Phillip’s life began in Waco, TX, on July 25, 1983. He was the second-born child of Scott Herbert Hummel and Vanessa Claudette Washington, quickly taking up all the space in the room. Phillip, though mischievous and often a pest to his big sister, Jansen, was always sensitive, fun-loving and kind.
True to his nature, Phil befriended his life-long best friend at the age of eight. He and Tonna Bergana would as close as any brothers until his passing.
Phil met and immediately fell in love with his wife, Kimberly Traylor, while attending Marion Baptist church. Marriage and the birth of Tyler quickly followed, giving their son, Justin, a baby brother. Life was a whirlwind of new jobs and new towns until they made roots in Monroe where, ten years later, they were blessed with their last child, Carter.
Phil was an amazing father and loving partner. He never let the sun set on his anger and was attentive and giving even in the hardest of times.
Phil had a soft spot for those in need or anyone who he considered less fortunate than himself. He was a cheerful giver and never expected anything in return.
The last few months of Phil’s life were a struggle as the ugly grip of cancer took hold. But he continued to cherish the warm embrace of friends and find comfort whenever surrounded by conversation and laughter. He never stopped absorbing the love coming from those around him, and he returned it in kind. He never stopped being Phillip.
When Phil learned of his illness in November, he adopted the saying, “Cancer threatened my life, but saved my soul,” and would spend his remaining days bosting of the God’s glory and goodness. We will find comfort in the days to come knowing he is with his Creator with a body made whole and a spirit unchained.
On April 21, 2023, Phillip Scott Hummel shed his earthly pain and made a graceful exit surrounded by the love he had nurtured all his life. Today and forever, he flies free.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Vanessa Claudette Washington, and leaves behind his father, Scott Herbert Hummel (Janette). He leaves behind his wife of 15 years, Kimberly Hummel; three sons, Justin Traylor (20), Tyler Hummel (14), and Carter Hummel (5); he also leaves behind a sister, Jansen Williams (Brian Williams); and two nieces, Cyndey McAfee and Brooke Williams; he also leaves behind his maternal grandmother, Lessie B. Jamerson (Billy Ray); and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
To my love,
I love you more than words could ever tell. A piece of my heart will forever be missing. Your love was unconditional and your hugs could cure all. There will not be a day that goes by that I will not miss you. I’m not sure how to go through this life without you, but you taught me to never give up and to keep fighting and that is exactly what I will do. I love you with all my heart always and forever.
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