Rob was born on February 20, 1944 in Turrell, Arkansas to Jack and Brooksie Tumbs. As a young adult he moved to Chicago, Illinois where he met and later married his loving wife Barbara Diane Brooks on October 23, 1982. They relocated to Elgin, Illinois in 1983.
Rob was employed as a groundsman for the City of Elgin in the Parks and Recreation Department since 1996. He enjoyed staying active by working and only retired a few months prior to his passing. Rob was a great listener and a wise mentor. Rob loved to grill and was an avid fan of horseracing.
Rob was a caring man known for his humble disposition and family orientation.
Rob’s parents, Jack Tumbs and Brooksie Hale; sister; Ella Hale; brothers; Sammie Tumbs, Olen Hale, Elton Hale, and Lonnie Hale all preceded him in death.
His life is adoringly honored by his wife, Diane Tumbs; seven children; Carol Tumbs of Chicago, IL Nannette Brooks of Elgin, IL, John Jefferson of St. Paul, MN, Robert Lamont Jackson of St. Louis, MO, Shelon Jefferson of Elgin, IL, Charles (April) Wells of Hampshire, IL and Robert Lee Tumbs, Jr. of Elgin, IL six brothers; Eugene Hale, Roy Lee Hale, Marshall Hale, John (Brenda) Hale, Willie C. Hale all of New Orleans, LA and Booker T. (Rose) Hale of Houston, TX; five sisters, Annie (John) Gatlin, Odessia (Alfreddie) Joplin, Roberta (Clarence) Jefferson all of Jonesboro, AR and Helen (Robert) McAdory of Memphis, TN, Martha Hale of Lepanto, AR; one sister-in-law, Sharon Brooks of Arlington, TX; seventeen grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.
O’Connor-Leetz Funeral Home has been entrusted with all funeral service arrangements. There will be an informal visitation at the funeral home located at 364 Division Street, in Elgin on Friday, September 8 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Bethesda Church of God in Christ located at 454 Hickory Place in Elgin, IL at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor Booker T. Hale officiating. Burial will follow at Bluff City Cemetery.