Funerals Set For Two Teens Killed On Family Vacation

Two Lenoir County teenagers who were killed Tuesday in a Georgia car accident will be laid to rest Saturday.

Taylor and Kaitlyn Humphrey were killed in the single vehicle crash, while their father, mother and younger sister were injured.

Services for the two teens will be held Saturday at Munn Gymnasium at South Lenoir High School at 12:00 noon. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. The two will be laid to rest at Pinelawn Memorial Park in Kinston.

Taylor Humphrey, who was 18 years old, had just graduated from South Lenoir, while 16-year-old Kaitlyn also attended the high school.

The family was on their way to a reunion when troopers say a tire blew on their vehicle on I-95 just north of the Florida state line.


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A family vacation turned tragic Tuesday when a car accident killed two Lenoir County teens and sent the rest of the family to nearby hospitals.

Authorities with the Georgia State Patrol say the Humphrey Family of Deep Run was involved in the accident around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The family pastor confirms for WITN that 18-year-old Taylor Humphrey and 16-year-old Kaitlyn Humphrey were killed. They were the children of Wayland Humphrey, who is Lenoir County's GIS Coordinator, and his wife, Beverly.

The Humphrey's 12-year-old daughter, Carly, suffered injuries severe enough to warrant a helicopter transporting her to Shands Medical Center in Jacksonville, Florida.

Wayland Humphrey was also transported to Shands Medical Center, but by ambulance. Beverly Humphrey was taken to Southeast Georgia Regional Medical Center.

The Georgia State Patrol says Wayland Humphrey was driving when a rear tire blew, and he lost control. The SUV flipped over, ran into a ditch and then hit a tree.

Pastor Ronnie Davis of Rivermont Baptist Church tells WITN that the family was on their way to Florida for a family reunion.

He says Kaitlyn just returned from a church mission trip to Philadelphia Saturday night. Davis said the girl was quite and shy, but very respectful and loving.

The pastor says Taylor Humphrey had just graduated South Lenoir High School and planned to enroll in Lenoir Community College this fall. He said Taylor played football in high school and was very respectful.

Davis says the father, mother and daughter have since been released from hospitals and are staying with relatives in Jacksonville, Florida.

A memorial page has been set up on Facebook for Taylor and Kaitlyn Humphrey.


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  • by William Location: Grayling Michigan on Aug 10, 2010 at 02:27 AM
    I just happened to run accross the memorial page on facebook by accident. I do not know any of you but I will be praying for your family. This is so sad. Just remember that they are with god. Oh my goodness. Thank god not all of you were killed.
  • by Mr. Dean on Jul 10, 2010 at 01:47 PM
    Beverly and Wayland, I know Taylor and Kaitlyn are with the Lord. Please take comfort in that. I love you both. Mr. Dean
  • by Stephanie Location: kinston, nc on Jul 9, 2010 at 06:59 PM
    i can not image the pain you feel, but please know there are so many people that are not only hurting with you, but are there for you. reach out to all of taylor's & katilyn's friends and let them help you through this. i can see they love you all very much, i know my niece is one of them and her heart is broken. please GOD help this family see through this!
  • by Cynthia on Jul 9, 2010 at 05:47 PM
    Beverly and Wayland, I know Taylor and Kaitlyn are with the Lord. Please take comfort in that. I love you both.
  • by Sharon Location: kinston on Jul 8, 2010 at 06:16 PM
    Wayland my prayers are with you and your family -no words could adequately express how sorry I am for your loss but I will continue to pray that God provides you comfort during this tragic time.
  • by withheld Location: kinston on Jul 8, 2010 at 05:16 PM
    Chad is correct, Stephanie did not have a seat belt on. There is no need to argue over seat belts and texting. Texting and not wearing a seat belt is dangerous, but let these sweet angels of God rest in peace. Yes they were taken away too early, but there is a reason that God does what he does, and we should not question that.
  • by Me Location: Trenton on Jul 8, 2010 at 02:12 PM
    @ Chad. Chad I am sorry for the loss of your friend. However nothing could have changed the Lords work that day, not a seatbelt or the fineist Dr in the world. These 2 children we called home by the lord, he has greater things planned for them. As to the parents and sister my heart goes out to you and may the memories help find you piece.
  • by SLHSMOM Location: Deep Run on Jul 8, 2010 at 07:20 AM
    My prayer this morning is for everyone to pray to our Lord above to wrap his loving arms around our community, help the family, friends, parents & precious teens feel his uplifting strength and love. That he will hold Wayland, Beverly & Carly in his arms & carry them through this terrible tragedy & bring them home safely..Ask him to heal the many broken hearts & give us all the abundant grace, strength & support to honor katlyn & Taylor in the days to come..& to Bless our community that has come together to support the Humphrey family in whatever they may need...We are a strong & supportive community.. but we are broken and need prayer..
  • by Brenda Location: Williamston on Jul 8, 2010 at 06:46 AM
    A Greenville Legion Baseball team that my son coaches happened to be playing one of the Lenoir County teams this night of the accident, many of which were friends with these two teenagers. When he called that night on his way home after the game, I asked if they had won and he said "Mom, that's not really what's important tonight" and proceeded to tell me of the accident and how affected many of the players were by the tragic news-on both teams. He said "it just puts it all in perspective." And it truly does. To these players that are friends with the teens and to the family please know that many, many prayers are with each of you. May Our Lord provide you comfort that only He can.
  • by Madea Location: g'ville on Jul 8, 2010 at 04:23 AM
    Oh dear, this brought tears to my eyes. Please, Lord, Please be with this family at this time, and comfort them with your promises of hope.
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