James "Dink" Riley Umphrey

James "Dink" Riley Umphrey, 55, of Smyrna, TN, passed away Wednesday, September 9, 2020, in Tennessee.


He was born January 24, 1965, in La Porte, Indiana, the son of James R. Sr. and Sharon K. (Chlebowski) Umphrey.


A native of La Porte, James lived in this area until the age of 23, when he moved to Tennessee. He served in the United States Army from 1984 until 1989. James worked for Bridgestone in Lavergn, TN for many years before retiring from FED-EX in Murfreesboro.  He loved fishing and watching Tennessee football, but his biggest joy was his family, who he cherished.

He is survived by his mother, Sharon Nell; daughter, Stephanie Carol Umphrey of Smyrna TN; two brothers, Michael Umphrey of La Porte, Shawn Donahoe of Wisconsin; a sister, Lisa (John) Cox of Smyrna, TN;  four adopted children; Madison, Taylor, Aubrey; and Daniel all of Murfreesboro;  lifelong love Teresa (Henley) Umphrey and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.


James was preceded in death by his father, James Sr.on July 15, 1977; his step-father, Robert Nell in 2018; and nephew Dallas Donahoe in 2003.


Local arrangements are being entrusted to Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 602 Maple Ave., La Porte, IN.  A graveside service will be held Saturday, September 26, 2020, at 12:00 noon with military honors at Pine Lake Cemetery.  A Celebration of James's Life will follow from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the Loyal Order of Moose, 925 Boyd Blvd, La Porte.  


Memorial contributions may be made to Sharon Nell.            

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