Veteran television reporter, Allen Tumey, passes away

Allen Tumey (Source: WAFB-TV)
Allen Tumey (Source: WAFB-TV)

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Veteran television news reporter Allen Tumey, who worked at KPLC from 1982 to 1993, has died.

Tumey traveled the state with "Tumey's Travels," reporting from Hornbeck to Holly Beach, from the Sabine River to the Atchafalaya Basin.

Tumey enjoyed telling the stories of interesting places and faces in Louisiana.

When KPLC celebrated its 50th anniversary, Tumey wrote of his work, "Out of the 10,000 happy memories it's really impossible to pull up a favorite - from the fine art and close friendship of Elton and Pat Louviere to the out-and-out foolishness of being a Grand Duke of the 12th Night Revelry at the Civic Center."

Vicki Zimmerman, Raycom Regional News Director, said Tumey had a passion and knack for storytelling.

"He had a knack for not getting in the way of a story but letting the pictures and the people tell the story," Zimmerman said.

Tumey also worked for WAFB-TV, KPLC's Baton Rouge sister station. He retired from there in 2011.

Tumey was 70 years old.

A memorial service for Tumey will be held 7 p.m. Thursday at Hixson Funeral Home in Lake Charles.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

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