Darrel lost his battle with cancer, but he did NOT lose faith in his God, and his promises in the Bible.
He was born in a logging camp near Blakely, Arkansas, where he joined his parents Charles Jesse and Dessie Jewel Cummings and sister Jerolene. When Darrel was three, the family then moved to Southern California where other family had relocated.
He became an avid reader at a young age and fascinated by many different subjects, that reading became a lifetime habit.
He finished his schooling in Arkansas, graduated high school in Oden, and attended Arkansas Tech for some time.
Returning to California he married Vicki Russo, and had a daughter Gael Ann, also raised step-son, Steven Braly. He then started a career at Solar Turbines in San Diego, retiring as a test lab supervisor. He took classes at several community colleges, including cooking and music theory.
He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially the youngest grandkids Isabelle, Jesse, and Jack from Gael (Paul) Selman.
His life changed again, when in 2002, he married Marge Grant, a longtime acquaintance from Lemon Grove. He moved to Oregon, became active in the Diamond Lake Cong of Jehovah’s Witnesses. He touched the lives of many and was known for his kindness, friendliness & generosity. He will be missed greatly.
He is survived by loving wife, Marge, loving daughter, Gael and family, loving son, Steve and wife, Sarah. Also surviving is his sister, Sharon, from New Mexico, grandson, Justin Braly (Erin) and great-grandsons, Keller and Sawyer, his nephews Gary Wollberg and family, and Larry Wollberg from San Diego area, as well as some cousins from Arkansas, and many, many friends.
Plans are being made for a memorial/potluck at a later date.