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William Wallace "Wally" Bumpas

October 19, 1936 December 6, 2020
William Wallace "Wally" Bumpas
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Obituary for William Wallace "Wally" Bumpas

Coach Wally Bumpas, 84, of Madison, Mississippi, passed away on December 6, 2020, surrounded by family.

Born to the late Gilbert Dell Bumpas and Zelma Boren Bumpas on October 19, 1936 in Holly Springs, Mississippi, Coach Bumpas graduated from Batesville High School and received a B.A. in History from the University of Mississippi. He taught history and coached football in Lambert, Shelby, Winona, Jackson-Calloway, McComb, and Brandon, Mississippi and in 1990 was inducted into the MS Coaches Hall of Fame. He loved his players and seeing them advance in their careers and personal lives. An avid reader, especially of WWII, Coach Bumpas also found great pleasure in traveling and fishing. Among his fondest times were trips to Europe and an African safari with his wife Kennie and fly-fishing in the Bahamas. He enjoyed researching his genealogy, having learned he descended from French Huguenot Eduod Bompasse, who arrived at Plymouth on the “Good Ship Fortune,” November 10, 1621, the first boat after the Mayflower. In recent years, Coach spent his days enjoying his home on Lake Lorman.

He married Kennie Ruth Robison, the love of his life, July 23, 1961, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Oxford, MS, who survives him. He is also survived by son Wally Bumpas, Jr. and wife Reni, daughter Elizabeth “Sis” Bumpas, and son Ken Bumpas and wife Lisa, as well as seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Coach Bumpas was preceded in death by his brother Gilbert Dell Bumpas, Jr.

Memorial contributions in Coach Bumpas’s memory can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

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