John Langdon Rumph, Jr. of Perote and Union Springs, Alabama passed away on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at Southern Springs Healthcare and Rehabilitation Facility in Union Springs, Alabama. He was 89 years old.
John was born February 13, 1930, the son of John Langdon and Willie Lott Rumph. He received his primary and secondary education at the schools in Perote and Inverness, Alabama. Following graduation, he entered Troy State Teachers College (Troy University) where he received a Bachelor of Science in 1951. He then taught for two years at Mt. Pleasant Jr. HS near Enterprise, Alabama. In 1953 John enrolled at Alabama Polytechnic Institute (Auburn) where he received a Master of Arts in 1955. The title of his Master’s Thesis was “A History of Bullock County, Alabama 1866-1906.”
John taught at public schools in Camden, Alabama and in Bullock County, Alabama where he also served as a school Principal. Following retirement from teaching, he was employed by the First National Bank in Union Springs where he served as Vice-President.
John was widely loved and respected, especially for his generosity. He is known to have helped many individuals establish careers, achieve personal goals, and make it through hard times. John held a special affection for his aunts: May Belle Rumph, Effel Rumph, Louise Rumph and for his cousin, Lillian Hixon. He was a loving and loyal caregiver to them. He also willingly provided help to other family members and to the Perote family at large.
Music was never far from John’s heart. He was an accomplished pianist and organist and served as organist at the First Methodist Church in Union Springs. John was a loyal member of that Church until his death.
For many years, John shouldered responsibility for caring for the Perote Cemetery. This community cemetery, where his parents, sister, relatives, ancestors, and members of the Perote family are buried, will now become his final resting place.
John was preceded in death by his parents, John Langdon Rumph, Sr., Willie Lott Rumph, and his sister, Frances Laney Rumph. John is survived by his dear friend, Ann Powell, Godson Richard Powell, and Celia, Maggie, Jackson, and Russell Powell, all who provided love.