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Graveside Service will be held on

Saturday, June 6, 2020 


Willow Lake Cemetery, Fort Valley, Georgia

Rev. Artha Grace, Officiating 

Service will be livestream by logging onto Facebook:

Bentley-Montford Mortuary, LLC Offical Page


Ethel Lee Dixon Rumph


 A native of Fort Valley, Georgia and former resident of Atlanta and Augusta, Georgia, Ethel Rumph, 76, died Monday, June 1, 2020, at the Coliseum Hospital in Macon, Georgia after a serious battle with coronavirus.  A 1963 graduate of the H. A. Hunt High School in Fort Valley, she also attended the Fort Valley State College. 


“Knot, as she was affectionately known, was born on September 28, 1943 in Crawford County, Georgia.   She was the second child and daughter of six children born to their parents, Hezzie and Lillian Dixon.  She possessed a very nurturing spirit. At a young age, Ethel  joined in holy matrimony to her high school and only love, Frank M. Rumph, Sr. She was an incredibly  supportive wife and mother. They journeyed through medical school together while parenting and  showering their autistic son, Frank M. Rumph, Jr. (Marvey) with unwavering love and care. This spirit was expanded and amplified with the adoption of their baby son, Shawn Rumph, who preceded her in death.


She was a baptized believer who studied her Bible for wisdom and knowledge. She had a strong love for God and believed the Word of God to be true.  She often said, “the Lord will take care of me”.  In this same spirit throughout her life as she faced her trials and tribulations along the way.  Ethel was always a champion for her family and friends, especially those who seemed to be going through any adverse situation, with society and its many ills and challenges.  An honor her siblings will long remember about her is, she could laugh at herself. Ethel would be the first to admit her fault. She would laugh heartily  about the struggles she faced in her life, but would never cease to ask for forgiveness and would eagerly and sincerely say “I’m so sorry” and quickly move on. She was also very attentive to detail. She expressed it in so many ways.   Her always “chic and appropriate” appearance and shopping amplified her attention to detail. Ethel was known for checking seams, buttonholes and hems in new purchased garments while in the store.  Often, many enjoyable family “gatherings” turn into a shopping trip, which were always the best yet!


Ethel leaves to cherish her memories her son, Marvey, four sisters; Dollie D. Horton, Betty D. Grace (Artha), Sandra D. Daniel (all of Fort Valley) and Debbie D. Tummings (Trevor) of Kathleen, GA; three brothers;  Daniel D. Dixon of Fort Valley, J.B. Davis of Roberta, GA and J. T. Dixon, Gettysburg, PA; a host of relatives including uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, cousins, classmates and lifelong friends who love her dearly.


The family is asking, in lieu of flowers; to please make a donation in her name to Organization for Autism Research at, to honor her surviving Autistic son, Frank Marvin Rumph, Jr.    





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  • Bettye Mathis Clark (Friday, June 05 20 09:16 pm EDT)

    Rest In Peace, Knot
    Love always

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