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Pauls Valley civic leader, businessman Bill Humphrey dies

William Humphrey was a former mayor and councilman in Pauls Valley who pursued economic development and was influential in local politics.
BY PAUL MONIES pmonies@opubco.com Modified: August 10, 2012 at 9:07 pm •  Published: August 11, 2012
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William Edwin Humphrey, a businessman, civic leader and former U.S. State Department official, died Thursday in Oklahoma City after a long illness. He was 73.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Stufflebean-Coffey Funeral Home in Pauls Valley.

Humphrey, who went by Bill, spent more than a decade with the Foreign Service in various positions in Europe, Mexico and Central America. He left the Foreign Service in 1974 and returned to Pauls Valley, where he became involved in insurance, real estate and banking. He also was active in local politics and civic organizations.

Among Humphrey's business interests were insurance agency Loftin & Humphrey, the Humphrey Real Estate Agency and as investment representative for Edward D. Jones & Co. in Pauls Valley. Humphrey served as a director of banks in Florida and Georgia. He was a director of Pauls Valley National Bank and a director and a vice president of First National Bank of Marlow.

Humphrey was born June 19, 1939, in Pauls Valley to Mamie Elizabeth and William E. Humphrey. He graduated from Pauls Valley High School in 1957. Humphrey graduated from Yale University in 1961 with a degree in architecture.

After graduation, Humphrey returned to Pauls Valley and applied for a job with the Foreign Service. He was rejected, but decided to pursue another degree at Oklahoma State University.

Humphrey graduated in 1962 with a bachelor's of business administration in marketing. His second attempt at applying for a job with the Foreign Service was successful, and Humphrey spent 12 years at various posts around the world.

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