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Douglas c. Bumgardner, 87, passed away march 9 at the hubbard hospice house in charleston. He grew up with his younger siblings tom and june on the west side, in south ruffner, and in kanawha city. He showed an early knack for business by selling the charleston daily mail on street corners at age Doug attended watts and mcwiggan grade schools, thomas jefferson and chamberlain junior high schools, and charleston high school, graduating in During these years, he worked in a wide range of jobs.
He waited tables, sold books and bibles door to door, built houses, dug ditches, loaded boxcars, painted guardrails on the west virginia turnpike, laid railroad tracks, and filled pepsi bottles. He also worked as a minister and choir director at emmanuel and tyler mountain baptist churches, served as principal of parsons elementary, and taught in one-room schools at grandview ridge and kanawha two mile.
Inhe settled into a longer-term job at morris harvey college now university of charleston. Even there, he was a jack of all trades. And he still had time to start a family. Inhe married rena thompson at the charleston baptist temple. They would remain members of the church for the rest of their lives.
They were married for 56 years until her death in Inhe became a father. Doug and rena named their son after their two fathers: stanley albert.
Inhe became a grandfather. Put simply, doug was always there when his family needed him most. He was also the family photographer, which explains why the family had to go back 50 years to find a good photo of him. Even for those who knew doug, a lot of the story might seem new up to this point because he will always be remembered best for one endeavor: the kanawha coin shop.
The shop moved several times before settling into its current fife street now brawley walkway location in He actually started the shop to keep his father busy in retirement. When his dad retired for good indoug went into the coin business full time. The kanawha coin shop became the passion of his life.
He helped found and support coin clubs in charleston, beckley, logan, and parkersburg, and visited schools to get young people excited about coin collecting. He often gave children free coins to get them started in the hobby. He was typically at the shop six days a week, unless there was a weekend coin show.
He maintained this busy schedule until the day before his first stroke in mid-february. The shop was much more than a business to him and his customers. He gave the place the feeling of a general store, where the regulars could swap stories and bad jokes. And doug was the ringleader of this daily show, holding court and telling incredibly corny puns.
Per his wishes, the shop will continue on, but it and downtown charleston will never be the same again. Doug was a beloved fixture in charleston. He made an immediate impression on everyone he met and will have a lasting impact on his family and hundreds of friends. Their lives are much better for having known doug. He was preceded in death by his wife rena, sister june, and brother tom, who passed away just a month ago. He is survived by his son stan and grandson guy, both of charleston; sister-in-law betty canterbury bumgardner and nephew jeff susan of red sulphur springs; niece myra bumgardner of winston-salem, n.
Scott also manages the coin shop.
Doug and rena were lifelong supporters of community music in charleston. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in their memory to fund for the arts, quarrier street, suitecharleston, wv A coin collector told his psychiatrist that he kept having recurring dreams about rare s vdb pennies.Wife Swap Spolansky/Bradley 1
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