Come in this House!

Dear Friends:

Today God gave grace as He released my Dad from his failing body and mind, and welcomed him into Heaven. Dad used to welcome folks into his home by throwing open the front door, stepping out onto the threshold with a huge grin and wide open arms, and saying with great enthusiasm, “Come in this house!” If appropriate, he would immediately follow this welcome with a kiss. I can just envision that the situation was reversed this morning as Dad was ushered into Heaven by a joyful God, who exclaimed, “Come in this house!” Hugs and kisses were sure to follow. I am so happy for him.

The following article are thoughts that I wrote to be used as an obituary. His children desire that it bring glory to God, as Dad’s life did.

Kent

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JACK CARLTON HUMPHREYS

1922 – 2010

Jack Carlton Humphreys, 88, of Oklahoma City went to his eternal home on December 30, 2010.  He was born in Lawton on September 29, 1922, the son of George and Dora. He grew up in Oklahoma City, Watson, Sapulpa, and Guthrie, and graduated from the University of Oklahoma.  There he met Bonnie Mahaffey, “began their exciting love affair”, and started their 69 years of marriage on August 31, 1941.

Jack proudly served as an U.S. Army artillery officer in Europe in World War II, earning the French Croix de Guere Medal of Honor. He was a classic entrepreneur, and worked for thirty five years in retail (Jack’s 5 & 10) and distribution (Jacks Service Co.). .  His amazing gift with and love for numbers and his great memory for figures continued until just a few years ago when the Alzheimer’s finally took its toll. Jack credited God and Bonnie for the growth of the business and investments that enabled him to retire from active business at the age of forty-nine. At that time, he became a volunteer instructor for The Billy Graham Association. He and Bonnie spent four to five months a year for the next twenty-five years training hundreds of counselors for the Billy Graham Crusades world-wide . This work became a true joy for him.

Jack was the physical embodiment of the term “Eternal Optimist”.  It is not surprising, then, that he claimed that his favorite Bible verse was “Ephesians 6:40”. Since there is no Ephesians 6:40, Jack would smile as he explained that he was actually referring to Ephesians 3:20 – only doubled. It says, “God can do anything, you know — far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams!” Jack credited Jesus Christ with every blessing. He lived an enthusiastic and passionate life, and never missed an opportunity to ask, “Have you made the marvelous decision to have a personal relationship with Jesus?”

Better known as “Poppy” by his family, he spent most of the second half of his life spending time with his family and serving the Body of Christ through his church and the Billy Graham Association. He loved studying the Bible each week while preparing for his Sunday School class at Northwest Baptist Church. Right up until the end, he read from his Bible daily, and with delight.  Paul writes, “Right now… we have three things to do…: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly.” (1)  Poppy’s FAITH prompted him to be the Master Encourager, his HOPE allowed him to be an Eternal Optimist, and his LOVE caused him to be a Generous Giver.  As he traveled with Graham he became the Master Encourager of hundreds of pastors and staff.  Everyone always loved having a lunch with Jack or having him come by the office.  To the many Christian workers that he supported, Poppy’s positive spirit was even more important than his Generous Giving. Poppy and “Mom Mom” for years have quietly provided for widows, family members, church staff, and Christian workers.

In the hearts of his family, Romans 12:10-13 seems to describe Jack. It says, “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love… fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation… contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.” If God were to speak to us today, He could say these words about Jack, “I’ve sent him to you … so he could encourage you in your faith.” (Colossians 4:8 in The Message).  Jack’s life could easily be described by quoting Proverbs 11:25, which says, “The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed”; and to Jack, God is undoubtedly saying, “Whoever believes in Me has real life, eternal life.” “Well done, good and faithful servant!” (John 6:47 and Matthew 25:23)

Poppy’s greatest legacy will not be through his business, or teaching, or other accomplishments, but through the life he lived with “Mom Mom” and his family. He left a huge legacy to the next three generations.

