Anne Shirley Bumpus, age 85, died Saturday, May 29, 2021. Born in West Nashville June 16, 1935, to the late McBroom and Ruby Murphy Shirley. She moved with her family to Mt. Pleasant, TN in 1939. She graduated from Hay Long High School in 1953, as Valedictorian, DAR good citizen Medalist, and Drum Majorette. She attended George Peabody College in Nashville, then accepted a position at Victor Chemical Works where she met her future husband James Jones Bumpus. Thus, began a sixty-year love affair. Following a two-year courtship, they were married April 19, 1957, at the First Methodist Church in Mt. Pleasant. After fifty-eight years of marriage, James Bumpus died May 15, 2015. Mrs. Bumpus was a talented designer, seamstress, milliner, and needleworker who taught sewing and craft classes. An avid historian she was a docent in many homes and churches opened on APTA tours. Together she and James researched deeds and plotted lands owned by ancestors in Greene, Maury, and Cannon Counties. She was also a published genealogist. A 54-year member of Tennessee Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, she was past regent and served as registrar for many years. She also held memberships in the Colonial Dames of the XVII Century the Nickajack-Old Hickory Chapter U.S. Daughters of 1812; United Daughters of the Confederacy; James K. Polk Memorial Association; and numerous other historical and genealogical associations.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sister: Nancy Jane Shirley, and brother: McBroom “Mac” Shirley, Jr. Anne is survived by her daughter: Jane Anne Bumpus (Garland) Shular of Sevierville, TN. Son: James Jones (Valerie) Bumpus, Jr. of Columbia, TN; Grandsons: James Jones (Amy) Bumpus, III of Lewisburg, TN and Andrew Baxter (Chelsea) Bumpus of Columbia, TN; great-granddaughter: Kaylee Grace Bumpus of Lewisburg, TN; great-grandsons: Robert James “Bobby” Bumpus of Lewisburg and Owen Baxter Bumpus of Columbia, TN; sister-in-law: Rubie Shirley of College Grove, TN; nieces: Liz S. Odum and Jennifer S. Banford; nephews: Marshall Shirley and Christopher Shirley.
The family will visit with friends Friday, June 4, 2021 from 12:00 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home in Columbia, TN. A graveside service will follow visitation at 2:00 p.m. in the Arbors Pavilion at Polk Memorial Gardens. Tommy Vann and Ron Jones will be officiating.
A longtime member of the First United Methodist Church, Mt. Pleasant TN memorials may be made to the FUMC youth fellowship, 202 south main St. Mount Pleasant, TN 38474or or to any church, school, or organization that assists young people.
Special thanks to all of the people that cared for Anne with love and compassion.
Williams Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences can be given to the family online at www.williamsfh.com