Samuel H. Humbard


Samuel “Sam” Houston Humbard, 87, of Cleveland, received his final reward and went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, surrounded by his loving family.

He was a devoted husband, father and “Papaw” who loved his family very much.

He was a lifelong resident of Bradley County and a known and respected custom homebuilder and master craftsman in the Southeast. He was the former president of the local homebuilders association, and national director.

He was also a former member of the local planning commission.

He was of Baptist faith and deacon at Echoes of Mercy Baptist Church. One of his favorite quotes was from John Wayne: “Tomorrow hopes we have learned something from yesterday.”

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Samuel Pearl and Clara Hicks Humbard; father and mother-in-law, V.C. and Edna Geren Elliott; sisters: Rosene Dunn and Lorene Barnard; daughter, Jill (Humbard) Lewallen; and brothers-in-law: Bob C. and Paul T. Elliott.

Survivors include his “girl,” his loving and devoted wife of 68 years, Joy F. Humbard; two children: Deborah J. (Tony) Kimsey and Samuel W. (Susan) Humbard, all of Cleveland; sisters-in-law: Nell Elliott of Franklin and Patricia Elliott of Tampa, Fla.; brother-in-law, Sam Elliott of Seffner, Fla.; grandchildren: Lacey (Chris) Bailey of Cleveland, Jenni (Tony) Giannourakis of Cleveland, Josh Lewallen of Colorado Springs, Colo., Chelsey Kimsey of Boston, Anna Humbard of Knoxville, Chay (Alisha) Kimsey of Cleveland, Samuel Colton Humbard of Cleveland, Aaron Howard of Knoxville Chris (Summer) Howard of Ooltewah and Brandon (Kim) Howard of Mauldin, S.C.; great-grandchildren: Danetta, Illyana and Giorgio Giannourakis, Hailey, Mason, Kaydence, Ava, Thomas and Parker Howard, and others soon to arrive; and several nieces and nephews he loved very much.

The service will be conducted at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017, in the chapel of Fike-Randolph & Son Funeral Home, with the Revs. Earl Gentry, Sam Melton and Daniel White officiating.

A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. on Mondayat Sunset Memorial Gardens with Eddie Moreland, Chay Kimsey, Tony Giannourakis, Colton Humbard, Dennis Elliott and Rick Cawood serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Steve Robinson, Jerry Graham, Charlie Stinnett, Keith Hall, Chris Howard, Brandon Howard, Brent Elliott and Jack Easterly.

His family will receive friends from 3 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.

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