Dr. Harmon Dean Cummings

Dr. Harmon Dean Cummings

June 30, 1934 - December 21, 2021
Marietta, Ohio

Dr. Harmon Dean Cummings

June 30, 1934 - December 21, 2021
Marietta, Ohio


Dr. Harmon Dean Cummings, 87 of Marietta, OH, passed away on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at the Marietta Memorial Hospital, Marietta, OH.

Dean was born on June 30,1934 to the late Vernon and Esther Cummings in Oklahoma.

Doctor Cummings was the former head of the Music Department at Marietta College.

He was a U.S. Army veteran, member of Grace Baptist Church, Parkersburg, WV and many music affiliated organizations in the Marietta/Parkersburg area.
Dean was a graduate of Oklahoma State University and University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music, where he earned his PhD.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Elizabeth “Liz” Mathews Gilchrist Cummings; and sister, Betty.

He is survived by his sister-in-law, Sarah Gilchrist “Sally” Johnson and her husband Wayne of Charleston, WV; nephews, Christopher Mathews “Chris” (Trish) Johnson and Carl Leonard “Chip” Johnson; three great nephews, Alexander, Jackson and Blaine Johnson; great-niece, Olivia Johnson and numerous cousins and friends.

A private family graveside service will be held with Rev. Todd Hill officiating at Mountain View Cemetery, Charleston, WV where he will be interred beside his loving wife.

Many thanks to dear friends and neighbors who took an active caregiving role for Dean throughout his later years.

In lieu of flowers – donations may be made to: Grace Baptist Church, 55 Rosemar Rd, Parkersburg, WV 26104.

To express condolences, please visit www.barlowbonsall.com.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston, WV.

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  • Address: 55 Rosemar Road, Parkersburg, WV 26104

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5 responses to Dr. Harmon Dean Cummings

  1. So sorry to read of Dean’s passing.

  2. Our deepest condolences on the loss of Dean. We are so glad we had an opportunity to know him. He was a special person who will be so sorely missed.

    Hirschi Family

  3. Sally, I’m very sorry to learn of Dean’s passing. He was a very sweet man. My parents lived across the street from Liz and Dean in Marietta, Ohio. Dad and Dean were the best of buddies. I’m sure Dean talked about Mr. Bonar (Carl) often. I visited Dean several times after Liz passed. He always enjoyed my visits and the Pecan Pie. I know Dean had several health concerns but now he is fine, being with Liz once again.

  4. Barb Hintz says:

    I have fond memories of both Dean and Liz and our many conversations and fellowshipping. Both will be missed by many, and especially you, Sally. I had two sisters, now only one.
    May our Lord’s love and peace be with you and yours.

  5. marj teague says:

    I knew Dean just a little bit. My two children took piano lessons from Liz. She always spoke of Dean as being a good, Godly man. She grieved about his leg. But now they are together. I did portraits of their dogs, so I guess they’re a happy little group once again!.

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