Virginia “GeGe” Maxine Peterson Bumphus, 78, of Clifton, passed away peacefully Tuesday, May 6, at her home surrounded by her loved-ones. She was born Oct. 14, 1935, in Savannah, the daughter of the late Lois Sparks and Clyde Peterson. On May 11, 1952, she was united in marriage to William Hal Bumphus who preceded her in death.
They shared a 40-year relationship, which produced 12 children. Virginia was a retired health care worker and was employed at the Wayne County Nursing Home in Waynesboro for nearly 30 years. She was a faithful member of Mount Tabor Baptist Missionary Church in Clifton. For her children, she was a great example of living life on one’s own terms, always with grace and dignity. She was a mother first and put her children above all else. She believed strongly in her faith, in forgiveness and in family; her presence left this world a better place and her legacy will forever be reflected in minds and hearts of those who she loved most.
She loved taking care of her children and grandchildren, cooking and tending to her flowers. Now she has reunited with her loved-ones who have gone before her. Sometime on that Tuesday evening she was received into her permanent home with God. Then, a familiar voice said “Jack, where have you been,” and she smiled with delight.
In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by two sons, William Hal Bumphus Jr. and Duren Bumphus.
Left to cherish her memory include five sons, Peter Bumphus of Nashville, Victor Bumphus of Chattanooga, Keith (Melissa) Bumphus and Alexander Bumphus of Savannah and Dwight (Patty) Bumphus of Clifton; five daughters, Thelma Bumphus, Cynthia Bumphus, Maria (Roxe) Bailey, and Natasha (Peter) Ross all of Clifton and Lois (Monroe) Cherry of Savannah; 15 grandchildren, Anthony Bumphus, Felicia Bumphus, Tamarsha Bumphus, Peter Churchwell, Darrell Churchwell, Shamekka Bumphus, Clarissa Churchwell, Ryan Bumphus, Nicholas Porter, Kanisha Bailey, Ashley Bumphus, Malik Ross, Trey Bumphus, Latrell Bumphus and Jalyn Cherry; two sisters, Loretta Brown of Memphis and Barbara (Robert)Culp of Clifton; 16 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild, Aundrea Bumphus; a host of nephews and nieces and three devoted friends, Jo Hazel Clemons, Gertrude Walker and Jimmie Joe Linam.
Services were held Saturday, May 10, at 1 p.m. at Mount Tabor Baptist Church in Clifton with Derron Williams and Shon Beasley officiating. Burial followed at Lizard Glade Cemetery in Clifton with Shackelford Funeral Directors in charge of arrangements.