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CHARLOTTE — Robert “Bo” McCrary Cummings, 66, died on May 3, 2021, after a lifelong struggle against social conventions, arbitrary rules, and norms.

He was surrounded by his loving family at the time of his passing.

Bo was born in Raleigh, NC to Elizabeth McCrary Simmons and Alton T. Cummings. He was raised in Asheboro, NC and later High Point, NC by his mother and step-father, Charles H. Simmons.

He graduated from The Darlington School in Rome, GA, and attended St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, NC. Bo came of age in the Sixties, and, like many of his peers, eschewed violence and rejected American military engagement in Vietnam.

He sought a life out-of-doors and was drawn to the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, where he worked as a commercial fisherman. He later moved to the town of Bellingham, Washington, where he was surrounded by the water and embraced by the company of many like-minded friends.

Although he returned to North Carolina in his later years, the Pacific Northwest was where he felt most at home. He loved the rip and roar of blues music and Harley-Davidson motorcycles and was as quick-witted as they come — an artful mischief in the game of bar banter — yet he lived a quiet and relatively solitary life.

He was a gentle spirit, an avid reader and library patron, and a devoted listener of National Public Radio. With his usual wry sense of humor, he was telling jokes that had his siblings laughing until the very end.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Elizabeth M. Simmons.

He is survived by Charles H. Simmons of High Point; sisters, Ann Barnes Robertson of Charlotte, NC and Elizabeth “Lizbet” McCrary Simmons of Los Angeles, CA; a brother, James English Simmons of Chester, MD; and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts to North Carolina Public Radio WFAE Charlotte.