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Frank Carlock ~ (abt. 1875 - 1930)
Submitted By:  "Lucy Stewart" 

This article concerns the murder of  J. Frank Carlock - h/o Susan Louisa Hembree who was the d/o Joel Thomas Hembree and Sarah Marcum.


The following newspaper article was transcribed by Susan Cearlock Tilleman ( from a copy e-mailed to her by Lynda West Hahn ( The copy was apparently printed from microfilm, with some spellings difficult to decipher.

Source: "The Lockwood Luminary," Lockwood, Dade Co., MO, Oct. 10, 1930.

"Everton Man Killed

Frank Carlock, for years a prominant business man at Everton, Mo., was shot and killed by William 'Billy' Schmulbach, veteran merchant policeman of Picher, Okla., as Carlock stepped out of his drug store at Picher, Saturday morning.

Mr. Carlock for several years had been in business at Picher after selling out his interests at Everton, but his family still lives in the Dade county town, and he is widely known there.

No motive for the shooting at Pitcher [sic] was apparent. Spectators said no quarrel preceded it. Schmulcach [sic], who fired the fatal shot, has been tried twice for murder in Ottawa County, Okla., and was acquitted both times.

Mr. Carlock was about 50 years old. He was born and reared in the neighborhood of Everton and brought up his children there. His wife and mother, Mrs. Frances Carlock, live in Everton now.

He is survived by four children, Mrs. Frances Adamson, of Everton; Mrs. Marjorie Adamson, of Miller; Tarrant Carlock whose home is in Everton but who now is believed to be working upon a construction project near Lebanon, and a younger son, Frank, Jr., who is in school at Marshall, Mo. A brother, Henry Carlock, also lives in Everton."


Thomas Hembree 1924 - 1941
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Thomas Hembree ~ 1924 - 1941


Thomas Hembree was born 1924 in Kennewick, Benton County, Washington, USA. He died December 7, 1941 in Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA


United States Navy Seaman Apprentice. Killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 7, 1941. Two days later, Hembree, of Kennewick, Wash., a 17-year-old crewman on the seaplane tender USS Curtis, was buried as an unknown in the civilian Nuuanu Cemetery in Honolulu. He and another sailor were exhumed in 1947 for identification but Hembree's remains were returned to his grave still unidentified. His remains were transferred to National Memorial in 1949. He was disinterred again in January 2001, and specialists at the Army's Central Identification Laboratory-Hawaii used dental records and a skeletal analysis of his remains to identify him. He was reburied with full military honors on March 5. 2001.


Burial:  National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific 

Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA


Submitted By: "Sandy Hembree"

This is my grandfather. My grandfather died on September 7, 1955, Oswalt, Love County, Oklahoma. Buried at Simon Cemetery, Love County, Oklahoma. If anyone has any additional info on him or his family please contact me.

James Edward Hembree ~ 1877 - 1955


Oswalt man to be Buried Saturday.

Funeral services for James Edward Hembree will be held Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock with the Rev. W.S. Lindsay of Ardmore officiating. He will be assisted by Rev. Rose Zella Criner of the Marietta Assembly of God Church. The place of the service had not been decided upon Thursday afternoon.

Mr. Hembree died Wednesday night at his home at Oswalt following a lengthy illness.

He was born June 16, 1877 in Mississippi and on June 16, 1905 he was married to Miss Willie White. They were the parents of 11 children, 10 whom survive.

Mr. Hembree had lived in the Oswalt community for many years and was a well known Love County Farmer.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Willie Hembree of the home; four daughters, Mrs. Mary Phillips of Santa Paula Calif.  Mrs. Vida Jackson of Oswalt, Mrs. Hettie Nelson of Popular, Calif.  and Mrs. Laura Grubbs of Ft. Worth ; six sons Lonnie, William, George, James l, J.W., and Odie Hembree of Oswalt, and one brother Wright Hembree of McCory, Arkansas, 17 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, and 3 nieces.

Goodrich Funeral home is in charge of arrangements and the following have been asked to serve as Pall Bearers; Charlie and Ocie Tucker, Byrd Johnson, Edgar Wilson, Elvin and J.M. Jackson.




Note: Isaac passed away 21 April 1956 at the age of 89 years, 2 months and 16 days. 

ISAAC McDANIEL HEMBREE, son of BENJAMIN FRANKLIN HEMBREE (b. 1 May 1842; d. 15 June 1932) and JULIANN (PINKLEY) HEMBREE (b. 27 November 1841- d. 4 March 1925), was born 5 February 1867 (Isaac was born on the day his grandfather, JOHN HEMBREE, died). He was born in Dallas County, Missouri and was married to ADA SHARP in 1889. To this union three children were born: one died in infancy (Ada died soon afterwards). The survivors are: MYRTLE (HEMBREE) LEMONS of Los Angeles, California and BENJAMIN ROBERT HEMBREE of Springfield, Missouri. After Ada's death, he was married in 1894 to OVANDA WEEKS (my grandmother), who died in 1930. The children surviving from this marriage are: INEZ MAYE (HEMBREE) SHARP - BLAIR, IDA McKINLEY (HEMBREE) ALLMAN (my mother), both of Buffalo, Missouri; IDYLE MARIE (HEMBREE) BETHEL, ROY ALBERT HEMBREE, INA MAUDE (HEMBREE) ALDERSON,  JAMES CHESTER HEMBREE, all of California; JULIANN (HEMBREE) BLACKWELL of Seminole, Oklahoma.

   In 1932 he was married to ANN (HOOVER) HOWERTON who still survives. He leaves the above named and one sister, NANCY (HEMBREE) WEEKS of Conway, Missouri; one brother, HENRY HEMBREE of Commerce, Oklahoma; 22 grandchildren, 36 great grandchildren, and 4 great, great grandchildren and 4 stepchildren.

   In 1940 he joined the Baptist Church in Conway and remained in that church. He said he was ready to go any time the Lord called him that he was at peace with God. He bore his long suffering with patience. He spent his entire life in Dallas County where he worked hard and helped rear his family.

   Funeral services were held in the Baptist Church. Interment was in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, southern Dallas County, under the direction of the Montgomery Funeral Home of Buffalo.


Obit courtesy of Tess Kurtz (Isaac McDaniel Hembree was her grandfather)


Lillie Mai (Spears) Hembree 1895-1970


Source: “The Stewart-Houston Times” Newspaper, a weekly newspaper of Stewart County and Houston County in Tennessee

Date of Newspaper: Wednesday, March 25, 1970
Page: Front Page

Name: Lillie Mai (Spears) Hembree
Age: 74
Born: August 4, 1895 in Stewart County, TN.
Died: Exact Date of Death not listed, died at Clarksville Memorial Hospital in Montgomery County, TN.
Funeral: March 21, 1970 with Milligan Funeral Home in Stewart County, TN.

