John Walter Rumbelow III

November 21, 1954September 8, 2020
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On Tuesday, September 8, 2020, John Walter “Jay” Rumbelow III, loving father of three sons and one grandson and beloved member of the community of East Texas went to be with the Lord at the age of 65. Jay was born on November 21st, 1954 in Jacksonville, North Carolina to J.W. & Josephine Rumbelow. Jay was a 1973 graduate of Bullard High School. Jay would go on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Tyler. Jay would meet Lori Michelle Hunter, his wife of 22 years, in 1986 and they would later marry in 1988. Together they raised three sons; Ryan (30), Nicholas (29), and Trevor (26). Jay has been the owner and manager of Bruno’s Pizza since taking over from his father, J.W., after his passing in 1991. Jay had an unbelievable work ethic and truly cared about people and their wellbeing. He used these qualities to help build and maintain Bruno’s Pizza as an East Texas favorite and deliver delicious Italian family recipes and smiles to countless customers over the years. Jay’s kindness and generosity was evident everywhere in the community. Churches, schools and businesses could always look to Jay to cater a meal, donate to a cause, or simply stay open after hours. Jay is preceded in death by his father, J.W. Rumbelow Jr., and mother, Josephine Rumbelow, as well as his sister Toni Ford. Jay is survived by his ex-wife, Lori, and their three sons; Ryan Rumbelow & his wife, Laura, and Jay’s grandson; Jett, Nicholas Rumbelow, and Trevor Rumbelow. He is also survived by his brother, Bruno Rumbelow, and his sisters Valencia Ray, Valarie Webb, Gloria Bickerstaff, JoJean Smith and Mary Riedinger. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews as well as a large extended family. Jay truly lived a life with a “servant’s heart” and loved everyone he had the pleasure of meeting over the years. We will miss our beloved “Papa” Jay dearly. Pallbearers are Landry Lasseter, Robbie Lasseter, Terry Boyd, Carlos Amaya, Roy Austin and Jerry Rodriguez. Honorary pallbearers are Fred Bates and Rich Roper. A visitation is scheduled for Friday, September 11, 2020 from 5:00-7:00 pm at Lloyd James Funeral Home in Tyler. Funeral Services are scheduled for 11:00 am on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at First Baptist Church of Bullard with Bro. Roy Thoene officiating. Burial will follow the service at Bullard Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity of your choice in Jay’s honor.


  • Visitation

    Friday, September 11, 2020

  • Funeral Services

    Saturday, September 12, 2020

  • Burial

    Saturday, September 12, 2020


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Eddie and Delores Magallanez

September 19, 2020

We had the pleasure to know Jay and become friends and neighbors for many years. He was a truly caring and loving person with a big heart. He did truly care about everyone he knew. He will be greatly missed. Heaven received another great one.

Dwayne Rosewell

September 14, 2020

You were a great friend and teammate in Mens softball. We had many great memories. You will be missed.

Doris Crockett

September 12, 2020

I will miss seeing his smiling face. He never failed to recognize and acknowledge me by name even though we were only acquaintances. Prayers for comfort for his family.

Tony Dorsey

September 11, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Rumbelow family during this time of loss. Jay was a good and honorable man. He was a great example for his sons.

Rich Roper

September 11, 2020

He was my life long best friend! We had an unwavering friendship for 60 years! There will never be another Jay! Fly high sweet man. I love you!,

Dave Bain

September 11, 2020

We have always appreciated eating at Brunos in both locations. Such a treat to get a small salad & medium-size Hawaiian pizza.
Just enough for both of us. Will miss Jay & his gracious spirit!
Will not make the service as not driving much. Dave and Carolyn Bain.

Carey Christie

September 11, 2020

Jay played softball with my Dad so we started eating at Bruno's on Vine when I was young. He was always so kind to me. When I moved outside the state of Texas, he offered to send me a 1/2 order of spaghetti with meatballs and no salad on dry ice. My engagement party was held at the "new" Bruno's with Jay offering congratulations. He was a truly remarkable man and will be missed by many especially this Italian-food Bruno's loving woman!

Cheryle Hayley

September 10, 2020

May God bless you all during this time. Prayers for comfort to each of you. Jay was a wonderful person with lasting legacy to be honored.
Much love to you all
Cheryle Hayley

Randy McCugh

September 10, 2020

When I think back to my high school days, I remember Jay's dad. When I think of Bullard basketball, I remember four young men, Jay is one of those four. He was also an excellent baseball player. In those days Bullard didn't have football. We had basketball, baseball and track. We would actually have a golf team and a tennis team before football was brought to Bullard. As I remember, Jay was one of those who played 110% ALL THE TIME!

I sort of lost track of him after he graduated for several years. I would graduate in 1979 and go on to live life until meeting him again several years later. When I (re) introduced myself to him, I was greatly surprised to realize that he remembered me after so many years.

Bruno's won't be the same without Jay, but every time I go there, I will remember both he and his father. May God bless the family and keep you all. May HE grant you strength and comfort in the days, weeks and months to come.

Randy McCugh

Keith & Nancy Young

September 10, 2020

Ryan-Our prayers and condolences to your entire family.

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