Robert Louis Kumpe, Sr., passed away peacefully at his home March 31, 2017, at the age of 103. He was born February 16, 1914, in Ironton, Arkansas to Christopher and Effie Kumpe. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Susan Gertrude Kumpe, son, Robert Kumpe, Jr., daughter, Phyllis Ford, brothers, John Otto, Wilbur and Henry Kumpe, and sister, Bertie Dollins.
He was a charter member of Olive Hill Missionary Baptist Church and was ordained as Deacon. He was a member of First Missionary Baptist Church of Mabelvale for over 65 years where he served faithfully as Deacon and Sunday school teacher.
He is survived by children, Carolyn (Robert) Ashcraft of Mabelvale, Grace Lea (W.M.) Smith of Haskell, Kay (Troy) Collins of Bauxite, and Philip (Kathy) Kumpe of Haskell; sister, Lola M. Kumpe of Mabelvale; 23 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren, 8 great great-grandchildren and a host of friends and loved ones.
He retired in 1967 from the U.S. Postal Service as a Railway Mail Clerk. He was a charter member of the Saline County National Association for Retired Federal Employees (NARFE). He also served as the clerk for the Pine Bluff Association of Missionary Baptist Churches.
Visitation will be Thursday, April 6, at 10:00 a.m. with a Celebration of Life at 11:00 a.m. at First Missionary Baptist Church of Mabelvale with Pastors Robbie Horne and Melvin Burris officiating. Interment will follow at Olive Hill Cemetery.