Burial: Needmore Cemetery
Parents: James W. Spears and Minnie Grizzard
Surviving Spouse: None Listed
Surviving Children: Everett Hembree, Henry Hembree, Raymond Hembree, Walter Hembree, Mrs. Fannie Richardson, Mrs. Frances Bennett, Mrs. Sarah Elrod, Mrs. Bessie Durham, Mrs. Juanita Allen

Surviving Siblings: Grover Spears, O.K. Spears, Cecil Spears, Mrs. Ruby Pulley, Mrs. Lizzie Turner, Mrs. Polly Holcomb, Mrs. Gertrude Marshall

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Submitted By:  "Sandy Hembree"

This is my father. My father died November 21, 1978, Marietta, Love county, Oklahoma. If anyone has any info on him or his family please contact me.

J.W. Hembree ~ 1928-1978


Funeral services for J.W. Hembree


Services for J.W. Hembree were held Friday, November 24, at 2:00 pm in the First Baptist Church in Marietta with the Rev. W.P. Powland as the officiating minister.

Mr. Hembree died November 21, following a brief illness. He was born May 19, 1928 at Oswalt and had lived his entire life in Love County where he had worked as a carpenter. On December 3, 1949, he was married to Mary Cavins in Gainesville, Texas.

He is survived by his wife Mrs. Mary Hembree of the home in Marietta; two sons, Randall Hembree of Marietta and Kelly Hembree of the home; three daughters, Sue Warthen of Marietta, Patsy Payne of Mannsville, La. and Sandy Hembree of the home; four brothers, George (Mutt) Hembree, Les Hembree and Odie Hembree, all of Overbrook, and Jim Hembree of Oologah; four sisters, Mary Phillips of Santa Paula, Calif. Netty Nelson of Fillmore, Calif. Laura (Polly) Grubbs of Ft. Worth, and Vida Jackson of Ardmore and four grandchildren.

Interment in the Simon Cemetery was under the direction of the Goodrick Anderson Funeral Home. Serving as casket bearers were J.M Jackson, Charles Harris, Leighton Flannagan, Harvey Stewart, Edgar Wilson and Olen Vernon.


Submitted by:  Jane Hembree {This is my Father}

Published in the pages of The Berea Citizen, Berea, Kentucky  February 15, 1979

Ewell Hembree ~ 1932-1979

Ewell Hembree, 46, died at his residence on Route 1 in Berea, Monday, Feb. 12, 1979 following a heart attack. A resident of Madison County, he was an insulation contractor and a member of the Middletown Baptist Church. He also belonged to the Mason Lodge 617 and had served in the U.S. Air Force.
Masonic services were held Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the  Dula and Scudder Funeral Home.
Survivors include his wife, Sarah "Adair" Hembree; three sons, Ewell Edward Hembree, Corwin Scott Hembree, and David Michael Hembree, all on Rt. 1, Berea; and three daughters, Mary Ellen "Hembree" Estes, Birmingham, Alabama, Olevia Jane Hembree and Teresa Dawn Hembree, both of Berea.
He was also survived by five brothers, Joe Willis Hembree, Franklin, Ohio; William Howard Hembree, West Liberty, Kentucky; Edward L. Hembree, Charles and Israel Mason Hembree all of Berea, Kentucky; and by a sister Malinda Jane "Hembree" Alexander also of Berea, Kentucky. He had two grand children at the time of his death and a grand daughter born the night he died.
Services were conducted at the Middletown Baptist Church at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14 by the Rev. Denton Sears and the Rev. David Cook. Burial followed in the Pilot Knob Cemetery. The Dula and Scudder Funeral Home were in charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers were Albert Evans, Paul Coomer, Howard Woodson, Reuben Kinder, Bill Spradling and Warre Walcott.


Submitted by:  Jane Hembree  {Vernon was my Great Uncle}


Robert Vernon Hembree ~ 1919-1992


     Vernon died at the age of 73. He was a native of Berea, KY.  He passed away early Wednesday morning May 13, 1992 at the Lee County Community Hospital in Pennington Gap, Virginia. He had lived in the Atlanta, Georgia area for about 20 years.  Before moving to Lee County approximately 10 years ago.  As a young man, he was a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps and was also a member of the U.S. Navy Seabees.  He was a retired truck driver having worked for an Automobile Transport Commercial Carrier.  He was a member of the Macedonia Baptist Church of Berea, KY. and was a member of the International Brotherhood of Teamster Local 528, Atlanta, Georgia.



In Memory of Mr. Robert Vernon Hembree,

Born: July 7, 1919, passed away May 13, 1992.

Funeral Services: 8:00 PM Friday, May 15, 1992 at Carty Funeral Home Chapel.

Officiating Clergy: Rev. Claude Ray.

Committal Services and Interment: 2:30 PM Saturday, May 16, 1992 at Silver Creek Cemetery, Berea, Kentucky. Rev. Roy Himes, officiating.

Funeral Arrangements Cared for by Carty Funeral Home, Rose Hill, Virginia.


Submitted by:  Jane Hembree {This is my Mother} Died: October 29, 1992

Published in the pages of The Berea Citizen, Berea, Kentucky.

 Sarah "Sadie" Hembree ~ 1934-1992

       Sarah "Sadie" (Adair) Hembree, 58, of Menelaus Road in Berea, died this morning at the Berea Hospital. She was a native of Scotland, and a resident of Berea for most of her life. She was cafeteria manager at the Bluegrass Army Depot Lexington Activity and a member of the Middletown Baptist Church. She was the daughter of the late James Adair (Scotland) and the widow of the late Ewell Hembree (Berea, Kentucky).
She is survived by her mother, Nellie Jess Gibb of England; three sons, Ewell Hembree and Mike Hembree of Berea, Ky.; Scott Hembree of Richmond, Ky.; three daughters, Jane Hembree of Berea, KY., Dawn Hembree-Brown of Paint Lick, Ky. And Mary "Hembree" Estes of Huntsville, Alabama; three brothers, Angus Adair, James Adair, and Andy Adair all of England; two sisters, Helen Adair, Wisconsin and Moira Adair of England; 11 grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Reppert Funeral Home with the Rev. Earl Van Winkle and the Rev. Denton Sears officiating. Burial will follow in the Pilot Knob Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 5 - 9  p.m. at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will include Kenny Hembree, J.T. Hembree, Ricky Hembree, Marty Hembree, Bruce Hembree, and Carl Alexander. Honorary pallbearers will include Kenny Pickle and Randy Gottschalk.
Expressions of sympathy may take to form of contributions to Hospice of Kentucky River.


