Born In 1949 on the 27th Day of May
In the Original Harlem Hospital. His Mother was Aldine Moorer, of South Carolina and His Father's was, Illinois Cummings, also from South Carolina. The Two Had A family of 4 children. They Raised their family in Lower Manhattan.
Illinois Cummings, Jr. was the only boy. He had two older sisters, and one younger sister. Illinois always found a source of escape from his home through sports such as basketball. In his teenage years, basketball would eventually lead him to moving from The Big Apple to The City of Los Angeles. At the age of 23, he graduated from Los Angeles City College on June 16th of 1972 with an associate degree in art.
As family tradition would have it, his father had a history of parachuting in the Korean War. It is quite understandable that within than two years of Illinois returning to his home of New York City, he followed in his father’s footsteps and became a part of the United States Military by enlisting in the Air Force.
He served in the military from January 7, 1974 to October 25, 1977. He was stationed In Turkey as well as many locations. When Illinois would speak of his time in the military, he would often say "Those were the most horrific time's I have ever experienced. I have seen prisoners overseas, during those times, get treated better than us American's. We received love from the locals as if we were their personal troops."
His memories of war and the views on society, gave Illinois Cummings, Jr. ambition, not only to survive war, but to come back to his hometown of New York City, the Lower East Side mentally and physically stronger. Illinois embarked in a carrier in The NYC Department of Corrections (COBA). From the early 1980's up until the start of the 21st Century. Mr. Illinois Cummings was married and from that union, they were blessed with a son, Darius Cummings, born in 1982. His siblings, Doreen and Taj helped him to raise Darius.
Illinois and his wife separated in the Early 90's. Years later, Mr. Cummings began to prepare for his retirement. The city streets of New York at a Young age, as well as College, The U.S Air Force and The Corrections Officer's Benevolent Association, taught him the importance of diligently keeping up with schedules and always being on time. That is something that we can all tilt our hats to, but most importantly, his memory and well scheduled life that he lived.
Illinois Cummings, Jr. will be most remembered by his family as the uncle who made the weekends at his mother’s apartment in New York feel like a "Crab fest." Newspapers spread around to avoid Garlic butter and Old bay from getting on anything. He loved doing things for all his nieces and nephews.
Illinois purchased a home in New Jersey. The Escape from the neighborhood to his Home in New Jersey at one point was his “home away from home.”
For his friends and loved ones, that survived the 1960's with him whistling to Doo-wop music, him asking us kids to recite the tune and for the stubborn and firm discipline he applied to us as a family. He believed in morals and knew what it took to keep those around him happy and comfortable.
We will practice the same traditions you did. We will continue to add to your sacrifices for those things to continue. You are loved, honored, and missed by all.
Mr. Cummings lived out his last days amongst his "GrandTwin" aka Grandson.
Jadice Illinois Cummings, as well as son and daughter-in-law all cared for and catered to him throughout his transitioning. His well-earned days of retirement were enjoyed by watching comedy and cartoons that he and his Gemini Twin would only understand, CNN & Jeopardy to give his grandson some questions to ask.
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