American Towman Magazine - June 2022 - Corrected

Page 12

Letter to the Editor

Tink’s coffin is secured on Aerojet’s flatbed for one last ride.

Tink and Carole went on a tour at Miller Industries since all their tow trucks came from there, and it was the highlight of their vacation.

Farewell to Tink Humphrey On November 11, 2021, Veteran’s Day, I lost the most important person and love of my life. My husband Tink Humphrey and I own and operate South Main Astrojet in Lexington, North Carolina. Tink passed away at the age of 62 from complications of pneumonia. We had been together 50 years and married 41 years. He was a pillar in the towing community and was respected by all of his peers. Tink and I started with a Datsun wrecker called “Lil Hustler.” He was the most experienced wrecker operator I had ever seen and he never ceased to amaze with his towing and recovery abilities. We were a team and I was with him every step of the way. His final ride to his resting place was taken on the bed of our rollback with me driving and his Mom riding shotgun. Tink had a love of his family, wreckers and classic cars. The happiest moment of his life came when our son Thomas was born. Thomas was the light of his blue eyes and we always bragged about his boy being the best wrecker driver in the world. His funeral procession was led by the Lexington Police Department down Main Street to Forest Hill Memorial Park. Downtown Lexington came to a standstill while we made our way with my passenger, Tink and all of his hot rods being driven behind us. Several other wrecker services joined in on his funeral procession and I knew in my heart Tink was a happy man. Rest in peace, my dear husband, and I will see you on the “Brighter Side of Gray.”

Carole Humphrey

South Main Astrojet Lexington, North Carolina 12 • June 2022 |

Tink leaves behind a nice collection of red rods and other cool rides.