Dante Issom Hembree ~ 1998-1998

Here are two obits for the same person, but the date of funeral service differs

HEMBREE, DANTE ISSOM - who was born on Saturday, September 5, 1998 passed away that same day.  He was the son of AMELIA DAY and EGBERT HEMBREE and the grandson of ERMA and DEWAYNE DAY of Hunstville and DEAN and BARBRA HEMBREE of Smokey Junction.  Great-grandparents included the late WILLARD and ESSIE GOODMAN of Huntsville, the late WILLIAM and ANNIE MAE DAY of Winona, WILLIAM and CLARA HEMBREE and MILDRED LOWE and the late SHERWOOD LOWE of Smokey Junction.  Aunts and uncles include DEWAYNE DAY, Jr., and wife MARTHA of Robbins, HENRY DAY of Huntsville, STEPHANIE and JOSH CRABTREE of Hunstville, and SHERWOOD HEMBREE of Smokey.  Funeral services were held on Monday, September 7, 1998, at 11 a.m. at Straight Fork Baptist Church with Rev. STEVE HATFIELD and TONY ZACHARY officiating.  The Mason Family sang.   Burial was in the Smokey Creek Cemetery. 

(Source:  Scott County News, Vol. 81, No. 43, Thu, 10 Sep 1998, p10)

HEMBREE, DANTE ISSOM - Infant DANTE ISSOM HEMBREE, son of EGBERT HEMBREE and AMELIA DAY, died September 5, 1998. Born September 5, 1998, he was preceded in death by grandparents: SHERWOOD LOWE, WILLARD and ESSIE GOODMAN, and WILLIAM and ANNIE MAE DAY. He is survived by his parents, EGBERT HEMBREE and AMELIA DAY; grandparents: DEAN and BARBARA HEMBREE of Smokey, and DEWAYNE and ERMA DAY of Huntsville; great-grandparents: WILLIAM and CLARA HEMBREE, and MILDRED LOWE of Smokey; aunts and uncles: SHERWOOD HEMBREE of Smokey, JOSH and STEPHANIE CRABTREE of Huntsville, DEWAYNE Jr. and MARTHA DAY of Robbins, and HENRY DAY of Huntsville. Funeral service was conducted September 6, 1998, at Straight Fork Baptist Church with Rev. STEVE HATFIELD and Rev. TONY ZACHARY officiating. Music was provided by The Mason Family. Interment followed in Smokey Creek Cemetery.

(Source: Independent Herald, Vol. 23, No. 17, Thu, 17 September 1998, p16)


Lois Jane (Hester) Hembree ~ 1933-1998

Kellytown Baptist member

   Lois Jane Hester Hembree, 65, of Oliver Springs, died Wednesday, Dec. 16, 1998, at the University of Tennessee Medical Center at Knoxville.
   Mrs. Hembree had lived in Roane County all her life and was a member of Kellytown Baptist Church of Oliver Springs.
   She enjoyed embroidering and was an active bowler before her health declined.
   She was born in Kingston on Nov. 2, 1933. She was the widow of Herbert Hembree.
   Mrs. Hembree is survived by her father, Elmer Hester of Harriman; her daughter, Brenda Lewis and her husband, Mike, of Maryville; two sons, David Hester and his wife, Lois, of Harriman, and Ben Hembree of Knoxville; and her granddaughter, Melissa Beeler and her husband, Brian, of Maryville.
   She is also survived by her sister, Imogene McCollough and her husband, Bob, of Harriman; and two brothers, Carl Hester and his wife, Cathy, and Bill Hester and his wife, Dorcas, all of Harriman.
   In addition to her husband, her mother, Mary Helen Campbell Hester, and another sister, Bonnie Morgan, died earlier.
   The funeral will be held at 8 tonight, Dec. 17, in the chapel of Sharp Funeral Home in Oliver Springs with the Rev. Tommy Hensley officiating.
   A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 18, at the Hester Family Cemetery in Sugar Grove Valley.
   The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 tonight at the funeral home.

Obit courtesy of The Oak Ridger, PO Box 3446, 785 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, Tennessee  37830

Phone:  865-482-1021                     Fax:  865-220-5460              website:


Howell James Hembree (abt. 1918 - 1999)

Retired city employee

Howell James Hembree, 81, of Oak Ridge, died Thursday, Feb. 25, 1999, at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville.

Mr. Hembree retired from the city of Oak Ridge in 1979.

He served a short time with the U.S. Army during World War II before receiving a medical discharge.

Mr. Hembree was a member of Tuckaleechee Primitive Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Dorothy Sullivan Hembree; his daughter, Barbara Shuler and her husband, Lynn, of Oak Ridge; his grandson, Travis Shuler, also of Oak Ridge; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Thannah Hembree and Edna Trentham, both of Townsend, Paul Hembree of Walland, Lucy and Ray Huskey of Maryville, and Ruth Hembree of Kingston; and by several nieces and nephews.

The funeral was held Sunday night, Feb. 28, in the chapel of Memorial Funeral Home in Maryville with the Rev. Kenneth Sullivan officiating.

Family and friends were to meet at 1 this afternoon, March 1, at Oak Ridge Memorial Park for a graveside service.

Obit courtesy of The Oak Ridger, PO Box 3446, 785 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, Tennessee  37830

Phone:  865-482-1021                     Fax:  865-220-5460              website:


Wylie Casto Jr. HEMBREE (1911 – 2001)

Age 89
Born: August 29, 1911
Died: March 2, 2001
Services 10 A.M. Tuesday, March 6, 2001.

Wylie was born in Nashville August 29, 1911 and died at Vanderbilt University Hospital Friday, March 2, 2001 after Cardiac Arrest. Following graduation from Central high School, he married Mary Lucy Cowley, lived in San Antonio, TX for ten yrs., returning to Nashville for the remainder of his life in 1943. He was widowed in 1989 after 56 yrs. of marriage. An accountant, he served as Treasurer of Hoover Motor Express, Capital International Airways and McKendree Methodist Church. A role model gentleman and devoted family member. He is survived by his son, Dr. Wylie Hembree III; daughter-in-law, Christina Gruning Hembree; grandson, Marc William Hembree, all of New Jersey; granddaughter, Amanda Cowley Hembree of New York City; sister, Katie Mae Johnson of Jasper, TX; brother, Paul Hembree of Brentwood, TN. Services to celebrate his life will be held at Marshall-Donnelly-Combs Funeral Home 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 6th with Rev. Skip Armistead officiating. Interment to follow at Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers: Paul Hembree, Marc Hembree, Paul Ricks, Clement Greek III, William Sudekum, Bob Rucker. Honorary Pallbearers: Pettit Sunday School Class of McKendree United Methodist Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Nashville Opera. Visitation with family will be held Monday, March 5th from 4-8 p.m. at MARSHALL-DONNELLY-COMBS, (615) 327-1111.

