Margaret Ima "Jean" Brooks Bumgarner

Sunday, March 30, 1947 - Thursday, December 31, 2020

A Precious Lady

Photo of Margaret Ima "Jean" Brooks Bumgarner  - 1947-2020

Canton - Margaret Ima “Jean” Brooks Bumgarner, 73, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 31, 2020, after a courageous, year-long battle with cancer.

Jean was born in Waynesville, NC on March 30, 1947 to the late Charles “Charlie” Brooks and Geneva “Nig” Creasman Brooks.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles “Red” / “Buddy” Brooks and infant brother Richard.

Jean contributed many years of service to the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.  She advanced through the offices becoming the NC State President of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary in 2003-2004.  She was honored in Oct. 2003, by Governor Easley, with the prestigious “The Order of the Long Leaf Pine” award for her years of dedicated service and support for the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Jean was a 17-year employee of Canton Food Lion and enjoyed spending time with her loyal customers and fellow employees.  She also spent many years working at Skeeter’s BBQ in Canton. Jean lived a full life growing up between Haywood County and New Jersey.  She also enjoyed her years living in the State of Washington where she learned to drive in the demolition derbies.  She was blessed with many friends in many states.  In her younger years, she enjoyed coaching girl’s youth softball. Jean enjoyed spending time with and cooking for her family and friends.  She enjoyed traveling and playing Bingo, and was always looking forward to her next adventure. Mrs. Bumgarner was an active member of Pinnacle Church of Canton.

Surviving are her daughter, Tamie (Bryan) Mull, of Canton; and three sons, Ray (Crystal) Bumgarner of Canton, John (Vivian) Bumgarner, and Tommy Bumgarner, both of Waynesville.  She was blessed with many beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is also survived by eight sisters, Lynn (Dale) Roberts of Waynesville, Carrie (Pete) Craymer of Hickory, Wanda Brooks of Waynesville, Gloria Bryson of Hickory, Joan Brooks Maier of Clyde, Tonya (Jimmy) Lanning of Clyde, Jenny (Jeremiah) Parton of Maggie Valley, and Christy (Jerry) Christopher of Maggie Valley; and two brothers, Danny Brooks of Waynesville, and Tom (Tooter) Jones of Hickory; and by a stepmother and friend, Sue Brooks; along with many nephews, nieces, aunts, and cousins.

A graveside celebration of life service will be held at 1:00 pm Thursday, January 7, 2021 at Greenhill Cemetery in Waynesville. Pastor Heath Davis of Pinnacle Church will be officiating. All COVID-19 regulations, masks, and social distancing will be observed.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to a charity of your choice.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Bumgarner family.

Condolences from family and friends

Jean was a good person, and good to work with at Skeeter's, for several years. She always gave 100% to whatever she was involved in. She loved her family and friends, and enjoyed being with them. Prayers for peace for all of you, as your memories of Jean bring you joy.
Sandra Cooper
John and Vivian, I am so sorry for your loss. Praying for you and your family.
Carolyn Sizemore
A very nice lady who will be missed by many. Prayers for comfort and peace in the days ahead for her family.
Eva Shepard
Tammy. So sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers today and in the days to come.
Gail McElrath Paxton
Tami and family, We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoights and prayers are with you and your family. Sending love, peace and comfort to you.
Patti and Kenneth Crawford
Rest in peace Jean you have fought a long and hard battle, you will be loved and missed
Mary Birchfield
Tamie and Kayla, I’m so sorry for your loss. Tamie, you favor your lovely mom a great deal. I wish you all peace and comfort in the days ahead. Hugs, Pam/YaYa
Pam Bailey
Your mother was a wonderful person! I bet she had a wonderful life with eight sisters. I love your family Tami. Please give everyone a hug and my thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time
Amy Warren
So sorry to hear of Jean’s passing. I hadn’t seen her in a long while but always admired her sweet nature and work ethics. Prayers and thoughts for family!
Iris “Tiny” Davis
Tammy and Kayla, words can't express the sorrow I feel for you during this sad time. I will be praying for you and family. Know that I am very sorry for your loss.
Vicky Payne
To ray and family I didn't get to call but I'm sorry to hear of the passing maybe we will meet in heaven and play ball there. She was a dear friend love you all.
Tub Leigh