YULEE, FL - Mr. Earl L. Humphrey Jr., age 86, of Yulee, FL former longtime resident of Brandon, MS, passed away on Saturday morning, August 2, 2014 at the Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville, FL.
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Born in Sangerville, ME, he was the only child born to the late Earl Lester and Kathleen Stoddard Humphrey. He grew up in Sangerville where he graduated from Sangerville High School. After high school he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served four years during WW II. After being honorably discharged he enrolled at Duke University where he graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration and Economics in 1950. While at Duke, he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi and the V-5 R.O.T.C. group. Upon graduation he began working with International Harvester.
In 1970, he married a Tennessee native Octavia Runions. As Mr. Humphrey excelled in the Sales Department of International Harvester, he was moved to various locales in the South to include North Carolina, Atlanta, GA, and Jackson, MS.
While working in Jackson, he and his family lived in Brandon. Mr. Humphrey retired from IH as Sales Manager in 1980. After a successful career in the Farming Equipment Industry, he worked in the medical field representing manufacturers of nursing home and hospital furnishings while living in Brandon, he and his wife were very active members of the Park Place Baptist Church. Mr. Humphrey's wife passed away on October 4, 2001.
In 2003, Mr. Humphrey moved to Yulee in North Florida to be near his son.
After retiring, Mr. Humphrey spent many happy hours on the golf course; scoring two holes in one in Maine and Mississippi. After moving to Yulee, Mr. Humphrey became a member of Amelia Baptist Church in Fernandina Beach, FL.
He was a member of the Abner Wade Masonic Lodge in Bangor, ME the Scottish / York
Rite Bodies, the Shrine Temple of Atlanta and had been recognized as a 50 year Mason.
Mr. Humphrey leaves behind his son, Jeffrey Humphrey and his wife Diane of Yulee, FL, and two grandsons, Adam Humphrey, Fernandina Beach, FL and Cody Humphrey, married to Victoria of Kingsland, GA. Funeral services were held at 11:00 on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 in the Chapel of Ott and Lee Funeral Home in Brandon, MS with Reverend Keith Grubbs officiating.
Mr. Humphrey was laid to rest beside his wife in Brandon Memorial Gardens.
His family received friends on Tuesday from 5:00 - 8:00 pm and Wednesday morning from 10:00 am until the hour of service at the Lee and Ott Funeral Home, Brandon, MS.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Park Place Baptist Church in Brandon, MS or to Amelia Baptist Church, Fernandina Beach, FL. Please share his Life Legacy at www.oxleyheard.com OXLEY - HEARD FUNERAL DIRECTORS
Published in BDN Maine on Aug. 9, 2014