Homeless Vietnam veteran will be laid to rest Thursday morning

SHEILA A. MATHEWS :::

Thomas Earl Cummings, the 70-year-old homeless veteran who died April 10 as a result of injuries he sustained when struck by a vehicle March 24, will be laid to rest at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 2, 2019.

Spalding County Coroner Sonny Foster, his staff and Georgia State Patrol Trooper Logan Pryor spent weeks attempting to locate Cummings’ next of kin, but no one who was identified came forward to claim his remains.

Cummings was ultimately cremated, but having been identified as a United States veteran who served two years in Vietnam, he will not be buried in the Pauper’s Cemetery.

Instead, Cummings will be buried with military honors in Griffin’s Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Foster said Cummings’ life and service will be memorialized by local veterans and citizens.

“We also found out he graduated from Griffin High School in 1966. Some of his classmates remember him and they’re going to be there for his service,” Foster said, adding that Cummings also played baseball.

The community is welcome to attend Cumming’s service.

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