Reverend Milford Thumm



DURHAM - Reverend Milford V. Thumm, a resident of 2600 Croasdaile Farm Parkway, died Tuesday night at Hospice of the Meadowlands. He would have celebrated his 95th birthday on Sunday, December 9th.

Milford was educated in the WVA school system and received his undergraduate degree from Morris Harvey College in Charleston, WVA in 1940. He then moved to Durham where he received his BD Degree from Duke Divinity School.

Upon his ordination he served in the Western North Carolina Conference of the Methodist Church, first in rural and then urban appointments. He served churches in Flat Rock, Summerfield, Bethel, Big Spring, Cullowhee, Asheville (Biltmore) Charlotte, (Grace and Mouzan,) Belmont, Mooresville, and finally, First High Poin.

Rev. Thumm served on the Bishops Committee on Investigations, was Wesley Foundation founder, and director in Cullowhee at Western Carolina College, member of the Western Conference Board of the Ministry for eleven years, and Chairman of the Conference of the Board of Trustees for 16 years and a member for 26 years.

After his retirement, Milford and Martha moved to Durham to be near their only child, Michael M. Thumm, who survives, as do two grandchildren, Melinda Thumm of Raleigh and Michael Thumm of Durham. Also, two sisters, Janice Woods of Springfield, MA and Doris Shank of Pinch, WVA.

A memorial service will be held Sunday at 3:00 PM at the Few Chapel at Croasdaile Village Rev. Laurie Hays Coffman officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date in the Columbarium at the First Methodist Church in High Point.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wesley Foundation, P.O. Box 2345, Cullowhee, NC 28723.

Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home is assisting the Thumm family. Online condolences may be submitted to, select obituaries.

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1005 West Main Street Durham, NC 27701
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Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Dec. 8, 2012