July 12, 2010
Parker Morell Humes, former Midland College Board Trustee, passed away July 11, 2010, in Midland, Texas. He was born on December 15, 1934, in his grandmother's house in Gatesville, Texas, to Parker Kellum Humes and Maude Mae Turner Humes. He was raised and educated in Lamesa, Texas, where his father was the Dawson County School Superintendent.
Parker’s belief in the power of education and his family's commitment to the teaching profession led to his meaningful work for the Midland community through his tenure on the Midland Independent School Board. He served two terms from 1978 to 1986 serving as Board President for two of those years. After leaving the MISD Board he was elected as a trustee of Midland College and served from 1986 to 2000, where he served two terms as board president.
Mr. Humes enjoyed a successful career in the radio broadcasting business. He was a disc jockey in the early days of rock and roll for KCRS radio and also announced many area high school sports games. After marrying Midlander, Pat Gilbert, in 1961 he moved from being an on air personality to positions in sales and management. In 1972 he became Vice President and General Manager of KCRS until 1996 when he became the president and owner of Humes Broadcasting Company, comprised of KCRS AM, KWMJ FM, and MUZAK.
Parker loved music and the radio business but was equally passionate about the Midland community. He served on many area boards including the Midland Civic Ballet, Girl Scouts of the Permian Basin, and Junior Achievement. He co-founded the Leadership Midland Program. He was a member of the Midland Jaycees and in 1978 was voted Boss of the Year. He was also on the board of the Optimist Club and a longtime Rotary Club member, serving a term as president and was both Rotarian of the Year and a Paul Harris fellow.
Parker was a loyal supporter of his alma mater, Baylor University. He served on the Baylor Development Council and was President of the West Texas Baylor Exes. He was a stalwart fan of Baylor Bear Athletics. Another of his passions included being a member of the West Texas Rose Society where his Mr. Lincoln hybrid tea rose won "Best of Show" in the 1980 Midland Flower Show. He also enjoyed his Wednesday afternoon golf group for over 30 years.
Parker is survived by his wife of 49 years, Pat Humes, and three daughters: Paige Humes LeMasters of Abilene, Texas; Pamela Humes of Midland; and Trish Humes Speight of Midland.
"A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches." Proverbs 22:1
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