Ananias Lumpkin, maintenance chief

The Baltimore Sun

Ananias "Lump" Lumpkin, a retired maintenance supervisor whose career at The Sun spanned more than 40 years, died of cancer Tuesday at his Baltimore home. He was 80.

Mr. Lumpkin was born in Ino, Va., the son of a farmer. He spent his early years on his father's farm in King and Queen County, Va., before moving to Baltimore in 1939.

"He was raised by his uncle and aunt because Baltimore had better educational opportunities at the time," said a son, Harry Nathaniel Lumpkin of Stafford, Va.

He was a member of the track team at Douglass High School, where he met his future wife, Hazel Butler. After graduating from Douglass, the couple wed in 1946.

In 1948, he went to work in the janitorial department at The Sun's former Sun Square building at Baltimore and Charles streets.

He was eventually promoted to supervisor of maintenance, a position he held until retiring in 1990.

A tall, trim man who always wore a visored black hat, he was recalled by former co-workers for his cheerful disposition and willingness to help.

During his 42 1/2 years working at the newspaper, he missed only seven days of work, his son said.

"That was because he had slipped on the ice going to work one morning that resulted in a broken leg," his son said. "He couldn't go to work because his leg was in a cast."

Mr. Lumpkin was a world traveler and was an avid crossword puzzle fan.

The Elgin Avenue resident was a longtime active member of Simmons Memorial Baptist Church, 601 N. Cumberland St., where services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday.

In addition to his wife and son, Mr. Lumpkin is survived by another son, Jerome Ananias Lumpkin of Brandywine; a brother, Charles Lumpkin of Ino; a sister, Winifred Willis of Philadelphia; and five grandchildren.

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