John Lynn Humphrey, 87, of Brownwood, passed from this life June 5, 2019. Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, June 7 at Heartland Funeral Home with interment at the Bangs Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 6 at Heartland Funeral Home in Early.
John Lynn Humphrey was born Jan. 24, 1932 in Bangs to Mamie Frances and Malcolm M. Humphrey. He grew up on their farm, and at a young age convinced his father to buy a tractor and to allow John to wire their home for electricity. He attended Bangs public schools, lettering in football and track at Bangs High School before graduating in 1949. After high school, he attended Daniel Baker College in Brownwood. He married Lou Evelyn Lee of Brownwood in September 1952, joining the US Air Force the same year. He served a 4-year tour of duty, receiving an honorable discharge in 1956.
He earned a B.A. in Chemistry from University of New Mexico in 1955 and a B.S. in Biology from Southern Methodist University in 1958. In 1962, he received his Medical Degree from University of Texas Medical School in Galveston and then completed his internship at Brackenridge Hospital in Austin. While in medical school, he studied painting, producing beautiful oil and watercolor paintings that his children continue to cherish in their homes.
In 1963, Dr. Humphrey joined a group family practice in Friona. He and Lou returned to Brownwood in 1967, where he cared for generations of families in a solo practice for 28 years. From 1995 until his retirement in 2010, he continued to treat patients as part of the Scott & White Medical Group. After his retirement, he practiced part-time for Resource Care in Cross Plains. In appreciation for his contributions and generosity, Resource Care named their conference room the Dr. John Humphrey Conference Room.
In August 1986, Dr. Humphrey served as “Doctor of the Day” for the Texas House of Representatives in Austin. He maintained a certification with the American Board of Family Practice, was a Fellow of American Academy of Family Practice, and received the Physician’s Recognition Award in Continuing Medical Education from 1978 through 1999.
Dr. Humphrey belonged to the American Medical Association, the Texas Medical Association, and the Central Texas Medical Society. He served as Chief of Staff for Brownwood Community Hospital, as member and Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Brownwood Regional Hospital, as Vice-Councilor and Councilor for Area IV of TMA, and as president of the Central Texas Medical Society.
John was a Master Mason for over 50 years, a Rotarian, and a member of First United Methodist Church of Brownwood. Upon his retirement, Dr. Humphrey enjoyed raising Longhorn cattle on his home place outside of Bangs. He continued to play his fiddle, an instrument he had been inspired to learn in middle age.
Dr. Humphrey was preceded in death by two brothers, Lavon and George; and sister Alice.
He is survived by Lou, his beloved wife of 67 years; his sister-in-law, Henrietta Reed and husband Cordell of Comanche; his daughter, Dodie Brown and husband Paul and their children, Wade Hampton and wife Heather, Emmett Hampton, and Joshua Brown, all of Austin; his son, Lee Jack Humphrey and wife Allison and their children, Charlotte (7) and Leo (3), also of Austin; and several nieces and nephews and their families.
The family wishes to thank and honor his longtime caregivers for their loyalty and dedication: Mrs. Linda Perez, Cruz Salas, Paige Nino, Nadia Ayala, Laplesa Rosebloom, and his longtime housekeeper and assistant rancher Virene Jackson.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Brownwood.