In Memoriam | April 2018

M. Wayne Cummings, JD '51

M. Wayne Cummings passed away April 6, 2018. He was born October 15, 1928 in Gatesville, Texas. He graduated from Baylor University School of law in 1951. He then served as First LT. Judge Advocate General's Corps for the United States Army, attaining the rank of Captain during his tenure in the Officers' Reserve Corps where he was honorably discharged in 1963. He began practicing law in 1955 with Federal Land Bank of Houston followed by Underwood, Wilson, Sutton, Heare and Boyce in Amarillo. In 1961 he joined Diamond Shamrock Oil and Gas, later Maxus Energy Corporation, where he retired in 1991 as Vice President and General Counsel of Diamond Shamrock Exploration Company and Assistant General Counsel of Maxus Energy. From 1991 to 2017, he served as Of Counsel to Sprouse, Shrader Smith PLLC law firm and its predecessor. He retired from the Sprouse Firm on September 30, 2017 at which time he became an inactive member of the State Bar Association of Texas.

Everybody loved Wayne, from his family, friends, neighbors and co-workers, to everyone whose lives he touched. He had a passionate joy for life, which showed in many ways, but especially in his love of jokes and stories. He loved the Lord and lived his life as an example of how a Godly man should live.

He married his wife of 52 years, Betty, in 1965. Together they raised five daughters and one son. Throughout their marriage Wayne and Betty realized their dream of traveling the world, visiting many continents and countries. He also enjoyed a good game of golf and was a fan of George Strait and John Wayne.

Wayne delighted in family and especially loved the times when they were all together. He is survived by his wife, Betty, his six children and their spouses, his 10 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

Larry M. Cunningham, JD ’74

Larry M. Cunningham of Corpus Christi passed away Feb. 14, 2018. Cunningham was born in Denton in 1944 to Ben and Cecil Cunningham. He graduated from Denton High School in 1963 and served with the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War. He was a graduate of the University of North Texas and Baylor Law School. He practiced law for 43 years concentrating on court appointments and Child Protective Services cases in Corpus Christi. He enjoyed golf, video games, bowling, reading, travel and watching "Survivor" and supporting the Texas Rangers.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Jimmie Cunningham. Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Anne; children, Heather Cunningham and Krystal Cunningham; and many other family and friends.