Wayne Brumbeloe, McComb, MS

Wayne Lamar Brumbeloe passed away suddenly on Friday, October 19, 2018, at Southwest MS Regional Medical Center in McComb, MS. surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on Eglin Air Force Base in Fort Walton FL on November 1, 1962, to the (late) Thomas L. Blumbeloe and Dorothy Joyce (Waller) Brumbeloe Blair.

Wayne never met a stranger, gave freely of himself, frequently performing random acts of kindness for loved ones, friends and strangers. Wayne understood life is often filled with heartache, trials and tribulations which allowed him to easily recognize others in need. Wayne strived to be a true and honest friend to everyone he met as he traveled through life.

Throughout his life Wayne was an avid weightlifter, football and baseball enthusiast. He was an excellent baseball player from his youth. He was offered scholarships and scouts from the Houston Astros offered him a chance to be a part of their team.

He began working in the Petroleum Industry at the age of 16 while stretching the truth about his age to gain employment. Wayne worked his way through the ranks from breaking out offshore to becoming an Independent Drilling Consultant, most recently working for Paloma Operations in Oklahoma. Previously he worked for Freedom Oil & Gas, Conoco Phillips, Marathon Oil and others during the course of his 38 year career. Like many in his profession the long hours away from home limited time spent with family. Always a blessing to him was his daughter Kara. Wayne was a doting grandfather, he would say “ my little Evie is so precious, I just love her and she is the highlight of my life.”

He was a caring and loving husband to his wife Paula, and they were teenage sweethearts. She was the love of his life and once reconnected they married in 2013. They traveled all over together going on many adventures. Some even included a “first” for them both. While in San Francisco this year, Wayne experienced live theater. While he was filled with reservation about what his beautiful wife was dragging him into, he very much enjoyed it and wanted to go again. In truth Wayne was adventurous and with Paula by his side, together they were trailblazers creating precious memories.

Wayne is survived by his wife, Paula Brister Brumbeloe; mother and stepfather, Dorothy Joyce and James Blair; daughter, Kara Harper (Will); stepson Corey Price (Noell); sisters, Debra Elizabeth Brumbeloe, Kimberly Sue Smith Boyd; brother, John Lou Guerry Smith; granddaughter, Evelyn Harper

He was preceded in death by his father, Tommy Brumbeloe; brother, Jeffrey N. Smith and sister, Laura Michelle Igleharte.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018, at Tutor Funeral Home, 3035 Hwy 13 S, Mendenhall, MS from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 21, at Tutor Funeral Home with interment to follow in Ruth Cemetery in Brookhaven, MS. Brother Roger Lee will officiate.

Arrangements are entrusted with Tutor Funeral Home of Mendenhall.