March 12, 1930 - November 2, 2020
CMSgt Alfred S. Gummerson, USAF, Retired, 90, widower of Miriam K. Gummerson, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 2, 2020, at the home of his daughter.
Born March 12, 1930, in Newton, New Jersey, he was a son of the late Stanley Gummerson and the late Margaret Begraft. He graduated from Newton High School in 1947 and entered the Army Air Force the same week. Upon completion of basic training, he was assigned to the 20th Fighter Group as Shaw Field. He completed Jet Propulsion Mechanic School in 1948 and served the 20th Fighter Group from 1947 to 1955. He trained and deployed to Europe with the First Air Force Wing with tactical nuclear weapons in 1951 – 1952. Tours of duty include 20th, 312th, 329th, and 387th Fighter Groups of TAC and ADC; 56th Air Commando Wing, 377th ABG and 56th Special Operations Wings of PACAF; Headquarters 9th AF, Ftr/Recon Branch, Director of Logistics of TAC; 10th TAC Recon Wing of USAFE, and the 68th Bomb Wing of SAC.
He was awarded the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, three Air Force Commendation Medals, the Republic of Vietnam Air Service Medal, and four Vietnam Service Medals.
He retired from the U.S. Air Force, Becton-Dickinson Vacutainer Systems, and was the owner of Apteryx Kiwi Farm.
He was a member of Northside Memorial Baptist Church, the Air Force Association, American Legion, Shaw AFB Chiefs Group, Top Enlisted Association of the US, B.P.O.E. (Elks) Lodge #2679 of Calabash, NC, Air Commando Association, and VFW Post 3034.
Survivors include four children, Dr. William M. Gummerson (Carrie) of Boone, NC, Karen Hyatt (Eddie Dew) of Sumter, Doris Barnette (Mark) of Sumter, and Curtis Gummerson; a brother, Joseph Goble of Ocala, FL; seven grandchildren, Justin Hyatt, Jordan Barnette, Rebecca Barnette, Meredith Gummerson, Emma Gummerson, Samantha Hollis, and Lillian West; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, James Gummerson. A graveside service with full military honors was held.