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James "Jim" Garland Rumph

July 31, 1942 ~ June 15, 2022 (age 79)

Obituary

Jim Rumph, 79, after a brief battle with cancer, died Wednesday June 15, 2022. We are grateful he lived a robust, adventurous life, traveling the world and creating memories with family.
Jim is survived by his wife, Linda, of 32 years; children Heather Richmond (Chuck), Holly James (Kara), Laurel Rumph, John Trembeczki (Charnell); grandchildren Alex, Jessica, Abby, Austin, Lily, Dale, Jeremy and Kyle; sisters Julia H. Jones of St. Augustine, FL and Dottie Lindsey (Carl) of Searcy, AR; as well as several nieces and nephews David, Betsy (Mark), Lori (Joe); Carl (Daryn), John (Tiffany), Jennifer (Andrew), Preston (Staci), Hugh (Pepper) and Cassandra (Eric). Jim was preceded in death by his sister Alice Smith, cousin Elise Daniel and his step-son Joe Trembeczki.

Jim was born July 31, 1942, son of the late James Harvey and Alice Olivia Chandler Rumph in Camden, Arkansas. He was a 1960 graduate of Camden High School. After attending Arkansas Tech, Jim set off to make his mark in the world! As a young adult Jim moved to Washington D.C. where he worked for Senator John McClellan, served in the National Guard and began his family. He moved his family to Raleigh, NC in the late 60’s where he began his career with 3M. In the late 70’s, he started his own business, Southeastern Microfilm Incorporated, later SMI Imaging, in Raleigh. For several decades he was a dynamic industry leader, employing many friends and family members, and others that became like family. He worked closely with NC State Archives and served many of the State’s Register of Deeds offices.

Upon the sale of SMI Imaging, Jim spent early retirement years in Marco Island, Florida where he and Linda enjoyed boating, cruising and fishing. Later, they moved back to the Carolinas to be closer to family, and Jim began a career in Real Estate. He and Linda made a hobby out of buying and selling homes in areas including Greenville, SC; Connestee Falls (Brevard NC), where he enjoyed the views of the mountaintops and watching the bears play in his backyard; Hendersonville, NC, where he enjoyed sitting by the pond, sipping a Tito’s martini and puffing on a cigar; New Bern, NC, where he was able to enjoy boating and fishing again; and finally Whispering Pines, NC where he loved the barbecue and good neighbors. While in Whispering Pines, he and Linda rescued their lovable 80-pound Goldendoodle, Bear! He enjoyed playing with Bear and watching TV from his comfy recliner! He was a proud lifelong member of the Sons of the American Revolution, and enjoyed taking his grandson, Alex, to his last meeting.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for you to consider donating to Carolina Animal Rescue and Adoption (CARA) www.cara-nc.org, the rescue organization which introduced them to Bear, the American Cancer Society www.cancer.org, First Health Hospice & Palliative Care https://www.firsthealth.org/specialties/hospice-and-palliative-care/firsthealth-hospice-house, or
to a charity of your choice.

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