Stumbo, Collis H.

Posted: Mon 1:00 PM, Nov 18, 2013
Funeral Home: J.C. Kirby & Son Lovers Lane Chapel
Collis H. Stumbo, 89, passed away Nov. 18, 2013.

He was born in McDowell on March 23, 1924, to George Dewey (Hobb) Stumbo and Vida (Collins) Stumbo. He graduated from McDowell High School in 1941 and worked for a year at home before enlisting in the United States Navy, where he served his country for three years. He then enrolled at Pikeville College, where he met and married Mazel Hamilton on Oct. 12, 1946.

He attended Pikeville College for two years, then enrolled in Transylvania University where he received a degree in education. He then attended the University of Kentucky, where he received his master’s degree in education. He went to Fern Creek High School in Louisville, where he was hired as a teacher and coach for three years. In 1955, he went to Dearborn, Mich., where he was hired as a teacher and coach in the Dearborn school system, where he was employed until he retired in 1982. He was an administrator for Dearborn Schools for the majority of his 31 years of employment.

While in Dearborn, Mich., he was an active member of the Dearborn Evangelical Covenant Church and Dearborn Bible Church. When living in Somerset, he was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church in Nancy and First Baptist Church of Somerset. Upon moving to Bowling Green, he became an active member of Burton Memorial Baptist Church.

Collis is survived by his wife, Mazel H. Stumbo, and three sons, daughter (deceased) and nine grandchildren, Scott Stumbo and DeAnne Lund of Nashville, with Scott’s daughters, Allie and Hannah Stumbo of Simpsonville, David and Lori (Eaton) Stumbo of Bowling Green, with sons Zeke and Zach and daughter Rey Ann Stumbo; Matthew and Stacy (Hicks) Stumbo of Bowling Green, with sons Jordan and wife Jessica Stumbo, Cody and daughters Morgan and Madison Stumbo and a daughter Valerie Stumbo (deceased at birth).

Collis also had two brothers and a sister, Tilden Ray Stumbo of Lexington, Dewey Gilbert Stumbo of Wabash, Ind. (deceased) and Oneida Hall of Ypsilanti, Mich., (deceased).

Collis loved to hunt quail when he was younger and also loved to play golf. He played golf almost every day until the age of 86 with his good friend Henry Smith, until he had a fall and broke a shoulder and hip in February of 2011. He loved his children and grandchildren and was an inspiration to everyone around him. He touched many young lives as a teacher, coach and administrator over his years as an educator. He was loved and will be missed by so many.

Visitation will be at J.C. Kirby and Son, Lovers Lane Chapel in Bowling Green from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday. Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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