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Mary Ann Lumpkins

Posted By Hall-Wynne On January 28, 2018 @ 3:22 pm In Obituaries,Oxford | 18 Comments

Mary Ann Lumpkins, 74, of Oxford.

God called Mary Ann O’Brien Lumpkins home Sunday, January 28th, 2018 to tend His flower garden. Mary Ann loved flowers but hated weeds. No matter where she went, if she saw a weed she would pull it and throw it away.

She was the daughter of the late Harold L. O’Brien and Frances Breedlove O’Brien, born on July 21, 1943 and was a lifetime resident of Granville County. She attended East Carolina University and received a Masters in Education at NCCU. She taught in the Granville County School System exceeding three decades of service before retirement.

Mary Ann was a member of Oxford Baptist Church serving as a Deacon, Sunday School teacher, and the Missions Director. She was actively involved in Oxford Baptist’s support of Penn Avenue Food Ministry, the Back Pack Buddies, Church and Community Ministry (CCM), and the Appalachian Back Packs. She led the church in preparation of the In As Much Meal.

In addition to her church ministries she was active in DAR, Extension Volunteer Association, and Ronald McDonald House. Mary Ann, along with her husband James, was awarded the 2017 John Penn Citizenship Award by the Granville County Chamber of Commerce.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, James W. Lumpkins: two sons, Timothy D. Lumpkins (Tracy), and James Michael Lumpkins, both of Oxford: two grandchildren, Benjamin Seth Lumpkins (Mallory), and Abigail Kate Lumpkins: two brothers, Charles O’Brien (Joyce) of St. Johns, Florida and Donald O’Brien (Faye) of Annandale, Virginia: one sister, Betty Lou Davis (Ronny) of Oxford: two sisters-in-law, Shirley S. O’Brien of Kernersville and Elizabeth Ann Callis of Oxford. She was predeceased by a brother, W.J. O’Brien.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, January 30th from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. in the Family Life Center at Oxford Baptist Church. The funeral will begin in the church sanctuary at 1:30 p.m. Following the funeral, the interment will be at Meadowview Memorial Park in Oxford.

Flowers will be accepted or donations to Church and Community Ministry (CCM) at 108 Critcher Road, Oxford, N.C. 27565.

Tell your loved ones what they mean to you, as you never know what tomorrow may bring.

Gentry-Newell & Vaughan Funeral Home, 507 College St., Oxford, NC (919) 693-5191, is serving the Lumpkins family. Online condolences may be made at www.hallwynne.com.

Condolences for the family of “Mary Ann Lumpkins”

Condolence from Dennis and Betsy Herman on January 29th, 2018 12:46 pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family.

Condolence from Rev. Robert Oliver and wife Wanda on January 29th, 2018 1:03 pm

James and sons, we are so sorry to hear of the loss of Mary Ann. She was such a sweel lady every time we saw her and she always had a kind word to say to us. She is now helping God tend His garden in heaven. I assure you’re there are no weeds there. God bless you during this time of sorrow.

Condolence from Katchy Whitlow on January 29th, 2018 1:53 pm

Such a beautiful and gracious lady. She always gave of herself unselfishly. I am so sorry for your loss, please know that my thoughts and prayers are with the whole family.

Condolence from Deborah Taylor Bullock on January 29th, 2018 2:32 pm

My condolences are with the Lumpkins Family. I feel like I’ve know ” you all” half my life in the school system. Just heard the news of the homegoing of Mrs. Mary Ann. She was a jewel!! I know she is in Heaven with the angels, helping out as she did most of the time here. (Her nature) Love you all! Hang in there Tim, Tracey, Seth, and Abby Kate, keep the memories that were so precious from her. Be there for Dad, (James), as she would want you to be! Love,

Deb T

Condolence from Delores Wilson Malone on January 29th, 2018 3:34 pm

It is with much sadness of hearing of Mary Ann’s death.
We remember growing up at Stovall Baptist Church and knowing Mary Ann,you and your families,
what wonderful people all of you!You all were very involved in all of the church activities, we remember
May God give you peace, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this most
difficult time.
Delores Wilson Malone
Ronald T. Wilson

