KENT HUMPHREYS

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June 29, 1946 - January 30, 2013 OKLAHOMA CITY Kent Jack Humphreys, 66, of Oklahoma City, OK, went to Glory on January 30, 2013. He was born to Jack Carlton and Bonnie Humphreys on June 29, 1946. He grew up in Oklahoma City, and graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1968. He had met his future wife, Davidene, while in high school and married her during their junior year at OU. They just celebrated 46 years of marriage. From 1968 to 1972, he served in the United States Army as an Officer in the Medical Service Corps and retired from that service as a Captain. He was stationed in Vietnam, where he earned the Army Commendation Medal and the Bronze Star Medal. After he completed his years of military service, he and Davidene settled in Oklahoma City, where they have lived ever since. Kent then went into the distribution business with his brothers, Kirk and Craig, where he worked as co-owner, President, and CEO of Jack's Merchandising and Distribution from 1972 to 1997. Since selling the family business in 1997, Kent has been involved in real estate and in the founding of a new company, American Health Diagnostics. He has also served on the boards of the Navigators, Lost Valley Ranch, Integris Hospital, and other schools and charitable organizations. Throughout Kent's business career, he had a passion for loving God and for loving people. He did not want his faith to be a "Sunday" experience. He wanted it to affect his life and his environment during the week as well. His motive was not to bring religion but to live God's love to people in meaningful ways. He became known for the creative ways in which he encouraged and helped people, and other business owners began to ask him for suggestions for their businesses. He began to be invited to speak to businessmen and to churches that wanted to impact their communities with God's love. His first book, "Show and Then Tell," was written in response to these businessmen. He went on to write thirteen books. He is probably best known for his book, "Shepherding Horses," which has been translated into numerous languages. It was written to pastors who have strong business and community leaders in their congregations. In addition to books, Kent was a prolific writer of letters. He wrote thousands of letters over 35 years, and many of them have been collected into a series of books titled, "From My Heart to Yours." Although he wrote to many groups of people, his favorite letters were the ones he wrote monthly to widows. He loved "his widows." He often said, "God has great and special love for widows, orphans, and the poor," and he tried to include all three groups in his writing and giving. From 2002 - 2007, Kent was President of Fellowship of Companies for Christ, International. In that capacity, he led business owners and executives across the U.S. and in twenty nations. After retiring from that position, he served as their Ambassador. In addition to business, Kent spent time speaking to business leaders and pastors, writing, and mentoring young marketplace leaders. Having lunch with Kent was an opportunity enjoyed by many young men who needed wise advice. Better known as "The Wads" or "Captain" by his family, Kent loved and was greatly loved by them. He was the life of the party and enjoyed spending time with them at the lake, at a vacation ranch, on any beach or mountain, or on his back porch in Oklahoma City. Every January, Kent scheduled dates during the coming year for time alone with Davidene and for time spent away from daily life with his children and grandchildren. He was determined that his busy life would not detract from time with his most loved ones. They will cherish the memories of those times. Besides loving the outdoors, Kent also was a fanatical spectator sportster. Almost any sport would do, but his beloved OU teams and the OKC Thunder were passions for him. Kent's life verse was Philemon 1:7, "Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, my brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord's people." Kent's goal was to be that refresher of people's hearts, that encourager and giver of joy. Everyone who knows Kent knows that he succeeded. If his goal was to encourage, his motivation for doing so was his Lord and His love. Kent's favorite verse was Philippians 3:10. It says, "I want to know Christ - yes, to know the power of His resurrection and participation in His sufferings, becoming like Him ?" Kent experienced both power and suffering in his life and was equally humble about both. Due to his disease, he faced death several times and did so with grace and expectation of continuing life with Jesus, not with fear of losing life here. Not only was Kent goal-oriented and highly motivated, but he had a method for living life. It is found in Colossians 1:28 in the Phillips translation of the Bible: "For naturally we proclaim Christ! We warn every man we meet, and we teach everyone we can, all that we know about Him, so that if possible we may bring every man up to his full maturity in Christ Jesus. This is what I'm working and struggling at, with all the strength that God puts into me." Kent was totally focused and passionate about this, and everyone who knew him for at least five minutes knew it. His family knows that he was welcomed into Heaven by His Lord, who greeted him with the words, "Well done, good and faithful servant." (Matthew 25:23) Kent is survived by his wife, Davidene; and their three children and their spouses, Lance and Stacy Humphreys, Kenda and Jay Hall, and Kami and Mark Weems. He also leaves his legacy through his grandchildren: Jake and Emily Humphreys; Caleb, Hannah, Nathan, and Rebekah Hall; and Carly and Mack Weems. Kent is also survived by his mother, Bonnie Humphreys; and his three remaining siblings and their spouses, Kirk and Danna Humphreys, Joy and Randy Fischer, and Craig and Bev Humphreys. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 5, 2013, at Crossings Community Church, 14600 N. Portland Ave., Oklahoma City, OK.

Published in The Oklahoman on Feb. 3, 2013
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