He was born March 4, 1928 in Massac County, the son of Robert Logan and Outha Mabel Harris Cummins, and the third oldest of five siblings.
Mr. Cummins attended McKendree College in Lebanon, an affiliate of the United Methodist Church.
He later attended Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary on the campus of Northwestern University in Evanston, where he earned his master of divinity.
Prior to attending Garrett Theological, Mr. Cummins served in the U.S Air Force as an air traffic controller with time spent at Scott AFB near Belleville.
Mr. Cummins spent most of his full-time career as a minister for the United Methodist Church, Illinois Great Rivers Conference in Southern Illinois.
He later worked in the financial services industry, and upon retirement, spent much of his time volunteering and working part-time for several churches in Idaho and Florida.
He most recently served as visitation pastor at First United Methodist Church of Cocoa.
Growing up in his hometown of Metropolis, he attended First Methodist Church where his father was a member for 66 years. In those days, his family and friends affectionately knew him as “Johnny Bill”.
He is survived by his wife of seven years, Delice Cummins; his daughter, Cindy Collins and husband Kent of Twin Falls, Idaho; two sons, J. Michael Cummins and wife Diana of Orlando, Fla. and Tony Cummins and wife Lucinda of Dallas, Texas; one brother, Jerry Cummins and wife Susan Easterday Cummins of Hinsdale; surviving grandchildren, Kirk and Amy Houser, sons Alex and Ian, Lake Charles, La.; Jason and Heidi Houser, children Benjamin, Brandon and Abby of Twin Falls, Idaho; Joshua and Linda Houser, children Kylie, Matthew and Caleb of Saratoga Springs, Utah; Shawn and Sue Cummins, son Spencer of Cumming, Ga.; Dustin and Mary Cummins, sons Carter and Blake, Marietta, Ga.; Tiffany Cummins, Orlando; daughters of Tony and Lucinda, Caitlin and Grace Cummins of Dallas; Jeremy and LeAnne Sasser Collins, children Alissa, Elijah and Wyatt of Pagosa Springs, Colo.; great granddaughter Ashley and Joe Ransom and great-great-grandson, Brady Ransom of Boise, Idaho.
Mr. Cummins is preceded in death by his first wife of 53 years, Louise Reynolds Cummins of Metropolis; two sisters, Jean Byrd of Savannah, Ga. and Phyllis Morgan of Metropolis; and one brother, David Cummins of Metropolis
At his request, he was cremated.
A memorial service was held on Friday at First United Methodist Church of Cocoa.