He was born July 31, 1939, at Slaty Fork, a son of the late John Tumblin and the late Mattie Sage Tumblin.
He was a veteran of the United States Army and was honorably discharged in 1963. He worked for 30 years with Exxon, starting as a truck driver and retired as a fleet regional manager in 1996.
Mr. Tumblin had many interests and loved being outdoors. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed all types of fishing. During his lifetime, he achieved eight holes-in-one while playing one of his favorite pastimes, golf. He was a devout Christian and attended Morgantown Bible Church. He was loved by many and treasured his time spent with friends and family.
John is survived by his wife of 48 years, Phyllis Ann (Friel) Tumblin; one son, John A. "Tony" Tumblin of Morgantown; two daughters, Shelly R. Parulis and spouse, David Parulis, of Maysville, N.C., and Dianna L. Frymier-Banks and spouse, Lucas Banks, of Madison, Va.; five grandchildren, Jamie Parulis of Jacksonville, N.C.; and grandson-in-law, Joshua Ellison of Jacksonville, N.C.; grandchildren, David M. Parulis of Maysville, N.C., Julie L. Frymier and Lauryn L. Frymier of Madison, Va.; one great-granddaughter, Hailey L. Parulis of Jacksonville, N.C.; two sisters, Jewell Tumblin Galford and brother-in-law Merritt Walls of Morgantown and Judy Tumblin Jones and brother-in-law James Jones of Monterville; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Gene Tumblin.
Friends and family may call at Morgantown Bible Church, 1407 Brookhaven Road, Morgantown Thursday, Sept. 20, from noon until the time of the funeral service at 2 p.m. with Pastor Jim Cooley II officiating.
On Friday, Mr. Tumblin will be taken to Calvary Assembly of God, Route 219 south in Valley Head where additional viewing will take place from noon until 1 p.m. From there, family and friends will immediately process to Mingo Cemetery, Mingo, where graveside committal services with full military honors will take place.
Hastings Funeral Home of Morgantown is in charge of the arrangements. Send condolences online at www.hastingsfuneralhome.com.