It is with heavy hearts that the congregation and community of Mt. Olivet Baptist Church mourns the loss of one of our most faithful deacons. Russell Thomas Bumpass, 84, of Montpelier, passed away on Monday, May 8, 2017.
Russell was a member of Mt. Olivet Baptist Church for more than 50 years, where he served as a deacon. He was the co-teacher of the Senior Men’s Class and former teacher of Junior Sunday School class. He volunteered annually with Vacation Bible School and countless other church groups and activities.
Those who knew Russell loved and admired him, and have recently described him as a helper, a man of God, a leader, a volunteer with a “willingness to help out in any way he could,” someone who is “not afraid to tackle anything,” a person with “candid humor and witty realistic view of things.”
Russell served on many mission trips with Mt. Olivet. He joined our Bland County mission group, organized through the Bland Ministry Center, almost every year since 1993. He also served with Mt. Olivet mission groups to Romania, Haiti, Toronto and Belize.
Russell recently said, “If you have not been on a mission trip, you have really missed a great experience. You will receive far more than you give and get to know your fellow team members.”
“Russell was more than special to us. He was a FAVORITE. His quick wit kept us on our toes. To say he will be missed is a gross understatement,” said the Bland Ministry Center. “We pray for his wife Ruby, and for his church family in the upcoming days as they cope with the realization that our loss is truly Heaven’s gain. We miss you Russell Bumpass.”
Russell was baptized at age 13 at Independence Christian Church. He served for four years in the U.S. Marine Corp.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jean Houston Bumpass. He is survived by his wife, Ruby Parrish Bumpass; daughter, Diane Bumpass; sister, Elizabeth B. Cannon; his niece and her husband, Linda and Robert Porter and their children, Michael Porter and Melissa Slater.
The family will receive friends 2–4 and 6–8 p.m. on Thursday, May 11, at Bliley’s-Staples Mill, 8510 Staples Mill Rd. Services will be held 2 p.m. Friday, May 12, at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, 15583 Coatesville Rd., Beaverdam, Va. 23015 or to the American Cancer Society, 4240 Park Place Ct., Glen Allen, Va. 23060.