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Weldon Warren “Bill” Bumgarner

  • Birth 13 Jan 1901 Norman, Cleveland County, Oklahoma, USA
  • Death 15 Mar 1986 Van Nuys, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Burial Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Memorial ID 65841267

Son of Louella Briggs and William Wilson Bumgarner. His parents had married in 1889 in Yell, Arkansas. His father had previously been married to and widowed by Mollie E. Lee (1864-1887). He had siblings: Maggie Martha, Ruth A., John Lee, Grace, Sidney N., Louella, and Mary.

In 1900, his parents and older siblings lived on a farm they owned in Case Township, Oklahoma (Cleveland County). The household included: William W., born August 1865 in Arkansas, Luella, born November 1872 in Arkansas; Maggie M., born February 1891 in Arkansas, Ruth, born November 1893 in Oklahoma, John L., born November 1895 in Oklahoma; and Grace, nine months, born August 1899 in Oklahoma.

In 1910, the family was living in a home they owned at 313 North Findley Avenue in Norman, Oklahoma (Cleveland County). The household included: William W., age 44, married twice, currently married 22 years; Louella, age 37, married once, currently married 22 years, six of nine children living; Maggie M., age 19, working as a dressmaker; Ruth A., age 16; John L, age 14; Grace, age 10, Weldon W., age 8; and Louella, age 4.

His father died in 1914 and by 1920, he was living with his widowed mother and two siblings on a farm in Norman, Oklahoma. The household included: Lulu, age 47, widowed, farming; John Lee, age 24, farm labor; Weldon, age 17; and Mary, age 7. A year later, in 1921, he married Mildred Meek in Norman, Oklahoma (Cleveland County) and had three sons: Charles W., Jack E., and James Scott.

In 1930, the family was living in a house they were renting at 200 West Symmes Street in Norman, Oklahoma (Cleveland County). The household included: Weldon W., age 28, married at age 22, working as a laundry driver; Mildred M., age 23, married age age 16, born in Oklahoma; Charles W., age 5, born in Oklahoma; Jack E, age 3 6/12, born in Oklahoma; and James S., age 1 1/12, born in Oklahoma. In 1930, Weldon's widowed mother and youngest sister were renting at 226 1/2 Main Street in Norman, Oklahoma. His mother was working as a seamstress.

Obituary, Philadelphia Inquirer, March 19, 1986
Weldon W. Bumgarner, 85, father of actor James Garner, died Saturday at Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys, Calif. Mr. Bumgarner, a retired warehouseman, also is survived by his wife, Grace; another son; a stepson; 11 grandchildren ; seven great-grandchildren, and a sister. Services will be today at the Church of the Hills at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills.


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  • Originally Created by: TenThousandYears
  • Added: 19 Feb 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 65841267
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Weldon Warren “Bill” Bumgarner (13 Jan 1901–15 Mar 1986), Find A Grave Memorial no. 65841267, citing Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Thousandwinds (contributor 47530874) .