Tamarsha Nicole “Nikki” Bumphus of Nashville, Tennessee, the only child born to Vanessa R. Thomas and Peter D. Bumphus, November 16, 1977 in Waynesboro, Tennessee. She began her education in Kenosha, Wisconsin, later completing her studies at McGavock High School, Nashville, Tennessee and a Certified Nursing Assistant Program. Nikki, a very active, confident, sassy and fun-loving Diva, was no stranger to helping others, was generous and loving to all those she loved and would give you the shirt off her back if needed. Although she had a gentle and giving heart, she was also known for the assertiveness in her voice when she spoke and the strong protective nature that she expressed for those she loved. As a dedicated and selfless mother/ grandmother, she made several sacrifices to meet the needs of her family. Nikki loved to travel and was always very adventurous. A very strong and devoted mother to her three children and a mother figure to many, she was known as “Big Nik” to the youth. Nikki, a busybody like her mother, chose to live every moment like it was her last. Also known for being a big daddy’s girl, she will be remembered as a devoted daughter, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, niece, cousin and friend and will be sorely missed but fondly remembered. Truly one of a kind who meant so very much too many people, she leaves behind a legacy of love, kindness, selflessness and laughter that will live on through her family, who cherished every moment they were blessed to spend with her.
Nikki leaves to cherish her loving memories, three devoted children, Andree, Devontre and Armani Bumphus; loving parents, Vanessa Thomas and Peter Bumphus; sisters, Asia Thomas and Clarissa Churchwell; brothers, Nathanel Carson, O’rian Thomas, Llyod Thomas, Jr., Peter Churchwell and Darrell Churchwell; grandchildren, Aundrea Bumphus, Kayden Johnson, Andrees Bumphus, Dalen Risby and Adree’sTyree Bumphus; 18 nieces and nephews; special cousin, Latoya Martin, who referred to her as Mother, as well as a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, family and friends. Nikki was preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Jessie Witherspoon, Imogene Fladger, Mr. William and Virginia Bumphus and uncles, Jessie E. Weatherspoon, Phillip Witherspoon, William Bumphus, Jr., Victor Bumphus and Duren Bumphus.
Services were June 1, 2021, 1:00 PM at Mt. Tabor Baptist Church in Clifton, TN. Burial was in the Lizard Glades Cemetery with Shackelford Funeral Directors, Wayne County, assisting the family.