Sidney "David" Humphries, age 68, born in Prescott, Arkansas on November 26, 1950, passed away just after midnight on September 7, 2019 in his home while surrounded by his entire immediate family. As one day released itself into the next, so our David's spirit was liberated to fly free of the constraints of his worn out human suit. He fought the good fight against lung cancer, showing us all one last time that not even a broken body could keep him still for long.
It's safe to say he's currently inspecting a roof somewhere nearby.
David is survived by his wife of 36 years, Karen Humphries; their three daughters, Kelly (Michael) Coffman, Sabrina Humphries, and Dr. Felicia (Stephen) Sifers. He is also survived by his siblings, Bobby Jack (Margaret) Humphries, Sharon Humphries, Carl (Sheryl) Humphries, Nita (James) Hampton, and Kimberly (Jeremy) Gerlach. He also leaves behind his two very favorite boys, grandsons, True Cade Coffman and Crosby Case Coffman. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and special friend John (Stephanie) Matyi and Rylie.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Sidney A. Humphries and JoyLee F. (Stroud) Humphries.
David had been a friend of Bill W. since 1985, a decision that allowed him to excel at his true purpose on this earth: To love and care for his family. He was stubborn, an advice giver to the extreme, an expert piddler and tinkerer extraordinaire. He had an ornery, playful spirit and could outwork most anyone. On any given day, you could find him up early, making the rounds to visit his coffee-drinking buddies. He could fix most anything, and if it couldn't be repaired, he'd scrap it and build you a whole new one. He made great coffee and even better lunches for his wife's workday and had dinner on the table most nights when she returned home.
In the decades he spent driving a truck, David found a way to be present for his daughters in every aspect of their lives. Despite the crazy, long hours he spent on the road, he managed to attend almost every soccer and softball game they ever played. His life and work schedule revolved around theirs - sometimes magically appearing at a game even before his wife knew he was back in town. He raised his girls to be fierce and self-reliant. His presence in their lives, be it sitting in the bleachers or standing in the kitchen making midnight snacks for their sleepovers, reminded them they had his support no matter what.
David told good stories, the kind that made you ponder the more important things in life like taking care of your neighbors, helping a stranger, or reminding someone that despite their mistakes, they were worthy of love. There was magic in his eyes when he looked into yours, and there was no mistaking whether he liked you or not. If he did, he'd have given you the shirt off his back or the last dollar in his pocket.
Or at least mowed your lawn.
Yard work was his happy place. He deeply appreciated a well-manicured lawn, and not just his own. He would mow any and all lawns that he could possibly mow on his little strip of the street. Shortly before being discharged from the hospital for the last time, he asked the hospice team if he would be allowed to continue to mow the lawn when he returned home. His health had declined to the point of just a few steps at a time, but he still craved the smell of fresh cut grass and the buzz of an edger. Every blade would be tended to, much like the people he loved.
If you were to ask David about his description of paradise, his answer would have echoed the sentiments of the great Johnny Cash:
"This morning with her, having coffee."
His funeral will be held at 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at Smith Memorial Chapel in Guthrie, Oklahoma. Services are under the direction of Smith-Gallo Funeral Home.
A private family interment will be held at a later date.
Visitation is Tuesday, September 10, 2019 from 1:00 -5:00 P.M.
In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to Sooner NuVoice OKC ( a Laryngectomee Support Group), 129 Ann Arbor, Edmond, OK 73013.
The family would like to extend special thanks to Dr. Trinitia Cannon, Tracy Grammer, SLP, Dr. Tyler Gunter, and the radiation oncology team at Stephensen Cancer Center. They are also grateful to Centennial Hospice for their help and tender, loving care during David's final days.
Traditional Cremation Service
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Smith Memorial Chapel
220 North First Street
Guthrie, Oklahoma 73044
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