Billy Ray Hembree ~ 1939 - 2001
Age 67
Died: February 4, 2001
Woodlawn, TN
Services 11 A.M. Tuesday, February 6, 2001. McREYNOLDS-NAVE & LARSON, 931-647-3371.


Wylie Casto Hembree ~ 1911 - 2001

Age 89
Services 10 A.M. Tuesday, March 6, 2001.

Wylie Casto Hembree was born in Nashville August 29, 1911 and died at Vanderbilt University Hospital Friday, March 2, 2001 after Cardiac Arrest. Following graduation from Central high School, he married Mary Lucy Cowley, lived in San Antonio, TX for ten yrs., returning to Nashville for the remainder of his life in 1943. He was widowed in 1989 after 56 yrs. of marriage. An accountant, he served as Treasurer of Hoover Motor Express, Capital International Airways and McKendree Methodist Church. A role model gentleman and devoted family member. He is survived by his son, Dr. Wylie Hembree III; daughter-in-law, Christina Gruning Hembree; grandson, Marc William Hembree, all of New Jersey; granddaughter, Amanda Cowley Hembree of New York City; sister, Katie Mae Johnson of Jasper, TX; brother, Paul Hembree of Brentwood, TN. Services to celebrate his life will be held at Marshall-Donnelly-Combs Funeral Home 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 6th with Rev. Skip Armistead officiating. Interment to follow at Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers: Paul Hembree, Marc Hembree, Paul Ricks, Clement Greek III, William Sudekum, Bob Rucker. Honorary Pallbearers: Pettit Sunday School Class of McKendree United Methodist Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Nashville Opera. Visitation with family will be held Monday, March 5th from 4-8 p.m. at MARSHALL-DONNELLY-COMBS, (615) 327-1111


Randy Lee Hembree ~ abt. 1958-2001


Randy Lee Hembree, 43, of 136 Kesler Road died Monday, April 16, 2001. A native of Clarke County, Mr. Hembree was a son of Betty Jo Hopkins Smith, Nicholson, and Tommy Cowart, Winterville. He was the owner of Hembree Grading Company. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Little-Ward Funeral Home with the Rev. Howard Rhodes officiating. Burial will be in Porterfield Family Cemetery. Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his wife, Susan Jackson Hembree; a daughter, Kimberly Hembree, Nicholson; a son, Joseph Lee Hembree, Nicholson; two brothers, Marty Hembree and Johnny Smith, both of Nicholson; and a number of half sisters and brothers. The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.  

Athens Daily News, Tuesday, April 17, 2001 ~ Athens, Georgia


Shirley Ann Hembree ~ 1943-2002 
Future Research project manager

Shirley Ann Hembree, 59, of Oliver Springs, died Monday, Feb. 25, 2002, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.

She was born Feb. 1, 1943, in Roane County and had been a lifelong resident of this area.

Mrs. Hembree was a project manager for Future Research Corp. of Oak Ridge.

She attended Dyllis Baptist Church.

Mrs. Hembree is survived by her husband of 41 years, Jack Hembree; three sisters, Linda Rose and her husband, Bill, of Oliver Springs, and Brenda Duncan and her husband, Jim, and Donna Arakawa and her husband, Dave, all of Harriman; a sister-in-law she considered special, Alice Thacker of Oliver Springs; her nieces and nephews, Tracy Broyles, Dusty Duncan, Jason Duncan, Bryan Arakawa, Jeanenne Thacker, Ginger White, Tim Dayton, Allen Dayton, Mike Johnson and Clancy Johnson; and several grandnieces and grandnephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Paris L. and Ruby Henley Hatmaker.

The funeral will be held at 8 tonight, Feb. 26, in the chapel of Sharp Funeral Home in Oliver Springs with the Rev. Waylon Payne officiating.

A graveside service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at Dyllis Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 tonight at the funeral home.

Obit courtesy of The Oak Ridger, PO Box 3446, 785 Oak Ridge Turnpike,

Oak Ridge, Tennessee  37830

Phone:  865-482-1021                     Fax:  865-220-5460              website:


Mary Hembree ~ 1903-2002
HEMBREE MARY. Born 2-17-1903 in Arkansas. Passed away March 13, 2002 in Garland, TX. Survived by daughter, Theda Lawler; daughter-in-law, Sue Hembree, grandson; Gary Hamrick; 2 great-grand daughters; and 6 great-great grandchildren. Visitation will be Friday, 3-15-02, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Graveside service will be Saturday, 3-16-02 at 2:00 p.m. Grove Hill Funeral Home & Flower Shop 3920 Samuell Blvd. @ Ferguson Road Dallas (214) 388-8887

Obituaries, Notices  -  The Dallas Morning News  -  03/15/2002


George Hunt Hembree ~ 1930-2002


Wilmington, Del
October 11, 2002
George Hunt Hembree, of Wilmington, Del., died at home on Oct. 11, 2002, following a brief illness. Mr. Hembree, a native of Richmond, was born on Sept. 2, 1930. He was the son of the late George Nelson Hembree and Grace Hembree Orttenburger.
His wife, Betty Williams Hembree, died in 1990. He is survived by his children, George H. Hembree Jr., of Anchorage, Alaska, Elizabeth Hembree Blumberg, Wilmington, Del., Susan G. Sanborn, of Rumson, N.J.; and nine grandchildren, Thomas and Andrew Hembree, Jessica, Benjamin and Jonathan Blumberg, Rachael, Raymond Rebecca and Jacob Sanborn.
Mr. Hembree, a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, acquired his doctorate in chemistry from Ohio State University. Mr. Hembree was a research chemist and laboratory director with the DuPont Company. He retired in 1987. Graveside services will be conducted 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15 at the Richmond Cemetery with Dr. James Cox officiating.
Turpin Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. There will be no visitation.
Pallbearers will be Samuel Blumberg, Ron Sanborn, Raymond Sanborn, Thomas Hembree, Andrew Hembree and Robert Williams.
The family requests that memorials be made to Delaware Hospice, 3515 Silverside Road, Wilmington, DE 19810.


Notice entered Monday, October 14, 2002.


