Allen Douglas Tumey

November 3, 1942March 25, 2013
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Lake Charles- Allen Douglas Tumey, 70, passed away in his residence. He was born in Indianapolis, Indiana and was currently living in Moss Bluff. He attended Indiana University and majored in English. After college he served in the Air Force from September of 1967 to September of 1971. During his military service career he was an Armed Forces News Journalist, serving in the Vietnam Conflict stationed in Thailand. Upon his discharge from the military he continued to work in journalism in New Mexico, Beaumont, TX, Lake Charles, LA, Evansville, IN and most recently in Baton Rouge, LA. He was best known for his Tumey’s Travels Feature where he traversed the Bayou Back Roads sharing the often unique and always entertaining stories of the area he had grown to love. He was frequently awarded over the course of his career both on the national and state level, among the honors he received was the coveted Iris Award from the National Association of Television Program Executives as well as numerous Associate Press awards. He is survived by his son, Christopher Tumey and wife, Alisha of Moss Bluff; brother, Charles James Tumey of Rogers, Arkansas; sisters, Betty and Joanne; grandson, Gibson Rhys Tumey. His memorial service will be 7pm, Thursday, March 28, 2013 at Hixson Funeral Home of Lake Charles. Visitation will begin 5pm-7pm. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at


  • Memorial Service Thursday, March 28, 2013
  • Visitation Thursday, March 28, 2013

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Jan Hardy

March 30, 2013

Chris, I knew you dad well and loed him dearly. He was such a character and alweys gave me 'Hell'. He couldn;t say 2 sentences without picking at me about something which certainly made for a lot of laughs. I spoke to your dad recently and as always he loved you more than anyone. Allend was exceptionally talented, had a great sense of humor, and was loved dearly by all those who knew him well. He could make ou laugh about just about anything. This world lost a beautiful spirit with the death of our dad. Jan Hardy

Van Marchand

March 28, 2013

Our deepest sympathy to the Tumey family. My dad is a former employee of WAFB-TV and a great fan of Mr. Tumey. He came to our hometown of St. Gabriel to do a story on my dad & his promise of faith and service that he made in WWII. Mr. Tumey was so kind and gracious. He made my dad feel like he was the most important person in the world at that moment. He showed great interest & passion for his talent. Mr. Tumey made everyday life seem like a cultural event. He will be sadly missed.

Sam Hall

March 28, 2013

Thinking of you and your family today and I'm sincerely sorry I can't be there for the service. Want to share something with you. Many times over the years., I told your dad he was every bit as good with feature reporting as Charles Kuralt, of CBS "On The Road" fame. Allen would brush that aside and accuse me of bias, because of our friendship. I'd admit to the bias,but remind him that it in no way changed the facts. He was as good a feature reporter as I've known or seen. I've cherished our friendship for more than 30 years and have had a heavy heart since learning of Allen's death.
God bless you all.

Glen Meek

March 27, 2013

My thoughts and condolences go out to the Tumey family. I had the pleasure of working with Allen during the 80's at KPLC.Easy-going and thoughtful, I never met a person more suited to the type of work they did. Rest in peace, brother and say "Hi" to Charles Kuralt in that big newsroom in the beyond.

March 27, 2013

My sincere condolences to Allen's family from a fellow-journalist in Baton Rouge. He undertook three ideas I emailed him to be featured, was totally conscientious, and enjoyed it. Twice he was a guest at my church's valentine dinner when the men cook for the ladies. He loved to eat good food, also. Everyone loved him. He was professional but friendly and ultra courteous. Very sweet man. I know you will miss him, and, frankly, I do not know how anyone could have done a better job of Tumey's Travels. May God be with him, and with you. Annabelle Armstrong, Baton Rouge, LA

Michele & Evan Douglas

March 27, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. What a great and talented man. Sure enjoyed his stories on Channel 14. He will be missed. Many hugs to all of you!

Nichele Hunt

March 27, 2013

Mr. Tumey was a kind man. He will be missed. My condolences to the family.

Pam Bordelon

March 27, 2013

My condolences to the Tumey family. I had the pleasure of crossing paths with Allen through work -- it was always fun.

March 27, 2013

I had the pleasure of knowing Allen during the 80's when he and my husband worked together at KPLC-TV. We became good friends and spent many fun times together. My sincere condolences for your loss. He was a gentle, sweet and very talented man. He will be missed by many.
Leila Smith (Dothan, AL)

Sandra Kelly

March 27, 2013

To the Tumey family I missed him a long time before this because of him I was able to learn more about this state a place I have live all my life than I ever knew existed. I understand your pain I lost my mother on the 8th of this month. You have my sympathy and my prayers.