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Our brother, son, uncle and friend John Scott Lumpkin, of Sunbury, unexpectedly left us on June 15, 2016, at the age of 54.

The first-born son of F. Baker Lumpkin and Rebecca Anne Hewitt, Scott was born in Richmond, Va., on Jan. 6, 1962. The family relocated to Sunbury in 1972, and the small city became Scott's adopted hometown where he developed life-long friendships during his years in the Shikellamy and Lewisburg Area School Districts. Upon graduating from Lewisburg Area High School in 1980, Scott attended Williamsport Area Community College where he concentrated in plumbing and welding, graduating in 1982. He joined the Navy in 1982, and served his country until 1989 on the USS Coral Sea. While in the service, he visited unique and distant parts of the world such as the Persian Gulf, and he would often send gifts and tokens to his family from the various ports-of-call he visited in the Middle and Far East.

After his discharge in 1989, he settled in the Norfolk, Va. area, where he worked in the shipyards and enjoyed living right on the beach. It is no coincidence that he had a deep appreciation for living and working near the water, an appreciation that was born of the family's annual sojourns to Garden City Beach, S.C.

He returned to the Sunbury area in 2006, and once again lived near the water on Chestnut Street just a block away from the Susquehanna River, where he spent his final years.

He is survived by his mother, Rebecca Anne Hewitt-Lumpkin, of Lewisburg; siblings, William of Maine, Virginia of Watsontown, Juliet of Beavertown, Morris of Fort Mill, S.C.; and his beloved dog Samantha.

He loved life, animals, nature, political and religious discussions (and arguments!), and was a deeply curious individual interested in profound questions about life and existence.

A memorial gathering for friends and family to honor Scott's memory will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016, at the Shikellamy State Park and Marina.
Published on  June 19, 2016
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