A native of Maiden, NC, Mr. Rumley was a graduate of Gulf High School in New Port Richey, FL, and of Davidson College, where he majored in philosophy. He also earned an MFA in Sculpture at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and was working on an MFA in Poetry at The New School in Manhattan at the time of his death.
Mr. Rumley’s creative talent also made itself manifest in music; he was a talented percussionist, playing over the years with such Southern pop bands as The Popes, Stumble, Discord, and The Lovely Lads.
Survivors include his sister, Caroline Rumley, her husband Hiram Maxim, and their daughter Audrey Pearl of Atlanta and his aunt, Helen Cleek, of Elon and his uncle, Joe Bridewell, of Fort Worth, TX. He was preceded in death by his parents, Rev. James D. Rumley, Jr. and Charlotte Bridewell Rumley Swain.
The service will be conducted in the chapel at St. Mark’s Church at 1230 St. Mark’s Church Road in Burlington, NC on Saturday, July 9th at 2 P.M. by Rev. Ben Bishop. The family will receive friends at St. Mark’s in the Parlor immediately after the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Art Department at Davidson College. Davidson College, Box 7170, Davidson, NC 28035, Designation is the Davidson College Art Department.
Rich & Thompson Funeral and Cremation Service in Burlington is assisting the family.
Condolences may be offered at www.richandthompson.com.
Published in TheTimesNews.com from July 6 to July 7, 2016