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Obituary: Jack Brumley

Obituary: Jack Brumley

January 8th, 2019 in Obituaries

Jack Brumley, age 79, of Tuscumbia, passed away on Sunday, January 6, 2019, at Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City. He was born in St. Louis on August 30, 1939, son of the late Ralph Jackson and Carmen Lee (Carpenter) Brumley. On August 30, 1958, at Mt. Zion Church near Tuscumbia, Jack married Joyce Faye Helton, who survives at their home. Jack's education started in a small one-room country school. After the first grade he attended Berkley School until the sixth grade, School of the Osage R-II for two years and graduated in 1958 from Miller County R-III in Tuscumbia with his wife, Joyce. He later married his high school sweetheart, Joyce, and they lived on a 920-acre farm where he managed a cattle operation. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, who also loved to work with classic cars and spending time with his grandchildren. After high school Jack was offered a full basketball scholarship to Lincoln University, but later forfeited his scholarship, in order to work at a job with flexible hours that allowed him to be a full-time student. He graduated with a degree in education and for the next 42 years he had a rewarding career with numerous schools and served as a teacher, coach, principal, and superintendent. Jack also served as Area Supervisor with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, supervising over 59 schools in 13 counties. He ended his career as superintendent at Miller County R-III in Tuscumbia. Jack enjoyed his years in education working with the staff and helping students reach their full potential. He served on the Tuscumbia Fire District Board and the Board of Directors for the Community Bank of Russellville. Throughout his honorable career he received several awards including Teacher of the Year at Cooper County R-IV, FFA Honorary Chapter Farmer at Cole County R-I, and he and his wife were awarded the VFW Citizenship Award. Jack had two schools that dedicated yearbooks to him, in 1971 Cole County R-I and the 1996 Miller County R-III. In addition to his loving wife of 60 years, Joyce Brumley, he is also survived by one son, Curt Brumley and wife Paula of Eugene; grandson, Hunter Brumley; granddaughter, Camryn Brumley; one brother, Jim Brumley and wife Evelyn of Eldon; and one brother-in-law, Layne Helton and wife Barbara of Eldon. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m., with services immediately following at 7 p.m., on Wednesday, January 9, at Tuscumbia High School with Bro. Bill Vernon, Bro. Sonny Jungmeyer, and Bro. Carl Sitze officiating. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, January 10, at Mt. Zion Cemetery near Tuscumbia. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Jack Brumley Scholarship Fund. Arrangements are under the direction of Fancher-Rekus Funeral Home in Iberia. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.fancher-rekusfuneralhomes.com.