Emmett Wayne Cumbow, 72, passed away at his home on Sept. 25. He was born in Abingdon, Va., to the late Maynard and Lucille Cumbow. Wayne is survived by his beloved wife of 45 years, Andrea; his children, Jarrod Cumbow of Morristown, Victoria Cumbow of Nashville; his former daughter-in-law, Christy Vicini of Morristown; his five grandchildren, Lacey, Spencer, Clai, Kyler and Kristopher; and his dog, Pepper.
A 1966 graduate of John S. Battle High School, Wayne later graduated from Bluefield College and ETSU. He spent years as a minister of music at several churches in East Tennessee before serving at Farmstead Baptist Church in Jasper, Ala., where he also served as a youth pastor. He was currently a member of Nance’s Grove Baptist Church in New Market, Tenn., where he served as minister of music.
Extroverted and with a heart for service, he spent countless hours serving not only his congregations, but his community at large. Up until his cancer diagnosis, he served as volunteer chaplain with Covenant Health. He poured into those around him and worked diligently to share the love of Christ with those he encountered. He loved the Lord with all his heart, and his greatest accomplishments included being a husband, father and grandfather (“Paw”) and making sure his family knew the love of the Father. He rarely met a stranger, and if he did, they weren’t strangers for long. A renaissance man, he was good at many things and even in retirement, never sat still for long. He simply loved life and loved people.
The family of Wayne Cumbow will be holding a visitation on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020 from 1-3 p.m. at Alder Funeral Home. (4524 W. Andrew Johnson Hwy., Morristown, TN 37814) The visitation will be followed by a brief celebration-of-life at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to JDRF Tennessee, 105 Westpark Dr., Ste. 415, Brentwood, TN 37027, Nolichucky Baptist Association Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 326, Morristown, TN 37815 or Gideon’s International Jefferson County, P.O. Box 1245, Dandridge, TN 37725.
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Arrangements by Alder Funeral Home
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