Funeral services for George Andrew Humphrey Jr., 80, of Emory, will be held on Friday, April 7, 2023, at 3:00 p.m., at Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Turner Cemetery.
Mr. Humphrey died on April 2, 2023. He was born on October 27, 1942, to George Andrew Humphrey Sr. and Alba Stroup Humphrey in Dallas. He married his high-school sweetheart, Jeri McAree Humphrey, on November 22, 1962. They enjoyed 60 years together.
His early career was spent as a design/draftsman mostly in the aerospace industry. In 1963, he and Jeri moved to Houston. They were both employed by Philco/Ford as a subcontractor to NASA. Among other things, he designed several consoles to be used in NASA’s mission control center. Their daughter, Lori, was born in Houston in 1968 they moved back to Emory when she was five years old. George continued his career in aerospace as an employee of E-Systems in Greenville working as an electrical engineer and later in management.
They created the Happy Humphrey Hereford Ranch when they bought property belonging to his great-grandfather, William Thomas Durham from his grandmother, Clara Durham Stroup.
After many years of night school, George received his bachelor’s degrees in math and physics with a minor in computer science from Texas A&M Commerce, known then as East Texas State University. He retired from E-Systems/Raytheon in 2003 and a stroke in 2004 altered retirement plans but George and Jeri continued to push the limits of traveling. They took every opportunity to travel by car, train, plane, ship and hot air balloon. He was a licensed Ham Radio operator and helped found the Rains County Amateur Radio Association.
Mr. Humphrey is survived by his wife; daughter, Lori Cash; grandson, Kaden McKinney; granddaughter-in-law, Katy; great-grandson and namesake Kooper Andrew McKinney; two sisters in law, Shirley Humphrey, and Barbara Fudge; nephews, Jon, J, and Alan; nieces, Jacki and Andrea; and cousins, Ray B. Stroup Jr and wife Pam, and Margie Stroup Moriarty and husband Dan.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Jerry Humphrey, Jack Fudge and Thomas Humphrey; nephew, Mike Fudge; grandson, baby McKinney; and cousin, Dorothy Stroup.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in his honor to the Emory Methodist Church’s fund for updating and upgrading their facility for persons with disabilities.
Arrangements are under the direction of Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home.
A visitation will be held before the service from 1:00-2:30 p.m. at Emory Methodist Church.