Condolence from Judy Brewer on January 29th, 2018 3:55 pm

James and all the family, our sincere sympathy to each of you. Just last Wednesday, I saw Mary Ann when we attended a meeting at the Expo Center. We never know when God wants more workers in His flower garden. She served many people during her lifetime here on earth. May all your memories give you comfort and may God keep you in His presence during this time of mourning and sadness.
Judy and John Brewer

Condolence from Brenda Williamson on January 29th, 2018 5:00 pm

Betty Lou, I was so very sad to learn of Mary Ann’s death. To not to have had any warning surely compounds your grief. Our school days are always foremost in my memories. The innocence of youth was a great thing. I am thinking about you always.

Condolence from Vickie Powell on January 29th, 2018 5:24 pm

Our thoughts and prayers for the Lumpkins family. We have many fond memories of Mary Ann from our days at Stovall Baptist.

Wayne Wilbourne
Tim, Vickie (Wilbourne) and Lex Powell

Condolence from Tonya C. Burnette on January 29th, 2018 9:08 pm

I am so sorry to hear about Mrs. Lumpkin’s death. Unfortunately, I cannot attend the visitation or funeral as I am at mandatory State training. I wanted you to know that I am thinking of you and I am so sorry for your loss. She was very special as my school teacher and as an election official. She will truly be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Condolence from Arlene and David Mazurek on January 29th, 2018 9:10 pm

James (Lump to us),

Dave and I were so sorry to hear about Mary Ann. What a shock. We will miss her and all the good times we had at the beach.
Much love and sympathy to you, James and your whole family

David and Arlene Mazurek

Condolence from Ann Dawes on January 29th, 2018 9:16 pm

Tim Lumpkins and family, You have my deepest sympathy in the passing of Mrs Lumpkins.Ive never forgotten to this day her beautiful personality and that she was one of the best teachers I had .She was very loving and kind . I used to ask about her drinking coffee all the time but now her cup runneth over with loving memories .

Condolence from Rebecca Cheatham on January 29th, 2018 11:10 pm

She will be missed by all that knew her! Our sympathy to her family.

Condolence from Posy Williams on January 30th, 2018 10:44 am

“Lump”, Donald, Betty Lou, and Charlie,
I am so sorry I cannot be there today to share your grief and support you in anyway that I could. I want you to know that I am thinking of you and know that with time you will find God’s peace in dealing with your loss.
Posy Marshall Williams

Condolence from Judi Leonard on January 30th, 2018 1:49 pm

James and Family. I am deeply saddened for your loss of Mary Ann. We never know what each day holds, but must have faith that God’s plan is perfect and one day when we meet him we will understand. I am sure Mary Ann is a shining angel in God’s beautiful garden. Thoughts and prayers for all. Judi Leonard

Condolence from Pam Thornton on January 31st, 2018 1:08 pm

The Granville County Museums will surely miss Mary Ann who has been a faithful volunteer for many years. She was always willing to give a helping hand whatever our need. She and Jim have given so much to this county in way of service in so many capacities.
All of the staff sends their condolences to her wonderful family and anyone that knew her will always remember her wonderful smile and personality.

Condolence from John L Headman on February 1st, 2018 9:14 am

We were so sorry to hear about your loseing Mary Ann. We were out of town and could on attend the service.
You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Faye & Carl Weaver on February 2nd, 2018 3:07 pm

We are deeply saddened for the loss of your dear wife and mother! Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you, Carl and Faye Weaver

Condolence from Carl Cantaluppi on February 12th, 2018 9:22 am

Dear James and Family,

I was so sorry to learn of Mary Ann’s passing. She was a dedicated volunteer and hard worker for the Cooperative Extension Service. She will be remembered by the many people whose lives she touched. Please accept my condolences and may the Lord give you strength over the coming days.


Carl Cantaluppi

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