This is a tribute to Rev. Tommie L. Joiner (Aka Bo Lumpkin). You can find Bo’s formal obituary located here in the Clarion Ledger online news source.
Most of us never knew or referred to Bo by his actual name. To us, he has always been his chosen persona of Bo Lumpkin. Perhaps someone will post in the comments section some historical perspective for why Bo chose to have this dual identity. I prefer to believe it was a similar reason to why Samuel Clemens was known as Mark Twain. And frankly, that seems appropriate because Mark Twain was one of Bo’s favorite writers, so much like Clemens, the Bo Lumpkin we all knew and loved was a down home humorist, writer and cartoonist, and he also was a creation. Rev. Tommie Joiner was a performance artist. That’s a fancy way of saying that he liked to act in character. Samuel Clemens appeared in character and performed as Mark Twain as well as published under that name. Rev. Tommie Joiner emulated Clemens with his Bo Lumpkin creation. And he did it so well that the majority of his online friends only “knew” him as that creation.
I’m sure that everyone who knew Bo Lumpkin has there own favorite Bo saying or memory. I would encourage you to write about that in the comments section of this post so it can be shared with us all. Beyond remembering a good friend, I want to create a place where old friends can recall Bo’s wit and wisdom and provide a launching point for many new people to discover this wonderful man.
One of the first places where I came into contact with Bo was at his BlogSpot site Bo Lumpkin: Daily Redneck Humor And Good Clean Fun . Bo abandoned this site at the beginning of 2013, but it is a treasure trove of classic Bo material and I encourage you to bookmark it and enjoy exploring its contents. To really get to know and appreciate Bo’s back home style, you’ll want to view his infomercial videos. I personally am so glad that Bo made these now more than ever, because they capture for all posterity the Mississippi man who never seemed to let adversity slow him down and who was always looking for a new way to entertain and inspire others.
Bo Lumpkin Infomercials :
In 2012, Bo started two new sites : GATORHEAD Comics and I’ve Been Thinkin’ . Gatorhead is devoted primarily to Bo’s cartoons while I’ve Been Thinkin’ is mostly devoted to humorous writing and one of Bo’s more recent passions, Jewelry making. For those wishing to start at the beginning of Gatorhead Comics, here’s a link to the earliest posts.
Bo had so many humorous ideas that he wanted to express and it seemed like he was creating an endless number of characters and titles. Here is an approximate recap of Bo’s different comic titles and characters, although he was so prolific in doing these cartoons that it is impossible to say how much I’ve left out. Feel free to add information in the comments section.
Gatorhead, Gatorhead Hospital, Creatures Of Habit, The Ladies, Couch Potato Report, Just Thinkin’, Gatorhead Bottoms, GeezerHood, KRUD-TV.
Hank The Handyman, Sarge a hounddog, Warren The Weather Wolf, Burt And Kurt, Mildred, Buster, Aunt Edna, Winston, Chester and Phil the Buzzards.
If you are already a fan of Bo Lumpkin, then I hope this post will spark many good memories of our friend. If you’ve just been introduced to Bo Lumpkin, then I hope this post will point you toward a world of new and fond memories. Those of us in the comic and webcomic community that knew Bo, whether physically or virtually, are all far better off from that relationship and we all will miss this wonderful friend, inspiration and creator of humor.
LINKS TO OTHER BO LUMPKIN TRIBUTE POSTS
Life On 66 Webcomic By Michael Phelps
R.I.P. Bo Lumpkin by Bearman Cartoons
My Life In The Trenches by T. Andrew Dempsey
M3 Blog by Red Dwyer
Bo Lumpkin by Stephen Beals
Been Thinkin’ And Rememberin’ by J.P. Keslensky (BugPudding)
Bo Lumpkin by Travis Surber
Bo Lumpkin Our Friend by Leroy Brown (IceCubes)