Emmett A. Humble

January 25, 1925November 7, 2018

Emmett A. Humble, age 93, of Houston was born on the 25th of January 1925, in Kerens, Navarro County, Texas. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served during the Pacific Theater of World War II, then returned to Texas and married his high school sweetheart, Lorine Crumpler.

He entered the University of Texas in Austin, earned Bachelor and Masters degrees, and then went to work for Humble Oil and Refining Company, now ExxonMobil, in Tyler, Texas. The Humbles returned to Houston in 1971. Mr. Humble’s tenure at Exxon included 13 years of Board level service, the last five years as CEO of Esso Exploration, Inc., Exxon’s affiliate responsible for international exploration and drilling, and as a Director of Exxon Production Research Company. Upon retirement from Exxon in 1986, he formed a consulting firm, Petroleum Associates International.

Mr. Humble is a Life Member of the Board of Directors for Sam Houston Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America and was awarded the Silver Beaver Award in 1975. Emmett was instrumental in restructuring the Retina Research Foundation after being asked to join in 1974. He served in various Chairmanship positions from 1974 thru 2017. In honor of his outstanding service to the foundation, he was endowed a chair at McPherson Eye Research Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007.

Emmett is preceded in death by his parents, Omer and Estelle, his wife Lorine and his grandson Eric. He is survived by his brother, Omer Ralph; sons, Deral and Keith; grandchildren, Kelley and Heather; great-grandchildren, Ethan, Preston, and Evan; and his nieces, Susan, Sally, and Sarah.

The funeral service is to be conducted at ten o’clock in the morning on Friday, the 16th of November, in the Jasek Chapel of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston. Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception to be held in the adjacent grand foyer.

At a later time, the family will gather for a private interment at Magnolia Cemetery in Woodville, Texas.

In lieu of customary remembrances, memorial contributions may be directed toward the Retina Research Foundation, 1977 Butler Blvd., Houston, TX 77030-4101 ( or call the office at (713) 797-1925.



  • Funeral Service Friday, November 16, 2018


  • At a later time, the family will gather for a private interment at Magnolia Cemetery in Woodville, Texas.

Emmett A. Humble

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Sandy & Marilyn Phillips

November 13, 2018

Emmett was an amazingly talented Geologist and manager for Exxon. From the time I first reported to work for him at the Harvey, LA office in 1965 until he retired in 1986 he watched over my career path in New Orleans, and our foreign locations in Libya, Norway, Indonesia and The Peoples Republic of China. A great personal friend, mentor and advisor. He was amazingly considerate of my Wife's concerns related to the overseas assignments . I will be forever grateful to him! What a man! It was an honor to have known him.

Sandy & Marlyn Phillips

Remmy Osude

November 10, 2018

My Name is Remmy . I'm Mr Humble caregiver. I love him so much. I don't know what to say about Mr Humble. But if you talking about nice family look for Mr Humble family they are the best. All my family know Mr Humble. Everyday all my family will call me when I get to work to ask about Mr Humble. And I always tell mr Humble my family said Goodmorning to him. Mr Humble will said thank you to my family. I'm going to miss Mr Humble so much. I work with him Monday to Friday. And to Mr Humble son's I don't know what to say about you. But I know one thing in life if you working for a family that love you like their own family you can tell they are nice people. One thing I tell my husband at home is if I have a baby boy his name is going to be Humble. My husband is fine with that. Mr Humble I'm going to miss you every morning 7.45am when I work into your room and I will say Good morning Mr Humble. And Mr Humble will open his eyes and tell me Good morning too. I know you are in a Better Place Now. May your soul rest in peace AMEN .