Condolences for Carol White Bumgarner

Tonya Baldwin Hudson posted on 12/1/16

I did not know that Mrs. Bumgarner had died. She was such an elegant, gracious, lovely woman. I took piano lessons from her in middle school, and she taught me so much about music and about life. I loved to hear her play in church, and I loved to see her smile. What a wonderful lady she was.


Cindy Morris Norman posted on 10/4/16

John, I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. I know you have many wonderful memories that will help you through this difficult time. Many people have been blessed with her gift of generosity, along with her tremendous musical talents. She was certainly an amazing lady that I am so very proud to have known and to have had the opportunity to have in my life. Much love to you.


Jennifer Flynn Zarins posted on 10/3/16

Mrs. Bumgarner was an amazing musician, gifted teacher and an example. She cared deeply about people. Smiled truly and laughed honestly. Served God humbly. And honored Him with both her talents and her daily life. As my piano teacher for nine years, Mrs. Bumgarner taught me music theory and piano technique. But wrapped around those lessons was the real gift. Her. Time spent with Mrs. Bumgarner always left me feeling challenged, grateful and inspired.


Danny Mason posted on 9/26/16

A wonderful and gifted lady who I had the pleasure of knowing as I was growing up in the Grimesdale Community. She was always cheerful and I remember listening to the beautiful piano as I often rode my bike to visit a great childhood friend in her son John. I will always cherish those memories. John, words do not suffice to express the heartfelt sorrow I feel for the passing of your mother. May each day bring a wonderful memory and an easement in your sorrow.


Lindy Flynn Blalock posted on 9/26/16

Carol Bumgarner, taught me both musically and spiritually. I began calling her Mrs. B as a teenager and it simply stuck through the years. A beautiful Christian woman, she was elegant, humble, articulate and witty; her spirit always sparkled. She so easily shared God’s love and word with wisdom and warmth. Her musical gifts were beyond simple skill; you felt her heart when she played. My favorite memories of studying under her were those lessons that ended early, and we would trade seats. She would graciously perform pieces for me that I delighted in hearing before the next student arrived (arguably the greatest composers of all time that I would never be able to play). I marveled that here was this woman, in my hometown, who had the artistry and ability to perform and interpret the most masterful music ever written for piano. And she did so exquisitely. So many life lessons were cemented into me from studying music with Mrs. B. Even after I went on to college and then moved out of state, Christmas was our time to visit and catch up every year. As the years went on, she never complained about the physical challenges she lived with but lived gracefully and gratefully. Mrs. B will always have a place in my life. She lives on in the piano music in my own home now, but more importantly, in the place in my heart that she built where music is felt and understood. She truly was the best of what we all should be.


Tim and Robin Reese Ertzberger and Tammy Reese Vadasz posted on 9/25/16

Carol blessed so many people with her gift of musical expression on the piano. She was a dedicated member of the Lord's mission team in her own church. Her smile as she played and whenever you saw her was refreshing when you were struggling that day. Mom and Dad loved to listen to her play and now they are together again in heaven praising God. John and family, my deepest sympathies to you in your loss.


Mark Hollingsworth posted on 9/24/16

A very beautiful and elegant lady to the end...and to a new beginning. You are the mother of my very best friend and I count you as my mother also. Thank you for the smile and life you gave us both. Love and peace forever CB,



RaY and Trudy Bennett posted on 9/24/16

Whenever I have some adversity that enters my life I remember the tremendous struggle Carol had with polio and her determination to play the piano. She worked so hard to be able to play and was truly an inspiration to all who knew her and her story. Her technically proficient music brought others much enjoyment and spiritual inspiration. "One day a bright new wave will break upon the shore and there will be no sickness, no more sorry, no more war..." Thank you Carol. Peace to you John.


Kohlan and Linda Flynn posted on 9/24/16

We are so grateful for the influence Carol so generously shared with our family through her gift of music, her professionalism, and her grace. Her piano lessons were so much more than learning to play music. She instilled the technical side and nourished the expressive foundation. And more importantly, she cultivated the spirtual life of each student. Every piano recital began with a prayer. Hearing Carol play the piano in our church was always a gift and a worshipful experience. Her life counted in ours.


Alton Connor posted on 9/23/16

My dear friend Carol ~ You will be so greatly missed. What a tremendous blessing you were to me for so many years and I will forever treasure the friendship that we developed the year you and I worked together in Grade 1 Sunday School at the church. God blessed you with a most incredible musical talent and you shared that talent for so many years bringing honor to Him! I regret that we lost touch over the last year and that I did not know you were in poor health. My heart is sad because you are gone for now, but I rejoice that one day soon, I will see you again "When we all get to Heaven"!!! God's peace to your son and His grace in abundance to all of us who were blessed to have you in our lives all these many years! To God be the Glory for the life of dear precious Carol Haake White Bumgarner!!!