2009-12-10 / Obituaries


Clyde J. Bumpers, the seventh child of the late Willie and Emma Pugh Bumpers, died Dec. 6, 2009 at 73 years of age.

Born in Clarke County, he was a member of the Berry’s Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church where he held many positions. He sang in the church choir, often singing solos for various church events, and was president of the senior choir; he was superintendent of the Sunday school, a preacher’s steward and a trustee.

A graduate of Clarke County Training School and Alabama State University (ASU), he earned a bachelor of science and master’s degrees in both education and administration. He also received an associate of arts certificate from ASU. While at ASU he was a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.

Following graduation, Bumpers joined the United States Army. Following his tour of duty and an honorable discharge, he was employed by the Greyhound Corporation in Baton Rouge, La. and continued studies at Southern University in the area of business education until employed by the Clarke County Board of Education teaching at Harper High School in Jackson. His dedication and talent was rewarded by a promotion to assistant principal at Jackson High School, where he was a well-loved “Aggie.” Bumpers retired in 1995 after more than 30 years of service.

He was a member of the Retired Teachers Association, the National Teachers Association, the Clarke County Credit Union, was a Master Mason with the Bethlehem Lodge No. 866 and a trustee of the Annual Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church.

Survivors include six siblings, Etherine B. Lassiter of Jackson, Elmira Beal of Baton Rouge, Elnora Cox of Compton, Calif., Mary Singleton of Arlington, Va., Percy (Eula) Bumpers of San Antonio, Texas and Wilmer Bumpers of Prichard; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be Friday, Dec. 11, 6-8 p.m. at Berry’s Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church in the Winn community and Saturday, Dec. 12, 11 a.m. until the funeral hour at12 noon. The Rev. Edward Seaborn, pastor, will officiate. Interment will follow in the church cemetery under the direction of Jackson Memorial Funeral Home in Jackson.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Berry’s Chapel AMEZ Building Fund.

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