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Billie Raymond Humphrey, age 72, of Platte City, Missouri, passed away peacefully Monday, October 17, 2011, in Platte City, following an impressive and often miraculous battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was born December 20, 1938, in Maries County, Missouri, to his parents, Mitchell Allen Humphrey and Mabel Lorene Humphrey. He was raised in Dixon, Missouri, where he graduated from Dixon High School in 1957, marrying Hortence S. Lipscomb that same year. Billie and Hortence both worked at the Brown Shoe Company production factory in Dixon from 1957 through 1963. He and his wife relocated to Kansas City, Missouri, in 1963, where Billie worked in various trades until his employment at Trans World Airlines as an aerospace worker in 1965 from which he later retired following a long career of faithful service of over 36 years. During his tenure at TWA, Billie was a member of International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Air Transport Local 1650. He and Hortence had resided in Platte City since 1987 after moving there from the Kansas City, Missouri, metropolitan area. Billie was very much appreciated and liked by all who knew him well and respected for his abilities as an outdoorsman, artist, and craftsman. Nothing seemed beyond his ability to repair or create. As a member at Pine Ridge Presbyterian Church in Kansas City, Billie made known his love for God and Jesus and it is with confidence that his family knows him to be at peace in the eternal presence of his Father God. Survivors include his wife of the home, Hortence Humphrey; his son, Michael Humphrey and daughter-in-law, Marilyn Humphrey. Billie was preceded in death by his mother and father; as well as his twin brother, Laymond; his older brother, Myrel; and his younger brother, Carlos. The family is grateful for the wonderful care and faithful support of Crossroads Hospice during the last several years. A graveside service will be held at the Dixon Cemetery in Dixon, Missouri on Friday, October 21, 2011, at 1 p.m. All arrangements are under the direction of the Dixon Chapel of the Birmingham-Martin Funeral Homes. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that condolences be expressed at Crossroads Hospice Charitable Foundation, 10810 East 45th Street, Suite #300, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74146; http://www.crhcf.org/ Donations.aspx.
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