Submitted by:  Jane Hembree

{Rosie was my great Aunt by marriage. She married Walter Glenville Hembree. Walter was the son of J.C. (Joe Cephas) Hembree and Matilda Bays, and the grandson of Ezekiel Hembree and Francis Owens.}


Rosie May (Coffey) Hembree ~ 1920-2003


Germantown, Ohio
January 4, 2003
Mrs. Rosie May Hembree, 82, of Carlisle Pike in Germantown, Ohio, passed away Saturday morning, Jan. 4, 2003, at Southview Medical Center.
She was born in Tulsa, Okla., Aug. 11, 1920, the daughter of Thomas and Mary (McGuire) Coffey. She was a member of the Cornerstone Baptist Church of Miamisburg. Her greatest love was her home and family.
She is survived by four daughters, Leota (Curt) Hicks of Carrie, Doris Cox of Franklin, Ohio, Mary Davidson of Mt. Vernon and Lois (Dan) Kammer of Middletown, Ohio; three sons, Kenneth (Donna) Hembree of Germantown, Joe (Bonnie) Hembree of Germantown and James (Pat) Hembree of Carlisle, Ohio; 27 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; a brother, Luther Coffey of Berea; and a daughter-in-law, Joan of Berea.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter, in 1993; and by a son, Glendel, in 1999.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2003, in the Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home in Middletown with the Rev. Chris Tannreuther and the Rev. Dale Hicks officiating.
Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6, 2003, at the funeral home.
Burial will follow in Butler County Memorial Park in Trenton, Ohio.


Notice entered Saturday, January 04, 2003.


Submitted by:  Jane Hembree  

Viola was my great Aunt. She was the daughter of J.C. (Joe Cephas) Hembree and Matilda Bays, and the granddaughter of Ezekiel Hembree and Francis Owens.

January 10, 2003 Friday Middletown Journal, Middletown, Ohio.

Viola (Hembree) Malicote Kirk, 1914-2003

Mrs. Viola (Hembree) Malicote Kirk, 88, a resident of Lebanon, Ohio for 62 years, died Thursday, Jan. 9, 2003, at Lebanon Country Manor Nursing Home.

Viola was born in Knox County, Ky., on April 27, 1914, to Joe and Matilda (Bays) Hembree and became a dedicated homemaker and mother. She was also a charter member of the Urbancrest Baptist Church in Lebanon.

Viola was preceded in death by her first husband Bige Malicote; her second husband, William R. Kirk; five brothers, Edward, Walter, Joe, Paul and Vernon Hembree; and two grandchildren.

Survivors include three sons, William Malicote of Hillsboro, and Don Malicote and Robert Malicote, both of Lebanon; a daughter, Barbara Greene of Lebanon; a stepson, Richard Kirk of Hillsboro; a stepdaughter, Billie Sue Goble of Hillsboro; two brothers, Ward Hembree of Trenton and J. B. Hembree of Germantown; 16 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

ARRANGEMENTS:  Visitation will be Sunday, Jan. 12, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Oswald-Hoskins Funeral Home in Lebanon. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, at the Urbancrest Baptist Church in Lebanon. The Revs. Jack Little and Tom Pendergrass will officiate. Interment will follow in Springboro Cemetery.

MEMORIALS:  Memorial contributions are requested to the Urbancrest Baptist Church, 801 Drake Road, Lebanon, Ohio 45036.


Submitted by:  Leona Bennett

From The Knoxville News Sentinel 30 Jan 2003


 HEMBREE, JOSEPHINE SEXTON - passed away Sunday, January 26, 2003, after an extended illness. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Marion Hembree, and son, Thomas Dewey Hembree; parents, Ernie Goodman Sexton and Riley Sexton; sisters, Ida Hamby, Nora Acres, Flonnie Webb, and Flora Sexton; brothers, Gilbert Sexton, Albert Sexton, and Lonnie Sexton. She was third born of thirteen children in Cortland, Tennessee, on January 16, 1910.  She moved to Norris with her family in 1944, when her husband was transferred there by the TVA. She was well known for her independent nature,  devotion to her family, sewing, and working in her yard whenever weather permitted. Survivors: daughters, Marion Jo Hembree Markham of Loganville, Ga., and Vina Isabelle Hembree McIntosh of Tucker, Ga.; daughter-in- law, Esther McClung Hembree of Tracy City, Tenn.; son-in- law, William Jerome McIntosh of Tucker, Ga.; granddaughters, Robyn Denise Markham Weiss of Tyler, Texas, Kimberly Michelle Markham Smith of Grayson, Ga., Jody Ellen Hembree Wallace of Franklin, Tenn., and Carrie Elizabeth Hembree of Stevens Point, Wis.; grandsons, Matthew Robert Hembree of Fort Worth, Texas, William Judson McIntosh of Norcross, Ga., and Thomas Andrew McIntosh of Tucker, Ga.;  great-grandchildren, Harley Weiss, Mitchell Warren Weiss, Savannah Smith, Joseph Smith, Chandler Smith, and Mae Louise Smith; sisters, Ollie Daniels, Laurie Webb, and Hazel Vineratos of St. Petersburg, Fla., Willie Young of Okeechobee, Fla., and Earnie Mae Heller of Lecanto, Fla. The family will be receiving friends at Hatmaker Funeral Home in Lake City, Tenn., on  Saturday, February 1, 2003, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The graveside service will be held at Huntsville Cemetery in Scott County, Tenn., on Sunday, February 2, 2003, at 1:00 p.m. with Dr. Phil Hamlin officiating. Hatmaker Funeral Home, in charge of arrangements.


Submitted by:  Dale Standifer 
Eldon was my First Cousin.

Eldon Eugene Hembree, 1939-2003    

Eldon Eugene Hembree, 63, passed away Feb. 1, 2003 at his home in OKC from a heart attack. He was a carpenter by trade and has worked for Robert Brown Construction and Manning Construction companies most of the last years of his life. He was born Nov. 11, 1939 at Farris, OK to Harmon and Hazel (Shatswell) Hembree. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son Ricky Gerald Hembree in Sept 1993, and his former wife Vonda who he will be resting beside in death, since he never got over her. Survivors include one son, Stanton L. of Warr Acres; one grandson, Stanton Tyler; two brothers, Elvin Leon of Del City, and Harmon Hembree, Jr. and wife Sinda of OKC; many nephews, nieces, and lots of friends. Services will be at 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2003 at Baggerley-South Funeral Home Chapel with interment to follow in Sunset Memorial Park, Norman, OK. Baggerley South 5708 S. Western, OKC. (Published in the Oklahoman on 2/4/2003).


