Julius Langford Bumpers, 88, died peacefully Dec. 26, 2013 at his childhood home in Allen.
He was a native of Allen but resided in New Orleans, Miami and Chicago over the many years that spanned his life. Much to his delight, he returned home to Allen in 1987 and happily remained there until the end of his days.
Early in his life, he dutifully served his country in the United States Navy. He was a veteran of both World War II and the Korean War. Shortly following his military service, he started his career as a traffic manager at the Illinois Central (IC) Railroad in Mobile. He then transferred to New Orleans, La. where he met his wife, Jean. Together in New Orleans, they raised a family and lived there for many years. His career then took him to Miami, Fla. and subsequently Chicago, Ill. as his expertise in the importexport field was renowned. During his years spent outside of Alabama, “Mr. Bumpers” was beloved by many friends, neighbors and colleagues. He retired in 1987 and upon his retirement, returned to his childhood home in Allen where he enjoyed the pleasures of country living. He filled his days with his hobbies of bird watching, gardening and tending to the land that surrounded his beloved home. Julius had a green thumb like none other, and put this exceptional talent to good use on numerous occasions. His pride and joy were the 15 dogwood trees he transplanted from the woods nearby to the land directly surrounding his home. The amazing relocation was heralded by many residents in the area when the trees flourished as if they had never been moved. Julius’ green thumb is evident in the form of the lovely ferns that grace the old southern porch of their “little white house on the side of the road.” In addition to his love of all things green and growing, he was a diehard Crimson Tide fan. He frequently sported a hound’s tooth fedora or a Bama cap from his extensive collection. His Big Al mascot statue was front and center on the living room coffee table for every game. He never missed a one. Roll Tide!
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Jean (nee Jaubert), one son, Robert Langford (Helen Yi) Bumpers; two daughters, Julie (Charles) Miller Jr., Lisa (Lee) Hills; grandchildren, Robert Andujar, Brittany Pennington, Charles Miller III, Katelyn Miller, Christopher Hills, Langford Hills, Ethan Langford, Smith Bumpers; and great grandson, Daniel W. Pennington; one brother, H. Harper Bumpers.
A memorial service will be Thursday, Jan. 2 at 2 p.m. at St. Peter’s Church, 200 Hospital Drive, Jackson, Alabama 36545 with Father Rob Nichols officiating. The eulogy will be delivered by Julius’ brother, H. Harper Bumpers. Burial will be at a later date in St. Louis No. 3 in New Orleans, La.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to Wilmer Hall Children’s Home, 3811 Old Shell Road, Mobile, AL 36608, firstname.lastname@example.org 251- 342-4931.
Visit bumpersfuneralhome.com to sign the online register and post condolences to the family.
Bumpers Funeral Home of Butler is in charge of arrangements.