Jack “Poppy” Humphreys is survived by his wife, Bonnie Gene Humphreys, and their four living children and their spouses: Kent and Davidene Humphreys, Kirk and Danna Humphreys, Craig and Beverly Humphreys, and Joy and Randy Fischer, all of Oklahoma City. Their sister, Jan, is already with Jesus, awaiting Poppy’s arrival.  He also leaves his legacy through 14 grandchildren, Lance and Stacy Humphreys, Rod and Stevanna Wolfard, Kenda and Jason Hall, Kami and Mark Weems, Grant and Jenifer Humphreys, April and Todd Novak, Heather and Nick Laguire, Amy and Scott Norris, Blair and Maggie Humphreys, Blake and Elyse Fischer, Carly and Corey Graham, Annie and Jonathan Middlebrooks,  Ross Fischer, and Sam Humphreys. Jack’s great-grandchildren include Jake, Emily, Emma, Ford, Jack, Mary, Hank, and baby boy Humphreys, Caleb, Hannah, Nathan, and Rebekah Hall, Carly and Mack Weems, Faith, Jack, and Luke Wolfard, and Cole, Emma, and Lily Novak.  Jack is also survived by his brother-in-law, Jim Mahaffey, and his wife Kathryn.

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About kenthumphreys
Kent Humphreys has been a business leader for over forty years. He also served as CEO of FCCI/Christ@Work for six years and now serves as their worldwide ambassador, speaking, writing, and mentoring young leaders. He continues to be active in distribution, private equities, and real estate. Kent and his wife Davidene have written six books together. They have three children and eight grand-children.

19 Responses to Come in this House!

  1. Laurie Goree says:

    May God comfort your family in your loss and bless you all with deep joy as your thoughts are filled with precious memories of his life. I bet that Jack’s welcome included a hearty “Wahoo” from my dad. May we serve Christ faithfully as we wait our turn to join them in His presence.

  2. Boe Parrish says:

    Kent,

    Although I never remember meeting your father, it sounds like your heart was identical to your dad’s heart, so in that way I did know him. I rejoice that Jack finished the race, ran through the tape and pushed open heaven’s gate!! That is the glorious hope each one of us strive for.

    While I’m sure his loss is going to leave a hole in the family, his sons are doing an excellent job of carrying the legacy of faith forward. Our prayers are with you and your entire family. He was an inspiration to thousands throughout the world, and will be sorely missed.

    Warm regards,

    Boe & Nancy Parrish

  3. Buck Jacobs says:

    Kent,
    Thank God for Poppy and for the “Poppys” That He has sprinkled around the world. I will look forward to meeting him at home!

    May his tribe increase! As a great part of his legacy you have and are contributing to the increase. Have a great celebration and press on!
    Yours in Christ,
    Buck

  4. Kent, I’m sure somewhere along the line I met your father, but I can’t recall the occasion. I’ve heard many a story regarding him from Mom & Dad to know what a fine individual he was. There is much rejoicing in Heaven due to his arrival. What a terrific job you did of honoring him with your words.

  5. Joe Pellegrin says:

    Kent, We rejoice as well as weep with you and the family in Jack’s transferring from this life into the presence of Jehovah God! We will be praying for you all during this time of such joy and loss.

  6. Jim White says:

    Kent,

    Kent,

    Thank you for sharing about the “Graduation” of your Father to be with his Heavenly Father. I lost my Mother on Dec. 31 some years back. Your Father was a kindred spirit with my Mother as they both shared a love and zeal for their relationship with Christ and took every opportunity to tell others about Him. It is no wonder that you so enthusiastic about Christ, the Joy He brings and your passion to serve Him with all that you have. You are an example of following in the great legacy that your Father left you. You and your family will miss Him greatly, but I celebrate His life with you. Thanks for sharing and please accept our condolences for your loss of your Father. Be Blessed Kent and keep giving ’em Heaven.

  7. Guy Madison says:

    Kent, Jennifer and I are so sorry to hear about your dad. As you said in your comments, we too are so happy for him. Our prayers will be with you and your family!
    Love Guy and Jennifer

  8. Laura Manahan says:

    What an awesome man he was – I never met your father, but just reading all you told made me feel like I knew him well. One of his best references for Christ is the children he and your mother raised and the way you love the Lord and continue his caring and love for others.
    Prayers for you and praises that he is now with the Heavenly father he proclaimed daily.