Submitted by: "Joyce G. Reece" <>

           Lennie was the last surviving child of Charles Abraham Hembree and Emma Perelee Lovinggood.  She was a resident of Monroe County, Tennessee for the majority of her life. She married Walter Phillips and has four children.  She was 85 years of age.
She was our great aunt

Lena Bell (Hembree) Phillips ~ 1918-2003

          Lena Bell "Hembree" Phillips of Tellico Plains, passed away at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, February 15, 2003 at Woods Memorial Hospital. (Etowah, McMinn County, Tennessee).  She was a member of Unicoi Baptist Church. She was 85.
           Preceded in death by: husband, Walter L. Phillips.  Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Sue and Otis Clapp of Knoxville. Sons and daughters-in-law, Ray and Katherine Phillips, Arlin and Ann Phillips and Lynn and Treda Phillips, all of Tellico Plains.
           Grandchildren and spouses, Robyn and Don Scarlett of Fort Knox, KY, Cheri Barker of Knoxville, Shelia and Steve Boyd of Athens, Sharon Bivens, Karin and J.R. Gay and Randy and Lisa Phillips all of Tellico Plains.  Dristie and Josh Loflin of Maryville, Dan Radcliff of Oak Ridge and Tracy Moore of Knoxville.  Nine great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.  Funeral services were 8 p.m., Monday in Biereley Hale Chapel with the Rev. Mike Prock officiating. Interment was 11 a.m. Tuesday, in Unicoi Cemetery. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, of Tellico Plains, in charge of arrangements.


Leon Earl Hembree ~ 1924-2003

Leon Earl Hembree, 78, longtime Oak View resident and recently of Albuquerque, N.M., died Monday, March 31, 2003, after a lengthy illness.
He was born Sept. 20, 1924 in Farris, Okla., and had been a Ventura County resident since the age of 9, living in Ventura for several years and then in Oak View.
Mr. Hembree was a general contractor, owner of Hembree Construction, for more than 40 years, building and remodeling many homes throughout Ventura County, including the Ventura Baptist Church where he was a member for many years.
He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Lois, of Albuquerque, N.M.; daughter Patsy Tatlock of Greenacres, Wa.; stepdaughter and son-in-law Sue and Dick Sutton of Angel Fire, N.M.; stepdaughter Dale O'Donnell of Paradise, Calif.; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Brenda Murphy, of Houston, Texas.
Mr. Hembree was a member of Ventura Missionary Church until moving to Albuquerque.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice In-Patient Unit, 8300 Constitution N.E., Albuquerque, N.M. 87110.


Randolph J. Hembree  ~ abt. 1931 - 2003

Randolph J. Hembree

   Randolph James Hembree, 72, of 9740 Highway 334, died Tuesday, April 15, 2003.
   A native of Jackson County, Mr. Hembree was a son of the late James Thomas and Mary Ruth Wilson Hembree. He was of the Baptist faith. He was preceded in death by a son, Aaron Hembree.
   Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Ralph Arnold officiating. Burial will be in New Harmony Baptist Church cemetery.
   Survivors include his wife, Barbara M. Hembree; a daughter, Mary Dudley, Winterville; four sons, Audrey Hembree and John Hembree, both of Nicholson, Jim Cecil Hembree, Hull, and Fabian Hembree, Athens; four sisters, Betty Brown and Jean Scoggins, both of Commerce; Mary Pugh, Loganville, and Louvie Threlkel, Murrells Inlets, S.C.; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
   The family is at the residence and will receive friends from 6-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Athens Banner-Herald, Thursday, April 17, 2003 ~ Athens, Georgia


Carey Hembree ~ abt. 1923 - 2003

   John Carey Hembree, 80, of 253 Nancy Drive, died Saturday, May 24, 2003.
   A native of Hart County, Mr. Hembree was a son of the late Columbus and Nettie Hembree. He was retired from Hartwell Garment with 50 years of service and was a Reliv Distributor. He was a member of Lions International for 50 years, was a recipient of the Melvin Jones Award, and had 50 years of perfect attendance. He was a member of Hartwell First Baptist Church and former member of the Andrews Sunday School Class.
   Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Strickland Funeral Home with Dr. Hugh Kirby and Mr. L.T. Brock officiating. Burial will be in Nancy Hart Memorial Park.
   Survivors include his wife, Helen Crawford Hembree; a daughter, Carey Michelle Hembree Nesbit, Dalton; two sisters, LaDon Hix and Lenora Macijewski, both of Hartwell; three brothers, Talmadge Hembree, James H. Hembree and Ray Hembree, all of Hartwell; a grandchild; and a number of nieces and nephews.
   The family is at the residence and will receive friends from noon-2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lions Club International, c/o L.T. Brock, 291 Ridgewood Lane, Hartwell, GA 30643 or to Hartwell First Baptist Church, 81 E. Howell St., Hartwell, GA 30643.
   Athens Banner-Herald, Sunday, May 25, 2003 

Published in the Athens Banner-Herald on Sunday, May 25, 2003. ~ Athens Georgia


Bob Hembree  ~ 1936-2003

Funeral for Bob Hembree, 67, of Monahans was held at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, 2003, in Heritage Funeral Chapel, Monahans, with Luis T. Tijerina officiating. Burial was in Monahans Memorial Cemetery.

Hembree died Sept. 22, 2003, in Sienna Care Center, Odessa.

Hembree was born March 22, 1936, in Shamrock. He had served in the National Guard. He was retired as an oil field electrician, and he was a Baptist.

Survivors include his son, Robert Wayne Hembree of Monahans; daughters, Julia Payne of Graham, Sonya Stevens of Odessa and Tonya Hill of Nacogdoches; brothers, Doug Honeycutt of Nacogdoches and James Honeycutt of Mineral Wells; sister, Mary Harold of Alamogordo, N.M.; 12 grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren.

Heritage Funeral Home, Monahans.


William Byrd of Houston; died Monday in Houston; Superior Funeral Directors, Houston.


Obit submitted by Leota Bennett & Joyce G. Reece
Billie is a descendant of Joseph Hembree of the Wheat Comunity, Roane County, Tennessee.
Mary "Billie" (Hembree) Grubb ~ abt. 1911 - 2003
Grubb, Mary (Billie) Hembree age 92 of Lenoir City passed away Wednesday, November 19, 2003 at River Oaks Place in Loudon.  Billie accepted Christ at an early age.  She was of the Cumberland Presbyterian Faith.  A native of the Wheat Community in Roane County, Tennessee, she loved working in flowers and was a dedicated homemaker who welcomed all who came.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Rupert Grubb; parents, Sherman and Mary Hembree; brothers, Walter Hembree, Elmer Hembree, and Sam Hembree; sisters, Jean Hembree, Anna Hembree Gaylor and Mabel Hembree Charles; and beloved niece, Georgia Charles Iosea.  She is survived by her nieces, Ruth Wayne Cogdill of Lincoln Park, MI, Evelyn Cogdill of Ewen, MI, Rochelle Bailey, Faye Jean Hembree, and Barbara Tinker all of Coalfield, George Anna Koiva of Dayton, TN,  Dorothy Jean Schubert of Lenoir City and Phyllis Rechtin of Victor, N.Y.; dear nephew, Wayne Hembree of Bowie, MD; sister-in-law, Maude Hembree of Coalfield; many beloved great and great great nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.  The family will receive friends from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Chapel, 102 B Street, Lenoir City.  Funeral services will follow at 7:30 p.m.   Family and friends will gather 9:15 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel and proceed to Crawford Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery in Roane Co. for graveside services at 10 a.m.  Hawkins Chapel, Lenoir City is serving the Mary Grubb Family.


