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Lumpkin, a native Angeleno, died of COVID-19 on Dec. 26 at a hospital, just days shy of his 101st birthday, said his son Ted Lumpkin III.
“We’re carrying on his [legacy], but it’s an end of an era,” his son said.
Lumpkin lived a full life. He was drafted into the military in 1942 when he was a 21-year-old student at UCLA. He was assigned to the 100th Fighter Squadron of the all-Black unit in Tuskegee, Ala., as a 2nd lieutenant with the U.S. Army Air Force.
https://www.latimes.com/obituaries/stor ... -nWFOOjbIo
“Your heart was warm and happy
With the lilt of Irish laughter
Every day and in every way
Now forever and ever after."