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Former Kingston mayor Humphreys dead at 81

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By The Staff

Robert D. “Bob” Humphreys, a community businessman and leader who served three terms as Kingston’s mayor, died Friday at age 81.

Though retired for the most part from public life, Humphreys was on Roane County’s E-911 board of directors at the time of his passing. He had served on the board as a representative for Kingston for 20 years.

Most recently, he was cited as the 3rd Civil District’s honoree in the 2012 Roane Treasures. The annual designation applauds Roane Countians for their various contributions in making the county a quality place to live.

Humphreys was born Sept. 8, 1931, in Kingston. He graduated from Midway High School and in 1950 married the former Sarah Winchester.

They served together on Kingston City Council in the late 1980s and early 1990s, with Bob presiding as mayor.

Their son, Gary, now deceased, was Kingston police chief during part of his parents’ tenure on council.

Though city politics thrust him in the spotlight, Humphreys served the community in various ways. He was a longtime deacon at Liberty Baptist Church at the time of his passing and a former deacon at Southwest Baptist Church.

He had numerous business interests that started in 1948 with the opening of Humphreys Market, a joint venture he entered with his father.

That led to other endeavors and jobs, including vice president of Scottish Inns of America, real estate broker with Central Real Estate and manager of Kentucky Street Exxon, the latter from which he retired in 1991.

In addition to his wife of 62 years, Humphreys is survived by a daughter, Becky Humphreys of Kingston; a son, Ronny Humphreys of Kingston; four grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Two sons, Gary and Roger, preceded him in death.

Services are today, Monday, in Liberty Baptist Church, Kingston. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m., with the funeral service to follow. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Calvary-Hazelwood Cemetery. Fraker Funeral Home, Kingston, is in charge of arrangements.