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Dr. Thomas Riley Lumpkin of Tuscaloosa, Ala., a physician and educator, a community and church leader, and a loving family man, died Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. He was 87.

Lumpkin was a highly-respected family physician who began his medical career in 1959 in his hometown of Tuskegee, Ala., before moving his practice to Enterprise, Ala., in 1965.

In 1974 Lumpkin moved to Tuscaloosa to work with the University of Alabama as an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine in the College of Community Health Sciences and the University of Alabama School of Medicine, helping to build the newly founded Family Practice Residency Program. During two decades of work with the university, Lumpkin trained hundreds of medical students and family practice residents as a Professor of Family Medicine. He served as Interim Dean of the College of Community Health Sciences from 1979-1980. In 1991 he became Professor Emeritus.

Lumpkin was a leader in Alabama's medical field, serving as president of the Alabama Medical Association, the Alabama Academy of Family Physicians and the Alumni Association of the University of Alabama School of Medicine. He was Assistant State Health officer for West Alabama in 1990-91 and was a member of the Joint Commission for Accreditation of Hospitals and Health facilities from 1979-85. In 1994, Lumpkin was recipient of the Ira L. Myers Award for Excellence for his work promoting and protecting public health in Alabama.

Lumpkin attended the University of Alabama where he was a member of the Kappa Alpha fraternity. He graduated from the Medical College of Alabama in 1958.

He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps, rising to the rank of staff sergeant while serving in the U.S. during the Korean Conflict.

Lumpkin was a good man with a keen sense of civic responsibility who humbly walked with his Lord while loving his family and cheerfully serving his fellow man, working to leave each place he lived better than he found it.

He was a councilman for the City of Tuskegee from 1962-64.

In Enterprise, he organized the EMT Program, spearheaded the community effort to found the YMCA and was the founder and advisor for the Medical Explorer Post for the Boy Scouts. He was named the Enterprise Man of the Year in 1970.

He continued his civic work in Tuscaloosa, where he was a member of the T-Town Dream Team for drug prevention and treatment, was involved in the A+ town meeting for education reform and chaired the diplomat and nominating committees for the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama.

He was a member of the third Leadership Alabama Class in 1992-93 and served on the Alabama Insurance Board from 1993-95. Lumpkin was an organizer and board member of the Good Samaritan Clinic in Tuscaloosa from 1999 until he died.

A noted leader at Forest Lake United Methodist Church, Lumpkin taught Sunday school classes for decades. He was chairman of the Tuscaloosa District Methodist Board of Trustees from 2003-04.

One of Lumpkin's pet projects was his work with Rotary International. He served as president of the Enterprise Rotary Club from 1968-69 and president of the Tuscaloosa Rotary Club from 1993-94. He worked as Governor of Rotary District 6860 (northern Alabama) from 1997-98 and in 2005 he was one of 23 recipients across the world to receive the Rotary International Polio Plus Award for his dedication to eradicating that disease.

Lumpkin was born in Tuskegee, Ala., on Jan. 4, 1926, to W. Clifford and Harriet Graham Riley Lumpkin.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Jean Perry of Birmingham; four children, Leah Hobart (Chip) of Birmingham, Riley Lumpkin, Jr. (Janna) of Vance, Mary Lyman Boone (Kenneth) of Alexander City and Cliff Lumpkin (Angela) of Birmingham; eight grandchildren, Lauren Wise (Christopher), Brittany Hobart, Thomas Riley Lumpkin III, Reagan Lumpkin, Christopher Boone, Riley Frances Boone, James Boone and Olivia Lumpkin; and one great-grandchild, Kayne Wise.

Visitation will be held Sunday, Aug. 18 from 4-6 p.m. at Tuscaloosa Memorial Park. The funeral will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Forest Lake United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the Good Samaritan Clinic in Tuscaloosa or Hospice of West Alabama.

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Published in the Montgomery Advertiser from Aug. 15 to Aug. 16, 2013
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