James ‘Jimmy’ Edward Umberger

James “Jimmy” Edward Umberger, 71, of Pulaski, Va., died Wednesday, May 7, 2014.  He was born Sept. 12, 1942 in Pulaski and was the son of the late Mary Susan Roseberry and Allen Chaffin Umberger.  Jimmy was a United States Army Veteran, having retired after 22 years with two tours of Vietnam.  He was a member of the American Legion, V.F.W., Amvets and was a Shriner, being active in the Hillbillies and a Road Runner for hospital transportation.  He was also a proud member of the Henry Clay Masonic Lodge #280 A.F. & A.M.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Alvin Umberger. 

He is survived by his wife, Gladys Jane Umberger, of Pulaski; son, Stephen Edward Umberger, and his wife, Sarah, of Willow Grove, Pa.; daughter, Sarah Elizabeth King, and her husband, Shane, of Wytheville; brother, Douglas C. Umberger, and his wife, Patty, of Pulaski; sisters, Mary Sayers and her husband, Kermit, of Draper, and Barbara Fitzgerald of Pulaski; sister-in-law, Ann Umberger of Pulaski;  brothers and sisters-in-law;  H.L. and Frances Sutphin of Pulaski, and Dennis and Senita Haga of Pearsisburg.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 13 at 11 a.m. at Seagle Funeral Home with the Rev. Johnny Howlett officiating.  Interment will follow at Memorial Christian Church Cemetery in Draper, where the active military will serve as pallbearers and provide full military honors.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday from 6 until 8 p.m.  Henry Clay Lodge will provide a Masonic Service at 8 p.m. in Seagle’s Chapel, and everyone is invited to attend.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in the form of donations to the Shriner’s Hospital Transportation Fund, or to any local charity of your choice.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.seaglefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Seagle Funeral Home, Pulaski, Va., 540-980-1700.



3 Responses to James ‘Jimmy’ Edward Umberger

  1. Janet Friend Murphy

    May 13, 2014 at 7:58 am

    Mary: I am so sorry for your loss. I didn’t know your brother, Jimmy, but I am seeing on Facebook that he was well loved and admired. I admire all those who have fought so hard for our country and I thank him for his service. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Special prayers are being sent for him. Love you.

  2. Shirley Friend Payne

    May 13, 2014 at 8:22 am

    I have precious memories as a young teen, riding behind Jimmy on his bike. It’s been 50 years since so those days, but ask me about my first bike ride….It was special because Jimmy was special. Thank you Mary for sharing him with us.

  3. joann lytton

    May 13, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Taught me to drive, a friend since I was 14 loved him love his family

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