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Marvin Leroy Cumbie

Marvin Leroy Cumbie

October 28, 1941 - March 16, 2020     Age: 78

Leroy Cumbie, 78, of Fernandina Beach passed away Monday, March 16, 2020 at San Jose Health Rehabilitation in Jacksonville.

Born in Jacksonville, Leroy was a son of the late Marvin and Betty Barnhart Cumbie.

Leroy graduated from Ribault High School in Jacksonville. After high school Leroy begin work for WAPE radio as a reporter. He also worked a free lance photographer. Leroy covered many significant news events during the late 1950’s and 1960’s. Whether reporting on a parade, a riot or a traffic crash, Leroy seemed to have a knack for being in the right place at the right time. He was eating at a nearby diner at the time of the Roosevelt Hotel fire. He saw smoke coming from the building and was the first person to get to the hotel. He was instrumental in helping some of the occupants escape the building.

After changes with WAPE, Leroy began to work for WQIK. Later, changes in the news business led him away from radio. Leroy begin a career that would be much of his life for years to come. He worked with some of the funeral homes in the Jacksonville area. At Corey-Kerlin Funeral Homes and Hardage-Giddens Funeral Homes he was able to help families at a low point in their lives. Assisting on funeral services, going on out of town trips and sometimes scheduling staff and automotive resources to insure families were well served, Leroy worked in many aspects of funeral service. In addition to his work at area funeral homes, Leroy also served as driver for Dana’s Limousine Service. Even in retirement Leroy continued to assist, on a part time basis, Giddens-Reed and Naugle Funeral Homes.

A few years ago, Leroy moved to Fernandina Beach and was associated with Oxley-Heard Funeral Directors. He lived in the apartment above the funeral home and was available to answer the phone and door after hours. Leroy would also avail himself to out of town trips for funeral services across the southeast.

After moving to Fernandina Beach Leroy became a fixture of the community as he continued his love of photography. Photographing events such as parades and music performances, wildlife at Ft. Clinch or other community activities Leroy became recognized about town as the man with the camera. Besides photography his other passion was Bluegrass music. He often combined the two as he would travel to listen to his favorite groups, take pictures and record the event.

He leaves behind his children, Dana Gast of Fitzgerald, GA, Vikki (Timmy) Reed of McIntosh, AL, Valerie (Steven) Brock of Jacksonville and Jolene (Steven) Bates of Lewisburg, TN; his siblings, Jimmie (Marsha) Cumbie, Sharon Palmer and Pam (Ray) Bedenbaugh, all of Jacksonville; 10 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services will be held Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Mandarin Cemetery. The family will receive friends beginning at 1:30 PM.

14 Condolences

  • Harveda Moon Posted March 17, 2020 8:40 pm

    Jimmy, please know that prayers are covering you and you family for the loss of Leroy! I will be there in spirit! h

  • Linda Ganey Williams Posted March 17, 2020 8:47 pm

    So very sorry for the loss of Leroy. You and your Family will be in our Prayers. Heaven has gained a new Angel

  • Brenda Hunt Posted March 17, 2020 9:24 pm

    My condolence to Leroy’s family.. So very sorry to hear this. Leroy was well loved by many many friends. I only knew him about 3 years was so happy to have him as a friend. We went to see our friend Tommy Edwards play a few times. Tommy & I got Leroy to photograph our 50th class reunion in Sept of 2018.
    He was a dear man will be missed by all.💕

  • Margo Story Posted March 18, 2020 2:37 am

    My sincere condolences to his family, Leroy was a good man……..may the eternal light shine upon him.

  • Margo Story Posted March 18, 2020 2:38 am

    My sincere condolences to his family, Leroy was a good man.He is w/ the angels taking pictures…….

  • Barry Little Posted March 18, 2020 6:34 am

    Leroy was one of my first friends I made in Florida. I liked him as a friend and respected him as a co-worker. A true professional.

  • Debra Teston Lovell Posted March 18, 2020 10:19 pm

    Valarie and Family, I am praying for your strength during this difficult time. May God wrap his arms and holds you at peace while you all are in need of a peace that only the Lord can provide. Wish I could give you a hug right now Valarie, but I am praying for you sweetheart.

  • Jasmine Wilkinson Posted March 18, 2020 10:43 pm

    My deepest condolences for the passing of your daddy, Valerie, my thoughts and prayers are with you and family..

  • Linda Ashton Posted March 19, 2020 1:05 am

    Jimmie, I am so sorry to hear of your loss of Leroy. Prayers for you and your family.

  • Jamy Rose Posted March 19, 2020 8:41 am

    Valerie I’m so sorry for your loss. May God comfort you and your family and this time of grief.

  • Cameron Naugle Posted March 19, 2020 5:23 pm

    Leroy was a great coach driver, dispatcher and friend, We are all truly better people for having known, learned from and working beside him. It is with great sadness that we all mourn his passing into the afterlife. I pray there is a big bluegrass band on the other side that he is enjoying it right now.

  • Caylin cumbie Posted March 20, 2020 12:33 pm

    Great grandpa

  • Brenda Chandler Brubeck Posted March 20, 2020 6:05 pm

    Sharon, so sorry to hear of his passing. I saw him many times at Oxley Heard and around town. R.I.P. Leroy.

  • Dana Posted March 24, 2020 8:42 am

    I’ll miss you dear loving father of mine till we meet again you are in my heart and soul thank you dearest daddy for all these years 1# daughter Dana xoxo

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