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Robert Taft Bumgarner

November 4, 1937 August 1, 2018
Robert Taft Bumgarner
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Obituary for Robert Taft Bumgarner

Robert Taft Bumgarner, age 80, of Wilkesboro, NC, passed away on Wednesday, August 1, 2018, surrounded by his family.

Born November 4, 1937, Bob was the beloved son of the late David Taft Bumgarner and Margaret Cloninger Bumgarner of Lenoir; husband of Pinkie Bumgarner of Wilkesboro; father of Mark D. (Aimee) Bumgarner of Weaverville and Tracy N. Bumgarner of Lenoir, step-father of Robin M. Metz of Wilkesboro and brother of Betty B. (Bill) Williams of Lenoir. He is survived also by five grandchildren: Sara H. Huskins, Matthew R. Huskins, Kathryn M. Bumgarner, Andrew B. Bumgarner and Benjamin D. Bumgarner; two step-grandsons, Chandler B. Metz and Quinton D. Metz; a niece and nephew, a great-niece, and many special friends.

Bob graduated from Lenoir High School and attended Berea College in Kentucky before being hired onto the survey crew at Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation in 1957. He was later promoted to Director of Data Processing in the corporate office before being named Watauga District Manager in 1972 and moving to Boone. Working at BREMCo his entire career, Bob retired in 1995.

As a young man, Bob served as president of the Lenoir Jaycees and was named North Carolina Man of the Year. He is also remembered for having pledged the first African-American member of the Jaycees, Sam Patterson. After moving to Boone, Bob became an active member of the local Rotary Club and received the Paul Harris Fellow award.

Always an avid outdoorsman, Bob enjoyed fly fishing and golf. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, but his greatest passion was his faith in Christ. Bob was an active member of Boone United Methodist Church and, more recently having moved to Wilkesboro in 2017, the First United Methodist Church of North Wilkesboro. Bob was actively involved in the Walk to Emmaus holding many leadership roles including Community Lay Director of the SONrise Emmaus Community in Tennessee.

A memorial service celebrating Bob’s life will be held at 1:30pm on August 11, at the First United Methodist Church of North Wilkesboro, located at 401 6th Street, with Dr. Tim Roberts and Reverend Ted Henry presiding. Friends may visit with the family after the service in the church’s Family Life Center.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church of North Wilkesboro.

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1:30 PM 8/11/2018 1:30:00 PM
First United Methodist Church

401 6th Street
North Wilkesboro, NC 28659

First United Methodist Church
401 6th Street North Wilkesboro 28659 NC
United States

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