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SHREVEPORT, LA - Born January 26, 1936 in Shreveport, LA and raised in Cotton Valley, LA. He was a star running back at Cotton Valley High School. He married his high school sweetheart, Carol Smart. They moved back to Shreveport and started a family; he worked odd jobs until he found his true passion of selling automobiles. Earl established Humphrey Motors in 1968 which is one of the oldest active used car dealership in Bossier City and Shreveport area.
His true gifts were his love for people and ability to weave a story. Many of his favorite customers would come by just to hear a wild tale or two. Special thanks to John and Max always took time to listen and thanks to Carl for these heated political debates which had Earl laughing for hours afterwards.
He enjoyed his time as president of the Louisiana Used Car Commission and president of one of his favorite motor home clubs, the Louisiana Drifters. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends playing billiards and dominos. He loved travelling and enjoyed fishing with Carol as long as he caught the biggest fish.
It was Earl's great belief in our Lord and Savior that guided him on this earth. He was inspired by saying "I will always give God the praise and glory" to continue his journey in life.
On May 12, 2013, God called him home. He will be greeted by his parents Earnest and Lula Humphrey, grandson Christopher Aaron Riley, nephews Raymond Hill, Mike Humphrey and Larry Lockwood, sisters Pauline Brown and Aline Hogg. He leaves behind his wife of almost 58 years, Carol Humphrey along with his children Ava Humphrey, Lissa Riley, Chuck Humphrey and son-in-law Lloyd Riley. He has five grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He will also be missed by his brothers Huey and Herman Humphrey, sisters Helen Lockwood, Murl Schlicher and sister-in-law Joyce Varnell along with many nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers are Brian Riley, Patrick Riley, Billy Joe Davis, Eric Humphrey, Vic Pavloff and Nicholas Campbell. Honorary pallbearers are Jerry Slack, Jim Montgomery, Kenny Canatella, Buddy Kennady, Carl Warren, Randy Lane, Foster Campbell, Pat Modisette, Frank Hale, Burt Conner and the men of the Louisiana Drifters RV Club.
Officiating will be his dear friend Reverend James Council and Reverend Billy Pierce. Visitation will be between 5pm and 7pm on May 15th and services will be at 3pm on May 16th.
Mr. Humphrey specially requested that in lieu of flowers to please honor God with your donations at either your home church or favorite charity.
You may offer condolences and sign the on-line guest book by visiting www.hillcrestmemorialfh.com.
Published in Shreveport Times on May 15, 2013