Crawford Leon Humbard
Crawford Leon Humbard was born December 22, 1934 in the family home in Oak Grove, Arkansas. When asked what he remembered about growing up, he recalled working long hard hours on the family farm, fishing and swimming in Yocum Creek, and loading up in the wagon once a month for big chicken dinners with all the cousins at his grandparents' home.
Leon moved to Kansas City the mid-1950's to find work. He married Norma Jean Smith of Berryville, and together they raised two daughters, Clarissa and Susan. Leon continued to work hard to make sure his family had everything they needed, usually working 40 hours a week for the railroad and perhaps 20 more doing remodeling, trimming trees or doing other odd jobs. He was very proud that his children never went hungry a day, and that he always made enough money to pay all the bills on time and provide for some extras.
Leon loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing, and he loved this community. His plan was always to move back to Arkansas, and after he retired, he did. He married Carmeletta White in January, 2001 and lived happily with her in Green Forest, Arkansas until her death in 2011. Together they hunted and fished, and visited the occasional casino where Leon always lost everything Carmie won. They loved the church here, and all the people who showed them so many kindnesses through both of their illnesses.
Leon never lost his sense of humor and loved "funnin." His very last night, the nurse leaned over his bed and said, "Leon, I'm Rachel and I'll be with you all night." To which Leon groggily replied, "Don't tell my wife."
Leon passed away on June 8, 2014 after a decades-long fight with COPD. He was preceeded in death by his father, George Humbard, his mother Lenora Humbard, his brother J. D. Humbard, his sister Joyce Dickenson and his wife Carmeletta Humbard. He leaves behind two daughters: Clarissa Morrison and Susan Verstraete, five grandchildren: Sean Patton, Patrick Verstraete, Rebecca Morrison, Christopher Verstraete and Ben Morrison and two great-grandchildren: Kaylee Patton and Connor Patton.
Visitation will be 5 until 7:00 PM, Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at the Nelson's Green Forest Chapel. Funeral service will be 2:00 PM, Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at the First Baptist Church in Green Forest, AR with Rev. Marvin Emmons officiating. Interment will follow at the Hale Cemetery under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service. Online condolences may be sent to the family at nelsonfuneral.com.