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Alvin Leroy Humphrey

Obituary for Alvin Leroy Humphrey

Veteran, retired oil, gas landman

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019 at Huntsville Church of Christ, 3737 SH 30 West, Huntsville, for Alvin Leroy Humphrey, 90. Mr. Humphrey died Dec. 27, 2018. Visitation will be at the church from 10 a.m. until services. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery Field of Honor, Tyler, TX Thursday Jan.3.

Mr.Humphrey leaves the love of his life, wife of 66 years, Betty Humphrey and sons Randall Lee Humphrey and Russell Wayne Humphrey and wife Tish. Leroy leaves his sister Velma Alice Cole, and grandson Justin Wayne Humphrey and wife Kristin and granddaughters Samantha, Brooke and Constance Humphrey.

He was preceded in death by his parents Daisy Bell and Victor Wayne Humphrey and sisters Naomi Aylor, Madeline Cooke and brother James Alton Humphrey.

He was born in Baytown (Cody), TX September 3, 1928. Leroy and Betty met and decided to be married after their first date. Leroy served in the Army during the Korean conflict and after two years of service returned to work in the oil and gas industry for forty plus years. Many years ago, Leroy was a keynote speaker at a Petroleum event and later became the first certified petroleum landman in the United States by the organization now known as AAPL.

Long known for his positive outlook on life and sense of humor, Leroy always made his family laugh and smile. His most used expression was “If you can’t say something good about someone, then don’t say anything at all”. He truly practiced what he preached and encouraged his family to do the same.

About Rich Heiland

Rich Heiland, former publisher of the Huntsville Item and owner of Free Press publications, LLC, a reporting/writing firm working with media, has been a reporter, editor and publisher at several daily papers. He was part of a Pulitzer Prize winning team. He taught journalism at Western Illinois University. He can be reached at freepresstx@gmail.com or 936-293-0293.

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