Kevin Lynn Hamby of Amarillo, Texas passed away on May 24, 2021. He was 57 years old.
Services will be at 11:00 A.M., Friday, May 28, 2021, in the Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Dr. G. A. Roach officiating. Burial will be at Memory Gardens Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Kevin was born to Gerald and Mary Hamby on October 30, 1963, in Hereford, Texas. He attended Hereford High School where he graduated in 1982. One of his fondest memories was the football playoffs in the fall of his senior year as number 52. He loved the sport and was an avid Cowboys fan.
Kevin met his future wife, Stacy Schroeder, his senior year of high school. They dated for six years before their marriage on June 6, 1987, at the First Baptist Church of Hereford. They lived in Lubbock, Big Spring, and Odessa before settling down in Amarillo. Their date nights were something they both looked forward to and rarely ever missed.
Kevin was involved in the lives of his sons, Jeremy and Hunter.
When they were very young, he coached their soccer teams. However, baseball was the sport he loved coaching and between his two sons, he coached their teams for 18 years. Kevin was dedicated to the program and spent many hours fixing up the ballparks, ensuring a great experience for all that participated. He is recognized all over town by the team members he coached and is praised for the role he played in their development. He always spoke with pride about the success of his sons who both began careers in areas that made them happy.
Kevin prepared himself for his career with Sherwin Williams by working for his Uncle Durward’s shop. It was there where he learned to service airless paint sprayers. After high school, he worked at the meat packing plant, but got a part-time job servicing the airless equipment at Sherwin Williams in Hereford.
He was soon hired on full-time which allowed him to leave the meat packing plant and begin his 37-year career. Sherwin Williams took him to Lubbock, Big Spring, Odessa, and finally Amarillo. He worked in the retail side of the business for 30 years and then in 2014, he became a sales rep for the Protective & Marine division, traveling throughout the Panhandle, South Plains, and Western New Mexico. While Kevin has many colleagues, Troy Meyers, Ken Whaley, David Gross, and Kyle Taylor were a big part of his time with the company and created great friendships that he often spoke about. His family and friends always took advantage of his knowledge of the color palette, whether it be matching paint to a particular china color or offering Stacy advice on her quilting color choices. He was the family Pantone.
His grandkids brought great joy to Kevin, and Jaxon, Miles, and Lynnix loved their Grandpa. He introduced the boys to his extensive Hot Wheels collection and loved how quickly they took to it. He was the king of grandkid selfies and enjoyed showing them to others. If Kevin was the king of selfies, then Jaxon is the prince. After having two grandsons, he told Jeremy and Leanne that a girl Hamby could never be done (he had two sons after all.) Lynnix, his only granddaughter, is named after him.
Kevin once said that if he had it all to do over again, he would become a professional chef, maybe even in retirement. He loved to cook and rarely ever used a recipe. He was a master of the human pallet and cooked with a little bit of this and a little bit of that. He understood the science of food and the flavor of spices and could create a fantastic meal every time. He was also a grill master, but it was his pulled pork that was everyone’s favorite.
Christmas was Kevin’s holiday, and he decorated not for himself, but for the enjoyment of others. He had a massive Santa Claus collection and Stacy and he decorated the interior of the house every year with them. He loved spreading Christmas joy to others and his outdoor light display grew every year.
Kevin’s happy place was at the lake. He loved trout fishing. He grew up fishing alongside his Dad at Lake Isabel in Colorado. He never tired of fishing and found new lakes to explore. He enjoyed fishing around Stonewall and South Fork, Colorado, but his favorite getaway was fishing around South Fork and staying at Monica Pemberton’s cabin. He was also a competitive fisher, no matter who he was fishing with. It was important to know who caught the first fish, who caught the biggest fish, and who caught a fish on their first cast. Stacy referred to him as the fish whisperer, something he never denied. He loved to introduce other people to fishing and was a great teacher. Once, while teaching someone to fish, they became frustrated and wanted to quit. “Nobody quits when I’m at the lake” was his only response and he continued to help them learn throughout the remainder of the trip and they are now avid fishermen (and fisherwomen).
Kevin had a conceptual eye. If he could envision it, he could build it. He loved woodworking and made many gifts for others. He was happy to see Hunter enjoy his woodworking projects in High School, telling him it was a skill that would last him a lifetime.
Kevin was also Mr. Fixit. If he didn’t know how to fix it, he would figure it out. He taught his boys “Simple Math”, ensuring they understood the importance of math. He taught them to break difficult figures down and to do the simple math. They both carry this skill with them to this day.
Many family and friends were victims of Kevin’s signature scare tactic which involved sneaking up on them and emitting a short screech. He was also known for his desire of more bass, often times adjusting someone else’s music to involve more bass. It was also an important component of any new vehicle he bought.
Kevin was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Hamby; his mother and father-in-law, Janet and Raymond Schroeder; his grandparents, JM and Clarice Hamby; and his great-grandmother-in-law, Vida Lyles.
Survivors include his wife, Stacy Hamby; his two sons, Jeremy Hamby and wife Leanne, grandsons Jaxon and Miles and granddaughter Lynnix of Ft. Worth, and Hunter Hamby and wife Darcy of Canyon; his father, Gerald Hamby of Amarillo; his sister, Susan Richardson and husband Mike of Amarillo; brother, Scott Hamby of Amarillo; and many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank Dr. Zorsky and nurse Tonya of the Harrington Cancer Center and the nurses of the 8th floor and transfusion room of BSA Hospital for their great care and concern. The family suggests memorials may be made to Be the Match (bethematchfoundation.org) or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (donate.lls.org).
The family will receive friends from 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M., Thursday, May 27, 2021, at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home.