Melvin T. Bumpus Sr.

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RACINE - Melvin T. Bumpus, Sr., 67, received the promise of eternal life on Monday, June 11, 2012. He was born in Paducah, KY, on August 2, 1944, son of the late Thomas Lee and Susie Elizabeth (nee: Owens) Bumpus. Melvin received his education from Max S. Hayes Vocational School in Cleveland, OH. He proudly and faithfully served his country with the U.S. Army. Melvin was united in marriage in Racine on January 28, 1983, to Elvira (nee: Hamilton) Bumpus. He worked as a hammer man for Walker-Forge, Inc. from 1967 until 1994. Melvin then worked for Ross's Construction until he retired in 1997. Melvin was an avid NASCAR fan and loved to watch the races. He was a member of the High Rollers Motorcycle Club. Melvin was a Budweiser man and enjoyed cooking on the grill. He was the life of the party, loved music, and was always the one to make people laugh or smile. Melvin's greatest love was for his family and grandchildren who will miss him dearly. Melvin leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Elvira Bumpus of Racine; children, Melvin (LaTasha) Bumpus, Jr., Perry Witherspoon, Candace Bumpus, Daryl (Lucy) Hawkins, Karen Hawkins, Starlynn (Guy) Daley, all of Racine; 24 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Angeline Prescott of Milwaukee, Thomas (Tammy) Bumpus, Mary Jo Williams, both of Racine, Ralph (Norma) Bumpus of Twinsburg, OH, Mary (Charles) Houston, Asentha Bell, Alfonso Bumpus, all of Nashville, TN, James Bumpus, Jr. of Colorado Springs, CO, Charlotte (Bobby) Green of Menomonee Falls; best friend, Howard Bruce of Cleveland, OH; and other dear relatives and friends too numerous to mention. In addition to his parents, Melvin is preceded in death by his second parents, James (Pearl) Bumpus; son, Bruce Hawkins; brother, Willie Knight; grandchildren, LaDarris Hawkins, Alivia Hawkins, and Melvin T. Bumpus III. A homegoing celebration for Melvin will take place on Friday, June 15, 2012, 11am, at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, 1123 Center Street, with Rev. Melvin D. Hargrove officiating. Visitation will be in the funeral home on Thursday, June 14, 2012, 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., at Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home, 4600 County Line Road, and again at church on Friday from 10a.m. until the time of the service. Interment will take place on Monday, June 18, 2012, 10a.m., at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Union Grove. Procession to the cemetery will leave from the funeral home on Monday at 9a.m. DRAEGER-LANGENDORF FUNERAL HOME 4600 COUNTY LINE RD 262-552-9000

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Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home & Crematory
4600 County Line Rd. Racine, WI 53403
(262) 552-9000
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Published in Racine Journal Times on June 14, 2012
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