Dr. Victor "Vic" Wayne Bumphus, age 56, passed away Friday, May 24, 2019 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Born August 30, 1962 in Savannah, Tennessee to the late Virginia Peterson Bumphus and William Hal Bumphus, Sr., he joined Mt. Tabor Missionary Baptist Church in Clifton, Tennessee at an early age, received his high school diploma at Frank Hughes School, Clifton, and received a bachelor's degree from MTSU. He then served in the United States Army for a number of years before being honorably discharged. He went on to receive his master's degree in criminology and urban studies from the University of Nebraska and continued his education at Michigan State University where he earned his PhD in social science-criminal justice and criminology. As coordinator of the Africana Minor Program and Southeastern Command and Leadership Academy from 2002-2015, he served as a faculty member of the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, department of Criminal Justice and Legal Assistant Studies. He was an influential professor, an inspiration to countless people, a published author and an advocate to anyone in need. Sometime on Friday evening, he was received into his permanent home with God.
Vic loved being around his family, his friends, and enjoyed traveling the world. Besides his parents, two brothers preceded him in death, William Hal Bumphus, Jr. and Duren Bumphus; paternal uncles and aunt, Henry, Raymond, Tom, Claude, and Peggy Bumphus and one maternal aunt, Loretta Brown. Left to cherish his memories include four brothers, Peter Bumphus, Nashville, Tennessee, Keith (Melissa) Bumphus and Alexander Bumphus, Savannah, Tennessee and Dwight (Patty) Bumphus, Clifton; five sisters, Thelma Bumphus, Cynthia Bumphus, Maria Bailey and Natasha (Peter) Ross all of Clifton, and Lois (Monroe) Cherry, Savannah; fifteen nieces and nephews, Anthony, Felicia, Tamarsha, Ryan, Ashley, Trey and Latrell Bumphus, Peter, Darrell and Clarissa Churchwell, Shamekka Polk, Nicholas Porter, Kanisha Bailey, Malik Ross, and Jalyn Cherry; a host of great-nieces and nephews; one aunt, Barbara Culp, Clifton; devoted friend and colleague, Gale Iles as well as Helen Eigenbery, who preceded him in death. He also leaves behind a host of friends, colleagues, and extended family members that will treasure their memories of him.
Services were Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Mt. Tabor Baptist Church, Clifton, with Minister Charles Linam and Pastor Derron Williams officiating. Nephews served as his pallbearers. At his request, his remains were cremated.