Johnson City Commission honors late businessman and philanthropist Louie Gump | WJHL
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) — A Johnson City businessman and philanthropist is remembered for his contributions to the area.
On Thursday evening, the Johnson City Board of Commissioners paid tribute to the late Louie Gump, who died July 20 at the age of 83.
The stewards surprised Gump’s family with a proclamation of appreciation.
Louie Gump grew up in one of Johnson City’s most influential families. After college at UNC Chapel Hill and military service in the United States Navy, Gump returned to Johnson City to join the family financial business.
But he had his own ideas in creating new businesses, including Impact Management.
While Gump found success in business, his enduring passion was public service and inspiring new leaders. He was part of the creation of the East Tennessee Hospice and the Hands On! Children’s Museum.
In 1997, Gump and his late wife Lucy established the Roan Scholars Leadership Program at East Tennessee State University. Thanks to its financial endowment and practical involvement, more than 90 students have received full scholarships under the program thanks to their character, physical vigor, intellectual curiosity and leadership.
On Thursday night, Johnson town commissioners honored Gump with an official commendation. His four children accepted the honor.
“Mr. Gump was a world traveler who always returned home to Johnson City, making lasting contributions to this community and serving as one of its greatest supporters,” the city commissioners said in the proclamation. honor of Gump.