Class  of  1948
Kelton  Brooks "K. B." Humphreys  Jr.

Obituary

 

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Dr. Kelton Brooks Humphreys Jr., dentist and former resident of Paris, Tennessee, died on December 12, 2012, in Omaha, Nebraska, after a brief illness.

K.B. was born on April 3, 1930, in a house on Edgewood Street in Paris. He was the son of Kelton Brooks Humphreys Sr. and Ruby Pankey Humphreys. He attended Atkins Porter Elementary School, and Grove High School, graduating in 1948. After attending the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, he studied dentistry at UT Memphis. Upon graduation, he joined the U.S. Navy dental corps, and later served in the Naval Reserve Corps, leaving the service with the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

In December 1952, K.B. married Mary Donnelly Humphreys (1930-2003). They returned to Paris after naval service, and K.B. joined his father in dental practice, first in the Commercial Bank Building and later in the old McSwain Clinic on Dunlap Street, renamed the Humphreys Building. K.B retired in 2000 and he and Mary moved to a log cabin in the mountains of North Carolina. After his wife died, K.B. lived briefly with his daughter in Durham, N.C. before returning to live in Paris. A year ago he moved into a retirement community near his son in Omaha, Neb.

K.B. is survived by his sister Rita Petty of Gainesville, Georgia; his son and daughter in law, Brooks and Cindy Humphreys of Omaha, Neb.; his daughter and son in law, Margaret Humphreys and Ted Kerin of Durham, N.C.; and three grandchildren: Connor Humphreys, Kate Humphreys, and Will Kerin.

K.B. was active in local community groups and clubs, including the Knights of Columbus, the Elks, and the Optimist Club. He always enjoyed the outdoors, and earned the Eagle Scout rank in Boy Scouts. He particularly loved Kentucky Lake, where the family had a cabin and enjoyed swimming, sailing, and fishing. In the late 1980s he and Mary took up hiking, becoming avid visitors to the Land Between the Lakes Park, where they helped maintain trails and supported conservation efforts.

Mary and K.B. organized and sponsored the building of a new trail at LBL, dubbed the Volunteer trail, honoring both the many people who give their time to LBL, and their own persistent allegiance to UTís sports teams.

K.B. was an avid painter and photographer, and he recorded the beauty of the natural world through these media. KB also enjoyed the handyman role; restoring their 1880 home on Dunlap Street became one of his lifeís passions.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 the First United Methodist Church, 110 E. Blythe St., in Paris. The family invites those who wish to honor him with a donation to contribute to the Friends of Land Between the Lakes, (345 Maintenance Road, Golden Pond, Kentucky 42211, http://www.friendsoflbl.org/), a group that supports education and conservation programs in LBL
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MEMORIAL  SERVICE

K. B. Humphreys Jr.

A memorial service is planned at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 19, 2013
 at First United Methodist Church in Paris for former Paris resident and longtime
dentist K. B. Humphreys Jr. of Omaha, Nebraska

 

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Obituary  reprinted from  THE  PARIS  POST-INTELLIGENCER
Paris, Tennessee
December 21, 2012  Edition ~ Used by Permission

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