Bill Cummins

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Reverend Bill “B.R.” Cummins, 87, of O’Fallon, IL, born May 1, 1931, in Mount Vernon, IL, died Friday, March 22, 2019, at Cedar Ridge Health & Rehab Center, Lebanon, IL.

Bill graduated from Mount Vernon High School and enlisted in the National Guard Unit out of Mount Vernon, IL.  He attended McKendree College, Lebanon, IL, and while there his National Guard Unit was called to serve in the Korean Conflict from 1951 – 1953.  He then returned to and graduated from McKendree College in 1957.  Bill then attended Eden Theological Seminary in Webster Groves, MO, and graduated in 1964 with a master’s degree.  He served as a minister in the former United Methodist Southern Illinois Conference for 29 years and the Illinois South Conference of the United Church of Christ for 21 years.

Rev. Cummins was active in the Southwestern Illinois College Senior Companion Program (PSOP). He was a member of the Korean War Veterans Association and as a member helped establish the Korean War Veterans Association scholarship at SWIC. He was a life-long member of the American Legion and  was a Third-Degree Mason.

He was preceded in death by two granddaughters, Rachel Koch and Elizabeth Koch; his parents, Joseph and Chloe, nee Wicks, Cummins; and a brother, Robert Maurice Cummins.

Surviving are his loving wife of 30 years, Cynthia, nee Land, Cummins, whom he married on November 25, 1989;
two daughters, Catherine (Bob) Koch of New Athens, IL, and Jacqueline (Jon) Snider of Troy, IL;
a son, John (Lori) Cummins of Lebanon, IL;
ten grandchildren, William Koch, Jacob (Kaylee) Snider, Jared (Sophia) Snider, Joshua Cummins, Ryan (Laurin) Cummins, Addison (Tia) Cummins, Evan Cummins, Carson Cummins, Nelson Cummins, and Coleman Cummins;
four great-grandchildren, Jasper Snider, Lillyan, Oliver, and Eleanor Cummins;
a brother-in-law, David (Kathy) Land of Fairfield, IL;
and a sister-in-law, Judith (Jim) Moore of Newburgh, IN.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Union United Methodist Church, Belleville, IL, to St. Paul United Church of Christ, Belleville, IL, to Programs and Services for Older Persons (PSOP) Belleville – Senior Companion Program, to the American Parkinson’s Disease Association, Greater St. Louis Chapter, to the Alzheimer Association of Greater Missouri, or to Eden Theological Seminary.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 30, 2019, at Union United Methodist Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 30, 2019, at Union United Methodist Church, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Dr. Robert Koch, Rev. Jeff Schwab, and Rev. Dr. Joseph Sheets officiating.

Interment will be at Big Prairie United Methodist Church Cemetery, Carmi, IL, at a later date.


17 Comments on Bill Cummins

Daniel Fry said : Guest Report Nov 01, 2019 at 6:15 PM

I’m sorry for the lateness of this. I served as music director at St. Paul in Belleville for almost 6 years, and it was my pleasure to see Rev. Cummins in attendance at the service, with always a supportive word and friendly smile. I’m saddened by his passing. Well done, good and faithful servant!

  • Quincy
  • IL
Deb Stewart Schroeder said : Guest Report May 01, 2019 at 4:38 PM

Cathy, Jackie, John - I just read your dad's obituary on the Illinois Great Rivers Conference website. The Stewart family has many, many fond memories from years ago - our families get togethers, the many camping trips, the hay loft in the barn, ghost hands sticking out of the ground in the cemetery - I could go on and on. May you find great comfort knowing that he has been reunited with loved ones gone before and someday you will all be reunited.

  • Steeleville
  • Illinois
Judi Caveglia said : Guest Report Apr 01, 2019 at 5:38 PM

Dear Cynthia, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.

  • Sun City Center
  • FLorida 33573
Dee and Linda Monge said : Guest Report Mar 29, 2019 at 8:04 PM

We send our love and sympathy to all. BR was such a loving pastor. We have fond memories of his time in the Fairfield Church.

  • Fairfield
  • Illinois
Debra Perry said : Guest Report Mar 28, 2019 at 11:40 PM

John, so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. Condolences to your entire family.

  • Pawnee
  • IL
Bishop Frank J. Beard said : Guest Report Mar 27, 2019 at 2:55 PM

To the Family and friends of Bill, “B.R.” Cummins, I want to express my deep sorrow to you over the loss of your beloved, “B.R.”, husband, father, grandfather, pastor and friend. As you reflect on his life and the gift that he was to you, it is my prayer that you will experience God's comfort and love. Grace and Peace, †Bishop Frank J. Beard

  • Springfield
  • IL
Susan Cochran Young said : Guest Report Mar 27, 2019 at 2:20 AM

I have fond memories of Reverend Cummins as I grew up in the Fairfield First UMC. My condolences to the family.

  • Elsah
  • IL
Susan Brake said : Guest Report Mar 27, 2019 at 12:50 AM

We have many fond memories of B. R. during his time at Fairfield. Condolences to his family.

  • Fairfield
  • IL
Lawrence D. Bryan said : Guest Report Mar 26, 2019 at 11:22 PM

Thanks to Ms. Willson’s notice re: Pastor Cummins’ passing, I would have failed to extend a word of condolence. While I do not recall visiting with Rev. Cummins, I most certainly remember the Rev. Dr. Bob Koch. He was very clearly one of the finest students I was privileged to know and instruct during my years at McKendree College. Please extend my warmest wishes to the wonderful extended family of the admirable and knowledgeable Rev. Cummins. The Rev. Dr. Lawrence D. Bryan

  • Martinsville
  • Indiana
Ken Hayden said : Guest Report Mar 26, 2019 at 11:15 PM

Bill and his family had a profound influence on me and Evelyn to enter into ordained ministry. We are grateful. Our prayers and thanks to him.

  • Centralia
  • IL
Tammy Lee said : Guest Report Mar 26, 2019 at 2:43 PM

BR was our pastor during my high school years. I really enjoyed him. He performed the wedding ceremony for my husband and me. He was a wonderful man. My deepest condolences to his family.

  • Fairfield
  • Illinois
Sandra Bloos said : Guest Report Mar 26, 2019 at 2:37 PM

Cynthia and family: I am so sorry for your loss. My father, Russell Klein was so very fond of Bill and spoke of him alot. I had lot of respect for Rev Cummins. My prayers and thoughts are with you.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Fr. Mark Reyling said : Guest Report Mar 26, 2019 at 2:36 PM

Pastor Bob and Catherine - Please accept the prayers and sympathy of the Parish Family of St. Agatha in New Athens. Dave and Kathy - Please accept the sympathy of the Reyling family.

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Doug Wilson said : Guest Report Mar 26, 2019 at 3:08 AM

Condolences to the family. I grew up in the Methodist church in Fairfield. BR had a positive influence on me while growing up in the church. He will be greatly missed by all.

  • Fairfield
  • Illinois
Ken & Rita Otey said : Guest Report Mar 25, 2019 at 8:34 PM

BR was very influential in our walk with God. He always had a warm smile and a great sense of humour. Our sincerest sympathy to his family and many friends.

  • Fairfield
  • IL
Ginny Reynolds said : Guest Report Mar 25, 2019 at 7:55 PM

Condolences to all of the family. BR officiated for our marriage almost 40 years ago so he is special to us. He will be missed.

  • Fairfield
  • Illinois
Rick Stein said : Guest Report Mar 25, 2019 at 6:25 PM

So sorry for your loss, Bill will be greatly missed! My thoughts and prayers are with you all! Sincerely, Rick Stein and Family

  • MtCarmel
  • IL

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