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Wade Bumgarner
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Mr. Wade Bumgarner, age 73, husband of Diane Church Bumgarner of Wilkesboro passed away Thursday, September 13, 2018 at Wake Forest Baptist-Wilkes Medical Center.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, September 22, 2018 at Pilgrim Baptist Church with Pastor Derek Kilby, Rev. Dennis Love and Rev. Rex Eldreth officiating. Burial will be in Pilgrim Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 12:30 until 1:30 PM prior to the service at the church.

Wade graduated from West Wilkes High School in 1963 where he played basketball, baseball and football and later attended Wilkes Community College. He worked as a serviceman at Holly Farms, was self-employed with Supreme Guttering and Siding, and then became an agent with NC Farm Bureau where he retired from in 2009. He went on two mission trips to Africia where he helped build churches in 1998 and 2002. He also made several mission trips to New York. He worked with Pilgrim Outreach in the food pantry, delivering food and counseling people spiritually. Wade was an avid outdoorsman. He loved hunting and fishing, especially with his grandchildren. Wade was a devoted man of God, and a loving husband, dad, papa, brother and friend. He never met a stranger and he wouldn’t let anything stand in the way of being there for anyone in need. Doing the Lord’s work and being there for his family were his priorities in his life.

We turn to God’s Word to sum up the life of this wonderful man, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant” - Matthew 25:21

Mr. Bumgarner was born December 1, 1944 in Wilkes County to Paul M. and Ruby Dancy Bumgarner. He was a deacon and a choir member of Pilgrim Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife; Diane Church Bumgarner of the home, one daughter; Kimberly Bumgarner Church of Wilkesboro, one son; Jeff Bumgarner and wife; Laura of Millers Creek, three grandchildren; Christopher Glenn Church, McKayla Bumgarner Faw and husband Jordan, Grayson Walker Bumgarner, two brothers; Charles Bumgarner and wife Toni Jo and Fred Bumgarner and wife Peggy all of Wilkesboro.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Pilgrim Baptist Church Building Fund, PO Box 1517, Millers Creek, NC 28651.

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Pilgrim Baptist Church

493 Pilgrim Church Road
Wilkesboro, NC 28697





2:00 PM
Pilgrim Baptist Church

493 Pilgrim Church Road
Wilkesboro, NC 28697

Cemetery Details


Pilgrim Baptist Church Cemetery

493 Pilgrim Baptist Ch. Rd.
Wilkesboro, NC 28697

Memorial Contribution

Pilgrim Baptist Church Building Fund

PO Box 1517
Millers Creek, NC 28651

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