William Rufus Bumpers

William Rufus Bumpers

Birth
Cecil, Franklin County, Arkansas, USA
Death 27 Mar 1949 (aged 61)
Sebastian County, Arkansas, USA
Burial Charleston, Franklin County, Arkansas, USA
Memorial ID 33401132 · View Source
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William Rufus Bumpers was the son of Rufus C. Bumpers and his first wife, Martha Valentine Bumpers, of Grover, Franklin County, Arkansas.

1900 Census - Grover, Franklin Co., AR

Rufus C Bumpers 42
Martha Bumpers 41
Joel J Bumpers 17
Lillie A Bumpers 16
William R Bumpers 14
Samuel J Bumpers 8
George R Bumpers 6
Nellie L Bumpers 4
Loranzo Bumpers 7/12

William was raised in the Methodist church. At the age of nineteen, he attended Methodist affiliated Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, where he played football.

He was the husband of Lattie Jones Bumpers. The couple married February 18, 1912 in Franklin County, Arkansas, where they initially established their home near the community of Cecil.

By 1920, William and Lattie moved to Charleston where William established himself as a hardware merchant and operated a store.

1920 Census - Charleston, Franklin Co., AR

William R Bumpers 31
Lattie Bumpers 30
Margaret Bumpers 3 [3 6/12]

William R. and Lattie had four children: Raymond, who passed at an early age, Margarette, William, and Dale Bumpers, former Arkansas Governor and U.S. Senator.

1930 Census - Charleston, Franklin Co., AR

William R Bumpers 42
Lattie Bumpers 40
Margaret M Bumpers 13
William C Bumpers 8
Dale L Bumpers 4 [4 9/12]

W.R. Bumpers actively engaged in politics. In 1933, he represented Franklin County in the state house of representatives. During this time, he also taught school for grades one through eight.

1940 Census - Charleston, Franklin Co., AR

W R Bumpers 52
Lattie Bumpers 50
William Caroll Bumpers 18
Dale Leon Bumpers 14

Lattie died March 22, 1949. William died five days later, March 27, 1949. They were laid to rest at Nixon Cemetery, in Franklin County, Arkansas.


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  • Maintained by: Gina Caperton Ervin
  • Originally Created by: Linda Creamer Furr
  • Added: 30 Jan 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial 33401132
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Rufus Bumpers (9 Mar 1888–27 Mar 1949), Find a Grave Memorial no. 33401132, citing Nixon Cemetery, Charleston, Franklin County, Arkansas, USA ; Maintained by Gina Caperton Ervin (contributor 47254898) .