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Maceo S. Cummings

September 23, 1952 March 26, 2016
Maceo S. Cummings
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We Will Celebrate
The Life & Legacy 
of Our Beloved

MACEO S. CUMMINGS
 
Friday, April 22, 2016
 

at Christ Community Church of Philadelphia
4017 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA  19104
 
A quiet hour with family 
from 10:00 a.m. - 10:55 a.m. 
Service at 11:00 a.m. 
 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to 
Christ Community Church of Philadelphia Scholarship Fund
"In Honor of Maceo S. Cummings"

 
 
 
 
 
LIFE STORY
 
Maceo Scott Cummings
Obituary
 
Early Saturday morning, March 26, 2016, Maceo Scott Cummings transitioned to be in the arms of the Lord. He was 63 years old. He was the fourth child of the late Holsie B. and Alma Mae Cummings, born on September 23, 1952 in Sandersville, Georgia. His family moved to Philadelphia, PA in 1954 where they resided on the 6100 block of Chestnut Street. He attended both public and parochial schools and graduated from Saint Thomas Moore High School in 1970.

 
Maceo continued his education at Community College of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Textiles and Science (now Philadelphia University) and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. He enlisted in the United States Army Reserve, where he served as a Medic for 14 years until he was honorably discharged in 1982.
 
In the late 1970’s, Maceo joined Girard Bank and worked in their West Philadelphia branch offices under the mentorship of Alan L. Brown who would become a lifelong friend. In the late 1980’s Maceo began his career with the City of Philadelphia as a Client Relations Specialist at the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC). In 1987 he was promoted to Project Manager/Assistant to the Executive Vice President and in 1988, he was promoted to Vice President. As a result of his work ethic, in September 1989, Maceo was promoted to Deputy Director and transferred to the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.  In October 1992, Maceo’s excellent work product resulted in his promotion to Deputy Director of the Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD) and in March 1994, he was promoted to Chief Executive Officer at the Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation (PHDC).
 
The Temple Group Inc. recognized Maceo’s expertise and appointed him Vice President in March 1999. In March 2014, he became Executive President of Camelot Developers, Inc. During his exemplary career, Mr. Cummings took a profound interest in enhancing the productivity and effectiveness of management and marked every professional experience with excellence. 
 
Maceo served the citizens of the City of Philadelphia with fairness, compassion, and an unwavering dedication to help them achieve. It was his voice, his advocacy and his presence that made a difference with the planning and ultimate roll out of the 52nd Street and Parkside Shopping Plaza. Maceo was a “drum major for justice” and equity for women and minority owned businesses.  He was a voice for the voiceless.  He has earned the respect and high regard of a cross section of citizens in the business, non-profit and grassroots community. In October 2015, he received a Citation from City Council, honoring and recognizing him for his lifetime achievements and loyal dedicated service to the City of Philadelphia.
 
After an extended courtship Maceo and Marcia Penn were married on June, 1, 2001. Out of that union came a blessing, their son, Marcus. The Cummings family became part of “The Village”, a group of parents, grandparents, children and their friends. Maceo marveled at the joys and achievements of the Village children, especially his son, Marcus, who gave him great pride in being accepted to Pennsylvania State University beginning Fall 2016.
 
Maceo was a sports enthusiast with exceptional knowledge for the game of football and an equal love for golf.  He thoroughly enjoyed sports and played baseball, basketball, golf and football. Maceo joined the Philadelphia Tough Touch Football League (PTTFL) as a player for years, then a coach and finally its President and was blessed to meet and develop friendships with so many fine men from every neighborhood in the city.
 
Most importantly, Maceo loved the Lord and was a proud member of Christ Community Church of Philadelphia (CCCP). His former affiliation with Resurrection Community Church prior to joining CCCP kept Maceo continually grounded in his faith. The Cummings have enjoyed a deeply spiritual enriching experience.
 
He was preceded in death by his brother Harvey. He is survived by his wife, Marcia, his son Marcus, daughters, Nicole, Fallyn Gardiner; sisters Mary Jackson and Gail Freeman; brother Jesse; in-laws, Ralph Sr. & Cornelia Penn; sister-in-law, Robin Penn-Clifton, and brothers-in-law, Ralph Penn Jr. and Bruce Clifton. He also leaves six grandchildren; Chane’L, Reginald, Nayyirah, NeRegah, Justice, and Naim and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives, friends, and “The Village.”
 
A Memorial service will be held on Friday, April 22 at 11 a.m. at Christ Community Church of Philadelphia, 4017 Chestnut Street. Arrangements handled by Wood Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Scholarship Fund at Christ Community Church of Philadelphia in memory of Maceo S. Cummings.
 
Lovingly and with appreciation,
The Family

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