Godchild, Campbell Garber. Harvey was a graduate of Humes High School in Memphis with B. S. and M.S. degrees in Accounting from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He was a veteran of the US Army, serving at the end of the Korean War in Seoul, Korea. He began his accounting career with General Electric in Schenectady, NY then to Cincinnati. Homesick for the south, he began his 26-yr career with South Central Bell (now AT&T) as Operations Manager-Cost Accounting. After retirement, he became a Discussion Leader in the men’s Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) for 13 years. He enjoyed his fitness program at Vanderbilt’s Dayani Center and worked with the exceptional staff and friends who encouraged each other to exercise and to achieve the best quality of life even through illness and disabilities. He was our hero, friend, mentor, and a true Southern Gentleman. Harvey was a member of Christ Presbyterian Church and will be remembered for his gentle smile, gracious ways, and loving-kindness with a passion for the Bible and as prayer leader for Kingdom Seekers Sunday School class for 16 years. Visitation with the family will be from four until seven in the evening, Thursday, January 9, 2020, Woodlawn-Roesch Patton Funeral Home. Interment will be at ten o'clock in the morning, Friday, Woodlawn Cemetery. A memorial service will be conducted at eleven-thirty in the morning, Friday, January 10, 2020, Christ Presbyterian Church with Dr. Charles McGowan officiating. Pallbearers will be family and friends. His family requests memorial contributions be made to Christ Presbyterian Church, The Benevolence Fund, 2323 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville, TN 37215, and wants to express their gratitude for the many expressions of kindness, caring, compassion, and helpfulness during Harvey’s extended illness with special thanks to Dr. Hyatt D. Sutton, staff of Woodcrest at Blakeford, caregivers of Brookdale Green Hills, and Insa Dabo. Harvey was “like the light of morning at sunrise on a cloudless morning, like the brightness after rain that brings the grass from the earth.”


  • Gathering of Family & Friends Thursday, January 9, 2020
  • Graveside Service Friday, January 10, 2020
  • Memorial Service Friday, January 10, 2020


Harvey Ray Cummings

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Melissa Putnam

January 10, 2020

So saddened to hear about the passing of Mr. Harvey. He was indeed a joy to see at The Dayani center where he attended so often with Ms. Helen. He enjoyed exercising in the water and we enjoyed seeing his smiling face and sharing jokes/laughs. Mr. Harvey will be so ever missed. I know Ms. Helen will continue to keep his Memory alive. They truly loved one another. We will miss you Mr. Harvey....

Barbara and James Nash

January 9, 2020

Helen, We send our sympathies on Harvey's death. We were always glad to see him at Dayani and enjoyed knowing him and you there. Our best wishes in the days ahead. Barbara and Jim Nash

David McFadden

January 9, 2020


As in his obituary, I will always remember Harvey as the quintessential Southern gentleman. Whenever I saw you both together, whatever the occasion, you both always had a sparkle in your eyes. May God bless and keep you.

Bob Frutchey

January 9, 2020

Harvey was a brother in Christ, but truly a spiritual mentor to me. His calming presence and sweet smile always reminded me of a greater peace that lies ahead and beyond any storm on the horizon. All the way until his last days, he had the sweetest prayers and a love to sing hymns. Even when he didn’t have a voice at the end, he would still pump his fist in the air with praise anytime someone would mention the word heaven. I will miss Harvey, but celebrate the Godly man he was.

Vicky Phelps

January 9, 2020

The Lord opened his door for me to meet and help care for Mr. Harvey for about 8 or 9 months, while he was at Bookdale and Woodcrest. We spent a lot of time together. I will always remember his laughter, his sense of humor and most of all, his voice. He loved to sing. We would sing gospel songs together. I will truly miss him. I send love to Mrs. Helen, his family and his church family, who always came to visit.

Michael Wright

January 8, 2020

I was a leader in Bible Study Fellowship with Harvey for several years. Harvey was a bright light to all of the men and to me. A man of grace, integrity and filled with the Holy Spirit who worked and lived his life as unto the Lord, God.
His faith has been rewarded. Blessings, hope and peace to Helen and all the family.

Peter Toth

January 8, 2020

I had the privilege of serving with Harvey for several years in the Nashville Men's Bible Study Fellowship Class. He has been truly described as a "Southern Gentleman". I love this old fashioned title because it implies nobility of purpose and depth of spirit. You see, Harvey one of a few men that I have known that consistently embodied those qualities, and sought to inspire it in others. Who knows how many lives were touched by Harvey's kindness? He was unashamed of his faith in Jesus Christ, and it was evident to all. He revealed it not just by speech, but by his very character qualities. Harvey set a high standard for the rest of us, and I thank God for him. He inspires the rest of us to be able to say as the Apostle Paul said in 2 Timothy 4:7 "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."

John Callender

January 8, 2020

What a gentleman and a kind and friendly human being . It a blessing to have known him. I regret we saw so little of each other after our retirements. Helen, take care, peace.

Lynn Henderson

January 7, 2020

My deepest sympathy to you & your family, Helen, in the death of Harvey. He was a “Prince” of a man with a gentle spirit, kind, compassionate heart, & always an encouraging word & warm smile for all those he met. He loved you so much Helen - always had a spark in his eye when he called your name. I will forever remember the many times we prayed together & his humble offering of thanks & praise to God for all his blessings. He shared those blessings with so many through generous gifts of his time, energy, wisdom, & love. These gifts have no price- they come straight from the heart. What a tremendous influence for good Harvey was in the lives of those he touched!
My love & prayers go out to you dear Helen. May Gods love bring you peace & comfort. And may the precious memories of a life filled with adoring love warm your heart in the days ahead.
All my love,

Jacqueline (“Jackie”) Woodward

January 7, 2020

Dear Helen, Barb Batson at the Dayani Center let me know of Harvey’s death. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy on your loss. I always enjoyed seeing him and you at Dayani and especially enjoyed sitting next to him and you at Dalt’s for the luncheon you arranged for all the watercize classes at Dayani one Christmas.
As you may know, my husband and I now live in Blakeford, which is under the same roof as Woodcrest. When I heard that Harvey was there the first time after a fall, I visited him and found him smiling and cheerful. He was very pleased with the services at Woodcrest and was, as always, unfailingly polite to me. I shall miss him. May he grow daily in the love of God. Sincerely, Jackie Woodward