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Originally published: 2014-04-15 15:07:16
Last modified: 2014-04-15 16:00:03

Exie Beatrice Bumgardner

Exie Beatrice "Bea" Bumgardner, 92, of Boone, N.C., died Monday, April 7, 2014, at Sunrise on Providence, in Charlotte, N.C.  
She was born on December 29, 1921, in Mt. Holly, N.C. to Raymond Edgar Bumgardner, Sr. and Exie Ann Mayberry Bumgardner. She worked for 45 years as the bookkeeper and secretary/treasurer for Charlotte Dental Laboratory. Additionally, she traveled with and took photos for her friend, Virginia Burkhead, of International Travel, Charlotte. During over 30 years of traveling, she visited more than 70 countries.   Bea started drawing and painting as a child and became an accomplished artist and photographer who exhibited in many shows.  She was also the subject of several newspaper articles, including the Watauga Democrat, the Asheville Citizen Times and the Charlotte Observer.
She is survived by her brother, Raymond E.  Bumgardner, Jr, and sister, Betty Bumgardner Renfroe; a nephew, David S. Bumgardner and wife, Pam; three nieces, Angela Renfroe Iachetta and husband, Michael, Exie Penelope Renfroe Dover and husband, Scott, and Marguerite Bumgardner Ingles; three great-nephews, Mike Iachetta and wife, Peggy, Nathan Dover and wife, Caitlin, and Kevin Dover; two great-great-nephews, Andy and Ben Iachetta; a great-great-niece, Rylee Dover; and many other beloved family members.
Bea was a very spiritual woman who attended St. Johns Baptist Church while living in Charlotte and Mt. Vernon Baptist Church after moving to Boone.  A Memorial Service to celebrate her life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, 2014, at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, 3505 Bamboo Rd., Boone, N.C.
In place of flowers, to honor her memory, please send your donations to St. Judes Childrens Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Pl., Memphis, TN 38105-3678; Habitat for Humanity International, 270 Peachtree St., Suite 1300, Atlanta, GA  30309-1263; Samaritan's Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607; or Hospice of Charlotte, 1420 East 7th St., Charlotte, NC  28204.
Arrangements by T.H. Robertson Funeral and Cremation Service, 704-752-7710, http://www.throbertson.com.