Robert Bumgarner

September 17, 1958April 12, 2019
Play Tribute Movie

Rob Bumgarner, age 60, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 12, 2019.

He was born on September 17, 1958 in Salisbury, NC to the late Frank and Alma Bumgarner.

A graduate of Olympic High School, he received his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice at Western Carolina University where he made lifelong friends. Rob worked in the Restroom Hygiene Services Industry for over 30 years allowing him to meet friends all over the world. He had a great sense of humor, loved all sports (especially watching the Green Bay Packers with friends at The Hill), traveling with Joy, working out at Rob's No BS Gym, enjoyed spending time with his family, and going to the movies.

Rob is survived by his children, Grant Bumgarner and wife Erin, Austin Bumgarner, and Allison Bumgarner; grandchildren, Clayton and Nova Leigh Bumgarner; brothers, Rick Bumgarner and husband Duncan Brown and Larry Bumgarner and wife Kay; fiancee, Joy Seate; Sherry Tindall, mother of Austin and Allison and close friend; and fur baby, Buddy.

A visitation will be held from 3:00 pm until 6:00 pm on Sunday, April 14, 2019 at McEwen Funeral Service-Mint Hill Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make a donation to the charity of your choice in Rob's name.

Condolences may be offered at


  • Visitation Sunday, April 14, 2019

Robert Bumgarner

have a memory or condolence to add?

Debbie Justus Braswell

April 20, 2019

Rob was a dear friend. He could always make any situation or day better with his Robisms or joking. Peace and love to all his family and friends. I miss you.

Patti (Spillers) and Steve Lindenman

April 18, 2019

We were so shocked to hear of Rob's passing. Patti worked with him for many years at Mecklenburg Parks and Recreations in the summers during high school and college. Rob was truly a great guy who had an infectious smile that lit up the room.

We send our sincere condolences to his family and Joy. May his memory be a blessing to all of you.

Joy Seate

April 17, 2019

I will love you and miss you forever!

Kenny Smith

April 14, 2019

When I first started in the business all of the customers would tell me about Rob- and I did not meet him to several years later but he was the one who had the biggest impact on me as a technician. He was a good guy and a good boss and he knew awful lot about a lot of things. He helped me develop my natural abilities into becoming a great asset to the environment master number one franchise, I will never forget you and I will always love you ....... Kenny Smith

Sabrina Woodbery

April 14, 2019

sunshine smile
generous heart
prankster laugh
steadfast friend
gentle giant
May your memory be a blessing.

Jefferson DeVonde

April 14, 2019

RIP my friend and we first met playing football against each other while you were at Olympic HS & I at Myers Park then again while attending WCU. Many (too many) years later you coached my son (Chase) at Porter Ridge Middle School with Austin while playing football. We’d see and hear from each other occasionally but never enough. You will be missed but never forgotten. Rest In Peace & prayers to you and your family.

Peace & Love,

DeVonde’s (Jeff, Kimberly, Chase & Kendyl)

Brad Hackney

April 14, 2019

Rob, was like a brother to me, always there to listen and never judge, some of the best advise and life changing decisions were made based on his advice or suggestion, This is a man who never let anyone down and was a shining example of how we should treat others , I learned so much from Rob , I know he is in a better place now ,And just like Jesus I know he is here with us, I will carry him and his lessons in my heart for eternity until we meet in Heaven,And I ask you bring peace to the family Lord And all who love Rob, we never will have to worry or wonder about where Rob is spending eternity because we all know it he was truly an angel

Chris Downer

April 14, 2019

Safe in the arms of God, I will miss you my dear friend. Rest in peace.

Kevin Vita

April 14, 2019

To Rob's Family and Friends .....

I knew Rob from when we went to school at Smith and Olympic. I am going to miss seeing his posts about the Packers and the Cardinals and his weight lifting and power lifting. It was great to have known him and he will be greatly missed. I am still in shock that he is gone. I hope that right now, he has gotten a chance to meet Vince Lombardi and Bart Starr and all the rest of the Green Bay Packer greats. I am going to miss hearing about the passion that he had for power lifting.

Take Care and God Bless,
Kevin Vita

Mike Mason

April 13, 2019

To all of Rob's family and innumerable friends, May God Bless this great man's rest...and may God comfort all who knew and loved him.

I, as I m sure we all are still in a state of shock at the sudden loss and the inexplicable grief that it brings...I loved Rob like a brother and I will miss him and his spirit greatly. "Bum" as I ways called him was just one hell of a guy who made everyone smile with his warmth and great kindness and humor. Bum was a real "Man's Man". He was a great power lifter all his life and was still competitive in his passion for lifting.

I met Bum my freshman year at Olympic High School in 1977 when he was a senior. I always looked up to Rob as a big brother and a protector at times. Bum was a brute of a man until you met him and immediately understood that he had a heart as big as all outdoors.

I am no saint but I am a religious man and a believer in God and his grace for all of us, but I must admit that in the midst of my grief and shock this morning, I had to ask God, "WHY" and "WHY BUM" and "WHY NOW"? I try not to ever question God but I did this morning. Bum has been in my mind every minute of today while I have tried to understand God's purpose in this. Then God reminded me of the gift he gave me after 25 years of not seeing Rob. I ran into to him three years ago at Fletchers BBQ in Gastonia and we seemingly caught up on 25 years in an incredible lunch where he told me about his wonderful family and Joy the love of his life. We picked up our relationship right where we left off 25 years prior and started to have lunches when we could and he and Joy came over this summer for some smoked BBQ. I went this past summer to Bum's surprise 60th birthday party that Joy gave him. It was great to see the sparkle and gleam in his eyes every time he spoke of Joy...

Rob will be missed by all, but he leaves us with his his happy spirit. As trite as it may sound, Bum is in a better place and waiting for all of us to reunite...

I love you Bum...