Pettus-Turnbo Funeral Home

501 W Gaines St, Lawrenceburg, TN


James Umbarger

April 9, 1944June 27, 2020

James “J.P.” Umbarger, age 76 of Summertown, TN, passed away on Saturday, June 27, 2020 at Southern Tennessee Regional of Pulaski. He was Alpha Gamma Rho in his Alma Mater, the University of Tennessee. J.P. was a member of Summertown United Methodist Church. He was a retired Agriculture teacher, superintendent of the Lawrence County School System, guidance counselor, an honorary member of the Rotary Club, and a sponsor of the Interact Club at LCHS. J.P. was a cattle farmer who also loved to hunt.

He is preceded in death by his Parents, Edward and Marie Henley Umbarger Wiles; Step Father, Jeff Wiles. He is survived by his Wife, Sue Jordan Umbarger; Son, Jamie Umbarger (Tonya); Brothers, Marvin Umbarger, Willie Jeff Wiles; several nieces and nephews.

A Graveside Service will be held on Thursday, July 2, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. at Lawrence County Memorial Gardens with Brother Bobby Gobble officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ethridge United Methodist Church.


  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, July 2, 2020


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Billy Spencer

July 9, 2020

I grew up with J.P. And Marvin in Laconia, Tn. and wish we could turn back the clock and live those years together again. Nothing but good memories. Till we meet again.

Debra Cannon Davis Davis

July 6, 2020

Sorry to hear about Mr. Umbrage, PRAYERS for the family.

Larry Parrott

July 1, 2020

I remember J. P. when he was Superintendent of Schools. He was certainly a great man and was a compassionate and honest man. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. May God bless and comfort you during this time.

Larry Parrott
Murfreesboro, Tn

Barbara & Doug Lindsey

July 1, 2020

We have so many memories of J.P. and the entire family. We were neighbors for years and there is nothing J.P. would not do to help you in anyway. Our sons were the same age and played together. He was always busy, but always had time to help others. I know that it has been hard for Sue and Jamie the past few years as his health declined. We love and cherish this family.

Patty Wiles Lollar

June 30, 2020

J.P. was the kindest and friendliest cousin ! I remember the good times when everyone from Tennessee came to visit Grandma Wiles in Arkansas! Lots of good eating and fellowship under those big pecan trees! Our prayers go out to Sue, Jamie, Marvin and families! I know he will be missed dearly.

Patty Wiles-Lollar

Ginger Long Gobble

June 30, 2020

Mr. Umbarger was my high school guidance counselor and Mrs. Umbarger was one of my Home Ec teachers. I thought very highly of both. My condolences for Mrs. Umbarger and the family.

Kandy Norton

June 30, 2020

Sue and Jamie,
J.P. was such a precious, kind man. This world was a better place with him in it. He touched so many lives. My heart hurts for you all. Prayers and hugs to you during this difficult time.
Kandy Ayers Norton

Edith Jennings Helton

June 30, 2020

I use to enjoy seeing him out with the cows. Last year I picked him up walking on Corbin Street. He was past SES & headed toward hwy 20. I recognized him, but didn’t know his medical conditions. I knew he had walked a long way, so I stopped & gave him a ride to Dawns Deli where he said he was headed for a biscuit. Terry Dunn took him back home. I later learned he didn’t need to be out & about like that. He was a wonderful person. Condolences to the family for your great loss.