Travis Humphrey Sr.

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Travis Wayne Humphrey Sr. of Montell, Texas, took the waiting hand of our Lord on April 29, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Louise Humphrey for 37 years, and loving father to Michele, Wayne, Andrew, and Richard, who cared for him and watched over him until the end. Mr. Humphrey was born on Sept. 4, 1927, on a farm in Whitewright, Texas, to Andrew and Bertha Humphrey. The whole family worked hard, and when he was old enough, Wayne made the decision to serve his country by joining the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1945. After being honorably discharged from active duty in 1948, he joined the Army National Guard, and served until 1952. He earned his first bachelor’s degree from North Texas State College in 1952. He continued his education, earning a Master of Education at Arizona State University in 1961, then a Master of Arts in teaching mathematics at Purdue University in 1966. From there, he began working on his Ph.D at CSU Long Beach. Mr. Humphrey’s passion for teaching high school and college level math spanned over 40 years, including 10 years at Nueces Canyon High School in Barksdale, Texas, as well as some time at Eagle Pass Junior High, Sul Ross State University, and Southwest Texas Junior College in Uvalde, Texas. In the late 1970s, he took a short break from teaching and used his skills as a carpenter to design and build cabins in Big Bear, Calif. The family relocated to Texas, where he returned to teaching, but not before designing and building the family home located in the hill country of Montell, Texas. Mr. Humphrey is also survived by his former wife, Mary M. Bell and their children Margaret, Travis, Carol, and Debbie, and his grandchildren, Michael, Ashley, Diana, Travis IV, Matthew, Elizabeth, Patrick, Paul, Anna, Benjamin, Crystal, Jacob, and Alysia. He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Bertha, his brothers, George, Doug, Francis, and Don, his sister, Hazel, as well as grandson, Gabriel. He was a brilliant man, a mentor, and an inspiration to many. He will be missed. Recitation of the Holy Rosary was held at 7 p.m. Friday, May 2, 2014, at Nelson Funeral Chapel in Camp Wood, Texas. A memorial service was held Saturday, May 3, 2014, at 10 a.m. at St Mary Magdalen Catholic Church in Camp Wood, with Father Ken Dakin officiating. The family invites you to leave a condolence at www.nelsonfuneralhomes.net. Arrangements are under the personal care of Nelson Funeral Home of Camp Wood, Texas. THE PRECEDING IS A PAID OBITUARY.
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