Obit Courtesy of "Lucy Stewart" <>
Lucille was the daughter of John Rufus Hembree Jr. and Lucille Cannon Hembree, son of John Rufus Hembree Sr. and Eliza Wilson Byrn, son of Jeptha T. Hembree and Sarah Jane Johnson, son of Willis Hembree and Tabitha Vandiver.
Lucille Hembree Brau ~ 1922-2003
BRAU, LUCILLE HEMBREE, 81, of Irving, died Nov 30, 2003 in Irving. Born Sept 29, 1922 in Detroit, Michigan to John and Lucille Cannon Hembree. She was a homemaker, a U.S. Army veteran of WW II and an avid bowler. Preceded in death by her husband Kellie C. Brau in 1999, her parents and son-in-law Ric Burgess. Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law Carol and Larry Schwartz, Mary Burgess, Lucy and Wes Stewart and Jo and Craig Robinson; sons and daughters-in-law Lee and Sara Brau, John and Kathy Brau, Paul Brau and Kurt Brau; seventeen grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren; sister Lida Madison; brother James Hembree; brothers-in-law Delmus Brau, Vernon and wife Billie Brau; sister-in-law Geneva and husband Everett Maas; nieces, nephews and grands and other family members Dana C. Brau and Christy Brau, Visitation Tuesday 12:00 to 8:00 pm with family greeting friends from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the funeral home. Funeral service will be held Wed., Dec. 3rd at 11:00 am at Donnellys Colonial Chapel, with burial to follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be given to the Womens Memorial Foundation Dept. #560 Washington, DC 20042-0560 1-800-222-2294. Donnelly's Colonial Funeral Home 606 W. Airport Frwy. (972) 579-1313
Published in the Dallas Morning News on 12/2/2003.


John N. Hembree (abt. 1909-2004)


Submitted by Sonja Jenkins

Knoxville News Sentinel, posted April 23, 2004


HEMBREE JOHN N. (THANNIE) age 95, of Townsend died Wednesday, April 21, 2004 at the family home. He was a decedent of Cades Cove, worked for Little River Lumber Company, was retired from the Alcoa Aluminum Company as a member of the 25 Year Club and was a farmer. He was of the Primitive Baptist faith. Preceded in death by: wife of 63 years, Nellie L. Hembree; parents, John L. & Mary J. Hembree; sons, Carl Hembree, Glenn Hembree, and Wendell Hembree; daughter, Ruth Massey; sisters, Lula Melton, Edna Trentham; brothers, Earl Hembree, Howell Hembree, Paul Hembree and Conard Hembree. Survivors include: son and daughter-in-law, Harold & Peggy Hembree of Maryville; daughter, Lois Reagan of Townsend; sister Lucy Huskey of Maryville; daughters-in-law, Gloria Hembree of Maryville, Eula Hembree of Townsend and Joyce Hembree of Maryville; son-in-law, Warren Massey of Sevierville; sisters-in-law, Mary Melton of Maryville, Dorothy Hembree and Georgia Mae Mack of Kingston; 12 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be at 8:00 pm, Friday, April 23, 2004 in the Trinity Chapel of Smith Mortuary with Elder Shirley Henry and Rev. Greg Long officiating. Family and friends will assemble at 11:00 am, Saturday, April 24, 2004 at Tuckaleechee Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery for the interment. Family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm, Friday, April 23, 2004, Trinity Chapel, Smith Mortuary, Maryville, 865-983- 1000,


Charles Hembree ~ abt. 1918 - 2005
Age 87 of Sparta
June 3, 2005
Services 4 p.m., Sunday at First U.M. Church. THURMAN FUNERAL HOME, (931) 836-3194


George Elliott Hembree (January 9, 1934 - March 22, 2006)


Submitted by Lucy Stewart & Joyce Gaston Reece ,



Ralph Buckner Funeral Home & Crematory


George Elliott Hembree, age 72, a resident of Ducktown, TN, passed away Wednesday, March 22, 2006 in a local hospital. He attended the Unity Church of God. Mr. Hembree was the son of the late Joseph Miller and Nora Mae Allen Hembree.

He is survived by the mother of his children: Ora Mullins of Cleveland, TN; eight children and spouses: Billy Ray Hembree of Georgetown, TN, Sandra and Toby Ross of Kingston, TN, Earl Lynn Hembree, Roger and Fay Hembree, Linda Baliles, Thomas Hembree, Rosetta Staton, Tonya and Greg Davenport all of Cleveland, TN; twelve grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; four brothers: David Hembree of Copperhill, TN, Melvin Hembree of Benton, Luther Hembree and Truman Hembree both of Cleveland; three sisters: Mae Hughes of Cleveland, TN Marie Cochran of Copperhill, TN and Bonnie Vines of Cleveland; special friend, Robin Augustonovich of Cleveland; several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Saturday in the chapel of Ralph Buckner Funeral Home with Reverend Johnny Prater and Reverend Anthony Wynn officiating. Interment will follow in the Hembree Cemetery. Gene Bowens, Jr., Alex Hembree, Arty Staton, Billy Staton, Lynn Hembree, Stacey Hembree, Trent Lane and Codie Hembree will serve as pallbearers.

His family will receive friends from 5-9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.



You said that you wanted information about obits of any Hembree's in our family and I just have to tell you about my uncle, Roger Hembree. He was my mother (Imozell Clara Vickery [nee Hembree's]) older brother. We have just buried my uncle's wife (Glenda Jane Smith[Nee Smith]. Her husband was Eddie Michael Hembree, also my mom's brother. Getting back to the story, we had buried Glenda on the 29th of March, 2006 and on the 30th of March, 2006, my uncle died of a heart-attack, while cutting the grass in his back-yard. Here is the link to his obit: 

Chris Vickery
Of The Toccoa, Georgia Vickery's

Roger Hembree (c. 1943 -March 30, 2006)



Roger Hembree, 63, of 14 South 6th St., Woodside, went to be with the Lord on March 30, 2006.

