Samuel Ben Cummins
Samuel Ben Cummins was born October 15, 1998 in Kansas City, Missouri. His
parents were members of Westbrooke Church and he grew up there. He attended
Center Schools and graduated from Center High School in May of 2017, and
attended Longview Community College the following year. In April 2018, he moved
to a transitional living program housing called ReStart where he lived until he died
on August 27, 2019.
Sam leaves behind his mother Tracy Cummins, his father Stephen Cummins,
brothers Judah Schad of Chicago, Aaron Schad of Colorado Springs, Nathan
(Hannah) Schad, and Joshua Cummins, paternal grandmother Carolyn Cummins,
maternal aunt Kim (Rodd) Mitchell, maternal uncle Thomas Mills, paternal uncle
Mark (Elizabeth) Cummins, and cousins Megan Mills, Jenny Mills (with her sons
Zachary and Jackson), Rachel (K.J. and children Laila and Tres).
Sam had many challenges in his life, but he was known for his good heart, gentle
soul, uncontrolled laughter, enthusiastic worship, his love of dancing (and he was
good!), his love of children and animals and his quirky ways. A diagnosis of
Asperger’s and OCD explained some of his challenges, but could not define who he
was. He was God’s special child and a gift to us that we often did not fully
appreciate. From the day he gave Jesus his life (as an adolescent), he followed
hard after Him and attempted to please Him in all he did. When he felt that he
failed in this, he was distraught, but (eventually) ran to Jesus and rested in His
grace. Sam knew without a doubt that he was loved by God and looked forward to
the day when Jesus would take him home. He is rejoicing.