A memorial service for Julius Langford Bumpers will be held Thursday, January 2, 2013 at St. Peter’s Church, 200 Hospital Dr. Jackson, Alabama 36454 at 2 P.M. 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.
Julius Langford Bumpers, 88, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 26, 2013 at his childhood home in Allen, Alabama. 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.
Julius is survived by his wife of 58 years, Jean (nee Jaubert), his daughters Julie (Charles) Miller, Jr. and Lisa (Lee) Hills, and his son Robert Langford Bumpers (Helen Yi). He was grandfather to Robert Andujar, Brittany Pennington, Charles Miller, III, Katelyn Miller, Christopher Hills, Langford Hills, Ethan Langford Bumpers, Smith Bumpers and great grandfather to Daniel W. Pennington; loving brother of H. Harper Bumpers.
Early in his life, Julius 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, Julius started his career as a Traffic Manager at the Illinois Central (IC) Railroad in Mobile, Alabama. He then transferred to New Orleans, Louisiana 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, Florida and subsequently Chicago, Illinois as his expertise in the import/export field was renowned. During his years spent outside of Alabama, “Mr. Bumpers” was beloved by many friends, neighbors and colleagues. Julius retired in 1987 and, upon his retirement, returned to his childhood home in Allen, Alabama 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 further evident in the form of the lovely ferns that grace the old southern porch of their “little white house on the side of 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!
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
Bumpers Funeral Home of Butler, Alabama is in charge of arrangements. Visit bumpersfuneralhome.com to sign the online register and post condolences to the family.