Gene Humphrey

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Gene Humphrey peacefully went to be with his Savior, November 21, 2013, at his home in Conroe, Texas, at the age of 77 after a short struggle with Multiple Myeloma and Plasma Cell Leukemia.

Services to celebrate his life will be held at Cashner's Funeral Home in Conroe, Texas, with Visitation Tuesday, November 26, from 5-8 p.m., and services Wednesday, November 27, at 10 a.m. He will be laid to rest at Brooke Cemetery in Huntsville, Texas.

He was born at home on October 30, 1936, in Huntsville, Texas, to Bill and Nettie Humphreys, and was raised in a Christian home. He was the youngest (by 10 years) of 6 children. Gene grew up in Huntsville and attended Huntsville schools. He married his school sweetheart, Bernice, at age 18, and they moved to Houston shortly after. Gene and Bernice loved spending time with their families and friends, and there were many, many gatherings at each other's homes listening to music and dancing to the latest records, playing cards and dominoes, and mainly just being together. Some years later, they finally welcomed a daughter, Donna, into their home through private adoption, and their family would be complete. Gene was active in those years with his church (ultimately as a Deacon and in various other roles of service) at First Baptist Church of Jacinto City and also the North Shore Masonic Lodge 1353. His work included several years with Frito-Lay (in Houston), and after completing trade school at Lee College and the necessary exams and licensing, his ran his own A/C & Heating business for a few years (in Trinity, Texas). Gene spent the majority of his career in A/C & Heating with Natkin Service Company in and around the Houston and Baytown areas, before being asked to head the San Antonio office. While in San Antonio, he lost his wife, Bernice, to cancer after nearly 38 years of marriage. God had a plan for Gene, as always, and blessed him with another life and helpmate in Jeanie. After about 18 years with Natkin, Gene retired, and he and Jeanie moved back to Conroe to be close to family and friends. It wasn't long before the travel bug took over, and with Jeanie in tow, he decided to live his dream of RVing full-time...and that they did. They traveled all over the United States and ultimately became very active in a Houston area charter of the Good Sam's Club, the Slow Pokes. Spending a lot of time with the Slow Pokes traveling, these remain some of their closest friends today. In addition to RVing after retirement, Gene also enjoyed golfing for a number of years. RVing full-time, he called the Conroe/Willis area "home" and was a faithful worshiper at Mims Baptist Church and later West Conroe Baptist Church. Through his own and Bernice's siblings, Gene was blessed with quite a large extended family, with over 20 brothers and sisters, and close to 50 nieces and nephews (plus their children, and so on). Having an only child for 26 years, when Gene and Jeanie married, he gained a son, 2 daughters, 10 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren, and loved them as if they were his own. They will all remember his life as one of large faith, love for his Savior and family, character, integrity, compassion, and a big heart; he was a man of few words and quiet countenance. They'll also remember his dry and often corny sense of humor, cold Coke bottles under the sheet if you slept late, and in Gene's own words "contrariness" at times. He could be quite a character! His grandchildren (and nieces, nephews, and daughter, too!) will also remember him being a tickle-monster...which they loved and feared, all in the same breath! Most importantly, Gene will be remembered as being a man of God, who loved his Lord, and lived to serve God the very best way he knew how to his very last breath. After finding out the extent of his cancers and with much prayer, Gene decided to live out his days on his own terms and without treatment. He did just that and lived those days with grace and peace. He closed his eyes here on earth surrounded by the love of his family and opened them to the streets of gold in Heaven. He said to a pastor just days before, "A few more days, and I won't want for anything." He knew in his heart his destiny.

Gene was preceded in death by his wife, Bernice Shelly Humphrey; parents: William and Bessie "King" Humphreys; brothers; Elmer, Malcolmb, Vernor, and Murel; and sister: Lucille Carroll. He is survived by his wife: Jeanie Burkham-Humphrey of Conroe, TX; daughter: Donna Humphrey Masterson of Graham, TX; stepson: Jeff Burkham (& Amy) of Pasadena, TX; stepdaughters: Susan Miller (& Henry) of Crosby, TX, and Sharon Robison (& Vince) of Conroe, TX. His grandchildren from all of his kids: Christina, Benjamin, Daniel, Ryan, Kayla, Samantha, Emily, Brittany, Kara, and 6 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made in his honor by donating to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation at or by contacting them at (203) 229-0464. You are invited to view our webpage at


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Cashner Funeral Home
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Conroe, TX 77303
(936) 756-2126
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