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James Arthur Umbarger, age 84, resident of Somerville, Tennessee and husband of the late Bettye Lois Reeves Umbarger, departed this life Sunday evening, March 24, 2019 at the National HealthCare Center in Somerville.
Funeral Services for Mr. Umbarger were held at 2 P.M. Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at the Peebles Main Funeral Chapel in Somerville. The officiating ministers were Bro. Freddie Clifft, pastor of Shady Grove Baptist Church in Somerville and Bro. David Reeves, pastor of Midway Baptist Church in Whiteville. Interment followed in the Evergreen Cemetery at Williston. Arrangements were provided by Peebles Fayette County Funeral Homes & Cremation Center – Main Chapel in Somerville.
James was born May 30, 1934 in Somerville, Tennessee, the son of the late James Daniel Umbarger and Jossie Lela Rogers Umbarger. He was a graduate of Fayette County High School and was married November 10, 1957 to the former Bettye Lois Reeves, who preceded him in death. He loved being on a tractor and was a farmer, landowner and a former employee at Peebles Fayette County Funeral Home before his retirement. James was the first licensed EMT in Fayette County and enjoyed special times with his granddaughter. He was a people-person who loved everyone.
Mr. Umbarger is survived by his son, Jimmy Umbarger (Marybeth) of Somerville, TN and his granddaughter, Sophie Umbarger of Somerville, TN.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by five sisters, Gladys Walk, Addie Lee Smith, Vinnie McCaskill, Louise Clark and Annie Mae Umbarger; and two brothers, Edward Umbarger and Gene Umbarger.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers were Chris Anderson, Henry Diffee, Alan German, Bailey Kissner, John Treadway and Randy Walk. Honorary pallbearers were Charles Blackwell, Max Burch, Jerry Clifton, Larry Cross, Eric Greer and Garland Greer.
The family requests that memorials be directed to Evergreen Cemetery Association, c/o Sandra Smith, 7505 Highway 76 South, Somerville, TN 38068.