Stephen McCumber

Stephen McCumber

BRADENTON, Fla. – Stephen James McCumber peacefully went to be with the Lord, Monday, Dec. 6, 2010, at Tampa General Hospital, Tampa, Fla. He was born March 23, 1972, in Springfield, to Dr. James R. McCumber and Brinda Ruby McCumber currently of Bradenton, Fla. Stephen's brother, Scott O. McCumber resides in Venice, Fla., with his wife, Rachel, and their children, Austin and Hannah McCumber, Jane and Sofie McCumber and Daniel and Robert Steepleton.

Stephen had an inoperable cancerous brain tumor in his brain stem when he was 3 and was given a year to live. He miraculously survived, but again had cancer in his spine when he was 10. During his sophomore year in high school, he developed a seizure disorder as a result of scar tissue from his radiation therapy given for his previous cancers. By age 21 he was legally disabled due to the seizure disorder He was diagnosed in November 2010 with another brain tumor near the brain stem, which was not operable. He had a biopsy of the tumor to determine if it was treatable, and due to complications, three days later passed away at 3:49 p.m. in the neuro-intensive care unit. His parents and his brother were there with him as he left this world 35 years later than expected, to be received into heaven. They considered him a gift from God and a joy to know.

Stephen chose to have the surgery knowing there were risks and that the tumor could not be removed, but he felt he had to try. He hoped information might be found that could help someone else. He developed swallowing and breathing problems before he had surgery, and his body could not take the stress of coping with all of the issues of his weakened body. He went into a deep sleep and passed over gently. He is now healthy and happy meeting Jesus, and united with his grandmother and grandfather, Esther and Orin Ruby, as well as his beloved Aunt Barb Kerns and others.

Stephen was raised in Tuscola and graduated from Tuscola High School in 1991. He lived with his parents in Tuscola and Springfield, and also Sarasota and Bradenton, Fla., until the time of his death. Before his parents moved to Florida, he lived in Sarasota, Fla., for one year with Judy and Bob Beasley, his aunt and uncle who were formerly from Tuscola. He had a wonderful sense of humor and a gentle personality along with a good attitude about his lot in life. He loved his dogs which were Boxers, being on the computer, enjoyed a broad range of music, watching movies and TV, playing cards and using the internet to do his shopping! His friends were his family.

Besides his parents and brother, surviving him are his grandmother, Virginia McCumber at age 97, his Aunt Mary Knight, Tuscola; Uncle James Ruby, Phoenix Ariz., Aunt Bev Ferguson (Ted), Bradenton, Fla.; Aunt Judy Beasley (Bob), Brandenton, Fla.; Great Aunt Marjorie Thomas, Springfield; Great Aunt Louise Hawthorne (George), Sidney; Great Aunt Louise York, Arthur; numerous cousins, and many family and friends in the Tuscola and Springfield area.

He was saved when he was 14 and was ready to meet the Lord. Though he suffered greatly during his life, Stephen is now fully healed, free and able to think clearly, run, dance, play the piano, and much more... all the things he could never do in the earthly limitations of his body and mind. He will be greatly missed and not forgotten until we see him again!

Stephen is being cremated and will be buried some time in June 2011 in Tuscola Cemetery in Tuscola. A memorial is planned for that time. Contributions could be made to BETHS Place or First Christian Church in Tuscola.