Wilfred "Will" Esley Bumbalough

October 12, 1926February 19, 2019

Bumbalough, Will 92 of Knoxville, TN went to be with the Lord Tuesday, February 19, 2019. He was a proud WWII Navy veteran. Will retired from the US Postal Service after many years of faithful service. He was a founding member of Farragut Christian Church and Christian Church of Loudon County. Will was preceded in death by parents, Esley and Ethel Bumbalough; 4 sisters and one brother. He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Sue Bumbalough; sons, Ted (Sandy) Bumbalough, Don (Jamie) Bumbalough; grandchildren, Brandi (Kyle) Picou, Ryan (Kelcey) Bumbalough, Jessica (Travis) Dickson, Daniel (Kelly) Bumbalough, Kyle Bumbalough; 7 great grandchildren; sister; several nieces and nephews. Family will receive friends Friday, February 22nd from 12-2pm at Berry Highland West on Sherrill Blvd with funeral service at 2pm and graveside service following.


  • Visitation Friday, February 22, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, February 22, 2019
  • Committal Service Friday, February 22, 2019

Wilfred "Will" Esley Bumbalough

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Laura Sprance

February 21, 2019

I have so many fun memories of Uncle Will and Aunt Sue, along with Ted and Don. As kids, my brother, Paul and I loved when we would travel to TN to visit them. They always showed us a fun time and Uncle Will used to tease me and call me "Ole Karate Chop". We would get excited when they would come to VA too, and visit. My daddy was 10 years younger than Uncle Will. He told me when he was a little boy, that his big brother Will was a "grown up" that he admired and I think he even went on dates sometimes with Uncle Will and Aunt Sue. I am so happy that we have stayed connected all these years and that Gary and I enjoy spending our time with our family and TN cousins. We wish it could be more often. We love you all and grieve with you that Uncle Will is gone. We feel like he was blessed to have Don and the family there to be with Uncle Will and to care for both he and Aunt Sue. It's not easy, I'm sure. It's the end of an era when our daddies pass away, but we can be comforted with good memories and fun times and the knowledge that we will meet again in heaven, one day. We love you all!

Betty Oliver

February 21, 2019

What wonderful memories with Uncle Wilford and Aunt Sue! When they would come to Virginia, we were lucky to have them stay with us for a few days! Uncle Wilford was always eager to help his sister, Jimmie Mae around her home fixing whatever she needed. How they loved my husband, Jerry! I remember when JERRY and I took Uncle Wilford and Aunt Sue to the Grand Ole Oprey in Nashville, Tennessee. What fun we had seeing the country music singers up close! All those exciting family reunions and they were such a part of them! What fond memories I will hold in my heart of Jerry’s uncle and aunt!

Ted Bumbalough

February 20, 2019

So many memories, but one I think Don may remember as well. I remember getting crab nets while camping at Myrtle Beach. I remember taking those nets to the pier and tying a chicken leg to the bottom putting a rope through the eyelet and over the side they went. I remember catching crabs and taking them back and cooking them. Fond memories keep coming back. I know we took that same net, when the boys were small, to Appalacicola Florida and catching , and cooking, crabs with them.