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Life Member Russell Mumford Passes
Friday, April 18, 2014

James Russell Mumford Sr., 78, of Delmar answered his last alarm Friday, April 18, 2014, at Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury. He was born on Sept. 3, 1935, in Wango, a son of the late Henry and Rosa Mumford. Russell served his country in the U.S. Navy. He began his 52-year career with the Wicomico County Sheriff's Department on Jan. 15, 1962, under Sheriff Sam Graham, serving under every sheriff from that time on including the current Sheriff Mike Lewis. Prior to that, he was a member of the Wicomico County Auxiliary Police under Civil Defense Director Evelyn Beahm. He also spent over 40 years working at Sears. He joined the Delmar Fire Department in 1971 and is a life member. In 1980, he joined the Delaware State Fire Police and the Sussex County Fire Police and is a life member of both organizations. In 1987, he joined the Wicomico County Fire Police Association, of which he is a charter and life member, and was currently serving as treasurer. Russell was a member of many organizations including American Legion Post 64 in Salisbury, the Delaware Campers Club and was a former member of the Retreads Motorcycle Club of Maryland. He volunteered for the March of Dimes, Teddy Bear Run and the Salvation Army. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Evelyn Mumford; two sons, Rusty Mumford and his wife, Becky, of Salisbury and David Mumford and his wife, Patty, of Delmar; a daughter, Rebecca L. Kambarn, and her husband Steve, of Salisbury; five grandchildren, James F. Mumford, Jeremy Mumford and his wife, Kara, Carrie E. Kambarn, Gina Outten and Mandy Dukes and her fiancé, Tony; several great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.