Billy Ray Humphus was born March 31, 1933 in Waco, Texas to Tom and Allie Humphus. He passed away Thursday, March 18, 2021. He would have celebrated his 88th birthday on March 31.
Visitation will be Sunday, March 21 from 5 to 7pm at OakCrest Funeral Home. A graveside service will be 10 am Monday, March 22 at Waco Memorial Park with Brother Wayne Blackshear officiating.
Bill graduated from Waco Technical High School in May of 1951. He married his high school sweetheart, Billie Jean Smith on August 10, 1951. They would have been married 70 years this August. He was inducted in the Army March of 1953 and discharged as Sergeant in March 1955 after serving 16 months in Korea.
The next 50 years were spent in metal fabrication and then structural steel. In his last years he owned his own business.
After retirement he worked in repair of medical equipment and became a wood carver. He was a member of Brazos Valley Wood Carvers.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; mother and father-in-law, Hubert and Neta Smith; brother-in-law, Master Sergeant Earl Lee Tunmire; nephews, Barry Ray Tunmire and Darren Tunmire.
He is survived by his wife, Billie Humphus; sister-in-law, Wanda Tunmire; 2 special nephews and wives, Earl Lee Tunmire and wife, Pat, Larry Ray Tunmire and wife, Suzanne; great nephew, Billy Earl Tunmire and wife, Audrie, Tina Lynn Fields and husband, Craig, Stacey Lynne Winget and husband, Jeff, Amy Diane Wehr and husband, Jeff, and Valerie Denise Tunmire; 9 great great nieces and nephews; 3 great great great nieces; and many many cousins.
The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to Providence Hospice for their loving care.