Bumpus married his wife, fellow education student Norma Allen, on March 5, 1955. He earned his B.S. from Bethany Nazarene College in Bethany, Oklahoma. After both had graduated, the couple moved to Birmingham and had two children, Robert Franklin Bumpus III (1956) and Laronda Ann Bumpus (1958).
Bumpus began his education career around 1960. He earned M.A. and Education Specialist degrees from the University of Alabama. He served as a teacher, principal, director of middle and elementary schools, and director of instruction for Decatur City and Jefferson County Schools. One of the schools he served as principal of was McNeil Junior High School in Hueytown.
In 1991, he became the relatively new Hoover City School's second superintendent. He had been was one of only two people pursued for the position. One of the major programs Bumpus spearheaded during his time as Hoover's superintendent was the construction of a third middle school. Bumpus announced his retirement in November 1995, effective May 31, 1996. Hoover later named its new middle school as Robert F. Bumpus Middle School in his honor.
The Bumpuses were also very active in the Nazarene Church, first in Bethany and then at Birmingham First Church of the Nazarene. They also helped start Forestdale Church of the Nazarene and served on the Alabama Nazarene District Council.
After his retirement in 1996, Robert and Norma Bumpus went on Work and Witness trips, including spending several months of 1998 volunteering at at the Nazarene Theological College in Muldersdrift, South Africa.
Bumpus later joined the Hoover school board in 2003, but resigned one and a half years into his five-year term. He cited personal reasons, primarily having to do with the care of his siblings who were in nursing homes or suffering from medical problems. The couple went on to settle in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Edna Snow (interim)
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