North  Carolina

Gaither Ray Bumgardner

Gaither Ray Bumgardner, 65, died Thursday, July 24, 2014. Mr. Bumgardner was born June 15, 1949, in Monroe, N.C., and was a son of the late Benjamin T. Bumgardner and Gertie Huffstetler Bumgardner. He was a graduate of Kings Mountain High School and Mars Hill University and received graduate degrees from Morehead State University and Winthrop University. He was former band director and school administrator in Chester and Lancaster Counties of South Carolina and present band director at Forestview High School in Gastonia, N.C. Mr. Bumgardner was a member of Great Falls Presbyterian Church where he formerly served as choir director, organist and pianist, and elder. He was presently serving as choir director, organist and pianist at Allison Creek Presbyterian Church in York, S.C. He is survived by his wife, Melissa "Lisa" Mackey Bumgardner; one son, Gaither Ray Bumgardner II of Brooklyn, N.Y.; two daughters, Victoria Lynn Bumgardner of Cullowhee, N.C., and Anna Bumgardner Lonon of Charleston, S.C.; two grandchildren, Jonathan "Jack" Lonon and Harper Rose Lonon, both of Charleston, S.C.; two brothers, Joseph L. Bumgardner (Judy) of Cheraw, S.C., and Eugene C. Bumgardner (Becky) of Rock Hill, S.C.; two sisters, Bentha B. Crook (David) of Winston-Salem, N.C., and Susan B. Huntsinger of Mooresville, N.C.; and a number of nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to Great Falls Presbyterian Church, 500 Dearborn St., Great Falls, SC 29055.