John Donald Cumby, age 74 of Suwanee, GA died Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at his home after a six year three month battle with lung cancer. 

A graveside service will be 2:00 PM Saturday, January 4, 2020  at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Carthage., NC. The family will receive friends in the fellowship hall following the service. 

A native of Forsyth County, NC he was a son of the late Henry and Edith (Shutt) Cumby of Winston Salem. Don served in the US Navy from 1967 to 1970 where he was an Aerographer Third Class on the USS Ticonderoga during the Vietnam War. He was awarded the Vietnam Service Medal with One Bronze Star. He received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Operations from North Carolina State in 1972.  Don was employed as a piping engineer and senior engineer at nuclear power plants across the country. In later years, he worked in HVAC for the C.C. Dickson Company in Doraville. 

He was an eagle scout, an avid sports fan, outdoorsman, and fly fisherman. Don was a doting grandfather and dedicated family man.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother Mickey Cumby of Cusseta, Georgia.

He is survived by his wife, Emma Dowd Cumby of Suwanee, Georgia; two sons, Will (Adrianna) and Nick (Tara) Cumby; three grandsons, Liam, Archer, and Jackson Cumby, all of Johns Creek, Georgia; two sisters, Jane Bullard of Mocksville, North Carolina and Billie Kimel of Winston Salem, North Carolina; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, we request that donations be sent to Doug Bullard, Don’s nephew who is battling lung cancer, at 294 Split Creek Lane, Mocksville, North Carolina 27028.

Services are entrusted to Fry & Prickett Funeral Home, Carthage, NC. 

An online register is available at


Graveside Service: January 4, 2020 2:00 pm

Bethlehem Baptist Church
1838 Bethlehem Church Road
Cathage, NC 28327


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  1. Emma Jo and family, so sorry for your loss. You & your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.,

    Love you,
    Mickey & Mona Kirkland

  2. Love and prayers to you all!! May God wrap his loving arms around you and give you the peace that only he can.

  3. You have my deepest and sincere sympathy. I have such fond memories of visits with Aunt Edith and Uncle Henry, and of course trips down to the swimming hole with Don on summer days. He was an exceptional man.

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