Ann Humphrey


Ann Humphrey, 87, of Cleveland, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018, on her eldest daughter’s birthday.  She was surrounded by her loving family in her home.

She was a member of the North Cleveland Church of God. 

She was preceded in death by her beloved, hillbilly soldier, Roy Humphrey, from Maryville.

She was the daughter of the late Johann and Betty Bierl of Kitzingen, Germany. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Willie Bierl, and Joseph Bierl; and a sister, Maria Saromba. 

Survivors include her children: Maria Haney and husband, Rick, of Fuquay Varina, N.C., Josef Humphrey and wife, Teresa, of Fayetteville, N.C., Lena Barber and husband, Phillip, of Cleveland; 10 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; a loving brother-in-law, Reinhold Saromba, residing in Kitzingen, Germany; and several nieces and nephews throughout the United States and Germany, her homeland.

A Gathering of Friends will be held on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Dixon Chapel, North Cleveland Church of God, with the Celebration of the Fraulein’s Life following.   

Richard Deem, CEO of Montgomery Area Food Bank; Robert Moore, director of the Ministry to the Military, and Lena Barber will be officiating. 

Interment will be held on Monday  at 9:30 a.m. at the Chattanooga National Cemetery. Trey Adams, Zachary Parker, Kaleb Mosley, Jerry Mosley, Jerry Orr, E.J. Russell and Joseph Humphrey will serve as pallbearers. A white dove release ceremony, and bagpipes rendition of Amazing Grace, will conclude the interment service. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Ministry to the Military, Church of God General Offices, Cleveland, TN  37311.

We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Humphrey family guestbook at

Ralph Buckner Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.




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