City of Tupelo Ward 4 election explained, after death of candidate

Greg Humphrey

A candidate for Tupelo City Council, Gregory “G-Hump” Humphrey, died Thursday, March 11. He was 64. Humphrey had qualified to run against Ward 4 incumbent Nettie Davis.

With his death, Davis is basically running unopposed for the office; Humphrey will remain on the ballot, though, since the ballots are already printed. The possibility for a write-in candidate also remains but is a remote possibility with only a few days remaining until the April 6 primary, which would have decided the Ward 4 contest since both candidates are Democrats.

Details about Humphrey’s death are not readily available but, according to his obituary published on the Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary website, he was a 1975 graduate of Tupelo High School and subsequently attended Rust College. Humphrey worked for the Tupelo Fire Department during the 1980s. He was active in the community, working with youth basketball and mentoring. He had also served as president of the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Humphrey is survived by three daughters, Vershawn Johnson of Southaven and Kieara and Kieanna Morris of Tupelo and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by parents John Robert and Stella B. Humphrey and three brothers.

The primary election is April 6 (all dates are Tuesdays). Any necessary runoffs will be April 27, while the general election is June 8. Voter registration ends 30 days before each election. On Election Day, polling precincts will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Question about city elections can be answered, call 662-841-6505.

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