|Birth: ||Oct. 20, 1905|
|Death: ||Dec. 7, 1960|
JOHN HUMPHREY JR. WAS THE 10TH CHILD OF JOHN HUMPHREY SR. AND NANCY EMMALINE MATLOCK HUMPHREY.The Humphrey family was a part of the push of people from East to West and they became part of the railroad building complex in Abilene Texas in 1880-1890. My great grandfather and great grand mother, and other family members came to Abilene,Texas when it was established in 1890 from Missouri via covered wagon. My father was born in 1905 in Abilene. Although his headstone says 1906 and for years 1906 was believed to be correct. I(Ron, his son) have recently discovered documents that prove my father was born in 1905. When my father was 12 years old a tragedy struck the Humphrey family. He and his younger brother Edwin Lee and two neighbor boys were in the front yard of the neighbors home playing with a new 410 shot gun.that had been given to Edwin. One of the young boys that was a neighbor handed the "unloaded" gun to Edwin and my father grabbed for it and the gun went off and shot Edwin and he died on the spot. From that time on my father suffered a great deal of depression and everyone said he was never the same again as he and Edwin were not only very close in age but were very close personally. So when Edwin died my father must have changed a great deal. He went to school in Abilene completing through the 10th grade. He then began working for small downtown businesses around 1920 he and my aunt Ruby both having jobs at the time bought a ford automobile they both used the car and made payments together.
the depression, began in ernest in 1929 and my father found it increasingly difficult to get work.There was a new business opening in Abilene called The Longhorn Creamery. Mr. Grover Cleland Brock, OWNER AND MANAGER, interviewed my father and told him straight off that he was holding good jobs for married men. My dad told him about his and my mothers plans of getting married as soon as he got a good job. Mr. Brock, hired dad and told him if he didn't get married quickly he would be fired. Could you imagine an interview like that today in the year 2015? They were married in the brides home on Beech Street in Abilene by James Albert Kinser the brides father. They went on a short train ride to San Angelo Texas for a short honeymoon of 3 to 4 days. They stayed at the new Guenter Hotel in downtown San Angelo. Compare that with the honeymoons today lasting for weeks. my father did every job there was to do at a creamery. he worked 7 days a week, from 4 am to 4 pm all for $28.00 a week.
Grover Brock had an offer to move to Abilene, Texas as a manager of the Banner Creamery, so the final move was made. Glen entered McMurry College in 1925 and the family built their home at 1202 Vine Street.
In about 1932, with financial backing from his friends, Grover left Banner Creamery and opened the Longhorn Creamery, which he operated as President and General Manger until his retirement in 1946. The Longhorn Creamery was later sold to Borden.
My mother and father were married on October, 25, 1930 in Abilene, Texas By the brides father, Rev. James Albert Kinser, a Baptist minister.
he IS survived by his wife, one son and one daughter.
After WW2 lONGHORN Creamery was bought by Borden Co. my father was promoted to credit manager, a position he held until his death.
HEART ATTACK FATAL TO BORDEN'S OFFICAL
J. W. Humphrey, 54, of 1349 Hickory St. died about 7:45 am Wednesday after suffering a heart attack at his home.
Mr. Humphrey, who had suffered an attack about 3 months prior, was putting his coat on to leave for work, when he collapsed. He was dead when a doctor arrived at the home.
Born Oct 20, 1905 in Abilene. Mr. HUMPHREY HAD BEEN EMPLOYED FOR THE PAST 20 YEARS AS CREDIT MANAGER AT BORDEN CO. HERE. HE ATTENDED ABILENE SCHOOLS AND MARRIED MARIE KINSER HERE IN 1930.HE WAS A MEMBER OF THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH AND OPTIMIST CLUB.
FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE ANNOUNCED BY ELLIOT'S FUNERAL HOME.
SURVIVORS INCLUDE HIS WIFE;ONE DAUGHTER, NANCY LOU, OF THE HOME; ONE SON, RONALD MACK, OF HOUSTON; AND THREE SISTERS, MRS. ALTIE WYATT OF STAMFORD,MRS TRUMAN FANNIE ANTHONY OF BRECKENRIDGE, MRS O. H. GOOCH OF 941 VINE ST.
FROM THE ABILENE REPORTER NEWS.
HEREAS, on the seventh" day of December, Nineteen Hundred
and Sixty, A. D., the Master of the Universe called from the walks
of life our friend and fellow Optimist, J. W. Humphrey.
WHEREAS, Optimist Humphrey was one of our most faithful
members and contributed immeasurably to the principals of Optimism.
He dedicated a large share of his life to activities of a religious and civic nature, including assistance in the projects and
enterprises relative to boys' work. He was never too busy to lend
a helping hand to others who were in need of his advice, counsel
and material resources; and
WHEREAS, the passing of Optimist HUMPHREY is a great loss", to our Club and to our community and we desire to express our
appreciation for his life and sympathy to his family in his passing.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Abilene Optimist Club
, in regular session,on this" the twentieth day of December,
Nineteen Hundred and Sixty, A. D., that the members go on record
as expressing:: their most heartfelt gratitude for the life of
J. W.'Humphrey and their deepest sympathy to his family in his
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be spread upon the minutes of our club and a copy be sent to his family.
THE PRESIDENT AND SECRETARY
ONE OF OUR FATHER'S LARGEST JOBS IN THE CLUB WAS THE ORGANIZATION AND SELLING OF THE ANNUAL CLUB CHRISTMAS TREE EVENT EVERY YEAR FOR MANY YEARS. THEY ALWAYS SOLD OUT AND HE LOVED IT WHEN THEY WERE SUCCESSFUL BECAUSE HE KNEW THE PROCEEDS WENT TO A WELL DESERVED CAUSE.
grave site is in Garden of Peace,section,lot 8,blockT,space1.
John Stephen Waite Humphrey (1864 - 1948)
Nancy Emmaline Matlock Humphrey (1865 - 1945)
Vivian Marie Kinser Humphrey (1908 - 2005)
Jesse Monroe Humphrey (1886 - 1943)*
Lula Amy Humphrey Wright (1886 - 1954)*
Alta Azlie Humphrey Wyatt (1888 - 1966)*
Hattie Belle Humphrey Johnston (1890 - 1935)*
William Thomas Humphrey (1891 - 1951)*
Cecil Roscoe Humphrey (1895 - 1950)*
Fannie May Humphrey Anthony (1896 - 1987)*
Mary Leeora Humphrey Gooch (1899 - 1976)*
Ruby Roberta Humphrey (1902 - 1954)*
John Waite Humphrey (1905 - 1960)
Edwin Lee Humphrey (1907 - 1920)*
Elmwood Memorial Park
Created by: ron
Record added: Sep 18, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 15796166
53 YEARS TODAY AND I MISS YOU DAD. REST IN PEACE.|
Added: Dec. 7, 2013
FOREVER AND ALWAYS. TODAY MARKS 52 YEARS SINCE YOUR HOMECOMING WITH JESUS|
Added: Dec. 7, 2012
TODAY DAD ONE HALF CENTURY AGO YOU WILL HAVE BEEN LOOSED FROM THE CHAINS OF THIS WORLD'S BONDS AND SET FREE. IN THIS TIME YOURS AND MOTHER'S EARTHLY FAMILY HAS GROWN TO INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING BESIDE YOUR TWO CHILDREN:SIX GRAND CHILDREN, TEN GREAT GRAND CHI...(Read more)|
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