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Albert Umstead, Jr.  was born March 27, 1932 in Durham, North Carolina to the late Albert and Eva Bagley Umstead. He departed this life on December 27, 2018 after a lengthy illness at the VA Hospital in Durham, North Carolina.

Albert received his formal education from Durham Public Schools, graduating from Hillside High School Class of 1952.  He was drafted in the United States Army but chose the Marines.  He served three tours of duty and returned home in 1955.  He attended North Carolina Central University on a football scholarship where he was fondly called “Red”.  He was employed at the VA Hospital before leaving Durham.  He relocated to Great Neck, New York where he spent 47 years, returning home after retirement. He was employed at Wedgewood Community Nursing Home as Master Chef for 35 years of service retiring in 1998. 

He is survived by his children: LaQuitta L. Umstead, Durham, NC; Courtney Melton, Charlotte, NC; and Rhonda Ware, Great Neck, New York; two grandson Russell B. Umstead, Charlottesville, VA; Corey A. Umstead, Charleston, SC; two sisters-in-law Shirley H. Umstead, Durham, NC; and Jeanie Umstead, Washington, DC; a very special friend Nona Woodward, and host of nieces and nephews. 

Funeral service will be at Lipscomb Grove on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 1:00 pm, visitation at 12:30 pm.  


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  • Saturday, December 29, 2018
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Holloway Memorial FH
  • Saturday, December 29, 2018
    May you find comfort in God's word: The One who made the ear, can he not hear? The One who formed the eye, can he not see?-- Psalm 94:9. Yes, our Heavenly Father hear your prayers and see your pain. Sorry for your loss. ~
    ~ C J   Houma, LA
  • Wednesday, January 2, 2019
    I was sorry to read about the loss of your dear loved one. The bible gives us hope of seeing them again in the promised resurrection to come according to scriptures such as [John chapter 5:28-29] and [Acts 24:15]. We find further hope in scriptures like [Isaiah 25:8] and [Revelations 21:3-5] which says in part that Jehovah God will wipe out every tear from our eyes and death will be no more, because God will swallow up death forever. I hope these scriptures will be of some comfort. With Deep Sympathy.
    ~ Alma Sumler   RALEIGH, NC
  • Wednesday, January 2, 2019
    My condolences to the family. May Al rest in peace.
    ~ Bettye L. Robinson   Halifax, VA
  • Wednesday, January 2, 2019
    Rest in Peace. You will always be in my Thoughts.
    ~ Bro. John J. Ross   South Boston, VA
  • Thursday, January 3, 2019
    Laquitta, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. Peace and blessings upon you and your family. May God give you strength and courage in your time of bereavement.
    ~ LA Fleming   Huntsville, AL
  • Tuesday, February 5, 2019
    My thoughts are with you and the family and how painful it is to lose your loved one. Please accept my deepest sympathy. May God's love and comfort be with you and the family. “For this is the will of my Father, that everyone that beholds the Son and exercises faith in him should have everlasting life, and I will resurrect him at the last day.” John 6:40 Website for more encouragement.
    ~ Dolon Peete