  9. Al Rhodes says:

    Kent,
    Now we know the beginning of your story. Both your earthly and heavenly fathers have influenced your life’s
    walk on this earth. Heaven becomes sweeter every day as I anticipate the fellowship and stories that will be told there that will glorify our Lord forever. Bless you and yours.Until,
    Al Rhodes

  10. Heather says:

    Uncle Kent,

    Thank you for taking the time to compose such an excellent description of Poppy’s life. I was just telling someone that I think Jesus greeted him with “Come in this House!”

    Everything you said is true, and I am especially thankful for how he lived out 1 Corinthians 12 – “Faith…Hope…Love.”

    I am forever thankful for the privilege of calling Poppy (and you) “family.”

    Love,
    Heather

  11. Heather says:

    Oops…1 Corin. 13 😉

  12. Susan Dage says:

    Dear Kent and Davidene,

    I want to express my sincere condolences on the passing of your Dad, Jack. I have heard so many wonderful things about your dad from Peter and Terry, and they certainly feel blessed to have had Jack
    in their lives. Please know that you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers for peace and
    comfort, as you rejoice Jack’s presence in the company of our Lord.
    Blessings,
    Susan Dage

  13. Cathy Westm says:

    Dearest Kent and Beloved Family – Until we meet him again… may you find continued peace, comfort and serenity in knowing the massive width & depth of his kindness… the comfort he shared and the love he brought into so many lives. With Love, Brian & Cathy

  14. Harold Armstrong says:

    Dear Kent and Davidene,

    A very well prepared Eulogy for a wonderful servant of the Lord. I am so blessed to have been able to know and spend time with Jack, you and Bruce several years ago in business and to subsequently have the honor of having his and Bonnie’s support and encouragement in our CBMC ministry Everytime I think of Jack I see an extremely winsome, positive man with a big engaging smile. Jack truly lived a life of signiificance and made an eternal difference in the lives of thousands!

    Many blessings to you and the family,
    Harold Armstrong

  15. Brett Yohn says:

    I so resonate with your tribute, Kent. Wonderful words. True words. Last night as I told our son-in-law about Jack and Bonnie, I got very emotional. He was MORE than what you wrote. The reality of few men’s lives surpass what is written on their death. It was no mistake that his company was “Jack’s SERVICE Company”, because he was a servant of the Lord Jesus and was such an example to those of us who had the privilege of observing his life. He is missed! You guys are in our prayers.

  16. kent humphreys says:

    Thanks to all of you for your kind and gracious words. Your friendship and encouragement in Chirst means so much to us.

    My Dad has left us quite a legacy. Our family is really doing well, and we are so thrilled that Dad is finally with Jesus.

    His services will be on Monday at Northwest Baptist Church on NW 23rd here in OKC at 3 pm.

    Kent and Davidene

  17. Cathy Burris says:

    Dear Kent,
    Our first memory of Jack was at training for a tent meeting Kelly Green was having in the front parking lot of CHBC. There we heard Jack reference the “Read the Bible in a Year”. We asked him where it might be purchased and he told us. The very next evening there was a knock at the door and there stood Jack. Of course the response was “please come in”. He had two books in his hands for us. We had a wonderful visit and in a very short time your daddy went from being a stranger to a wonderful friend. That year we were allowed to give the book to 11 other people, just from Jack’s deed. God is good. So glad he is with our Lord and we pray peace and comfort for all the Humphreys.
    Cathy & John Burris

  18. Mary McKee says:

    Would that your words said about your father could be said about all of us who claim Jesus to be the Son of God and our Savior. Your comments are certainly an encouragement to keep on looking to such a goal. Thank you.

  19. Sue Ann Wagner says:

    I will always remember his big flashy smile–so contageous. He always seemed enthusiastic to share of his love for our Lord. Not only do I remember him coming to share his testimony at the Norman BSU (University of Oklahoma), but also when I was at the OU Medical Center for our smaller BSU there in the early 1970’s. I remember we voted him our favorite speaker of the year. What a legacy of a wonderful family that will extend for many generations to come. What a privilege to have met and know such a mighty and loving encourager for the gospel of Jesus Christ. I will be praying for you family members and Don and I send our love to each of you from Houston.

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