A son of the late Mr. John C. Hembree and Viola Crider. He is also predeceased by two stepsons, Phillip and Charles Wilbanks; a sister, Shirlene Lamb; and a brother, William B. Hembree.

He was of the Church of God faith, and worked as a painter before retiring. He loved being around his family, and he will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his loving wife, Norma Jean Hembree of the home; two stepchildren, Teresa Harkins of Greenville and Darrell Wilbanks of Dacusville, S.C.; three sisters, Clara Vickery and Judy Patterson, both of Greenville, and Jean Hughes of
Powdersville; four brothers, Bobby, Robert, and Eddie Hembree, all of Greenville, and Johnny Hembree of Simpsonville; nine step grandchildren, one of which was very special to papa, Cheyenne; four step great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be tonight from 7 to 9 p.m. at Westville
Funeral Home. Church service will be Sunday, April 2, 2006, at 1 p.m., in the Agnew Road Church of God, with Pastor Johnny H. Bingham officiating the service. Burial following in the New Salem Cemetery, Calhoun Falls, S.C.
Flowers are ok. The family is at the home of his sister, Judy Patterson, 10 Oak St., Greenville.
Services entrusted to Westville Funerals & Cremations, 864-269-5073.

Published in The Greenville News: 04-01-2006


This is an article from the The Tennessean


Willie Mae (Hembree) Cook (abt. 1923 – 2006)


Published: Friday, 06/02/06

Funeral services for Willie Mae Hembree Cook, 83, of Lovonia, Mich., are Friday, June 2, 2006, at 11 a.m. from the chapel of Spann Funeral Home with Bro. Robert Cullum officiating. Burial will be in Baggetts Chapel Cemetery.

Mrs. Cook died Saturday, May 27, 2006, in Michigan.

Survivors include four sons, Tommy (Cathy) Neblett of Arizona, Hershel (Angelen) Hembree, of Lovonia, Mich., Gary (Carol) Hembree of Royal Oaks, Mich., and Steve Hembree of Kentucky; two brothers, James Jones of Alabama and Lloyd Jones of Michigan; three sisters, Dorothy Rakipi, Wilma Kendred and Shirley Fizer, all of Dickson; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Beadie Jones; and sister, Ruth Antocski.


Truman Hembree (August 8, 1923 - June 22, 2006)


Submitted by Lucy Stewart

Dayton Daily News, posted June 2006


HEMBREE, Truman L. Age 82, Northridge, passed away Thursday, June 22, 2006, at Hospice of Dayton. Truman was born August 8, 1923 in Caryville, TN to Columbus & Gracie (Prater) Hembree who preceded him in death. He is also preceded in death by his wife of over 40 years, Betty J. (Young) Hembree, who died in 1998; and by his siblings, Edith Letner, Lonzo Hembree, Christina Harrison, Leonard Hembree, and Jimmy Hembree. Truman is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Pamela & John Engle of Beavercreek; three grandchildren, Lindsey, Vanessa and Ian Matthew; siblings, Hazel Settlemire of Toledo, Mary Lou Rogalski, Marie Daugherty, Betty Hill, all of Michigan, Margie Hicks of Dayton, Earl Hembree of LaFollette, Tennessee, Barbara Daugherty of Orlando, Florida and Billy Lasley of Chicago, Illinois. Truman was a member of the Northridge Freewill Baptist church. He retired in 1988 from the Inland Division of General Motors with 35 years of service. During WW II he served in the U. S. Army. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM, Monday, June 26, at the Northridge Freewill Baptist Church, 4800 Payne Ave., Dayton. Pastor Tim Hamilton will officiate. Interment will follow at Dayton Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will be receiving friends from 4:00 – 6:00 PM, Sunday, at Newcomer Funeral Home & Crematory Beavercreek Chapel, 3380 Dayton-Xenia Road, Beavercreek. In lieu of flowers the family would prefer that contributions be made in memory of Truman to Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Ave., Dayton, Ohio 45420. To send a special message to the family, please visit
Published in the Dayton Daily News from 6/23/2006 - 6/24/2006.


Edward Ray Hembree ~ abt. 1929 - 2006


The Daily Sentinel

By Hollice Smith
The Daily Sentinel

Published September 6, 2006

Eddie Ray Hembree Jr., 77, of Scottsboro, a successful businessman, Purple Heart recipient and one of the city’s top supporters, was laid to rest in Cedar Hill Cemetery Tuesday afternoon.

Funeral services were conducted at Scottsboro Funeral Home with Mr. Hembree’s longtime friend back to school days, Dr. Jim Thompson, conducting.

Mr. Hembree, owner of Hembree Insurance agency on the Courthouse Square, was involved in several business and industrial ventures. He was president of the Greater Jackson County Chamber of Commerce for two years, 1962 and 1963, and was an extremely close friend of the late Mayor John T. Reid during Scottsboro’s booming industrial years of the 1960s.

Attorney Jack Livingston said Mr. Hembree had been an entrepreneurial, enterprising person all of his life, and had a keen sight on industrial prospects and industrial development, and worked hand-in-hand with the Alabama Development Office for a long time.

Livingston said Mr. Hembree worked on up to about two months ago, then did a lot from his house.

Rick Roden, President/CEO of the Greater Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, said Mr. Hembree was a leader in the community for many, many years and confirmed he was president of the Chamber for two years during the early 1960’s.

Roden said, Mr. Hembree was always a “big player in business and negotiations in Jackson County. He will be sorely missed.”

Scottsboro City Clerk Gail Duffey said the city is especially appreciative of Mr. Hembree for all of the work he did at Goose Pond Colony. He was one of the first board members to serve the Park and Recreation Board of Goose Pond. She added, “then we had the city’s liability insurance with him for years and he really took care of us. He was a special friend.”

Bill Gross of Scottsboro said, “Mr. Hembree was in the regular Army at the same time the Scottsboro Guard unit was in Korea, but in a different unit. A few of them might have gotten to see Hembree at least one time while we were over there, but I could be wrong. They don’t come any better than Eddie Ray. He was a fine fellow.”

Dr. Ralph Sheppard described Hembree as a true friend. “I got to know him when I first came to Scottsboro (1951). He was raised by an uncle, Lyles Hembree, and his wife, Mrs. Ella Hembree. Eddie Ray started out as a boy selling popcorn on the square. He was a true entrepreneur. He loved Scottsboro. He had two sayings, ‘Be nice to everyone on the way up because you might need them on the way down.’ He also said ‘don’t burn bridges behind you.’ He was behind everything good for Scottsboro, a true sportsman, he loved Alabama, and was very instrumental in development of Goose Pond Island. He was a man who was on the board of First National Bank. People came to him for advice and I don’t think he ever steered anyone wrong. He was a true friend to me. He supported me in the newspaper and radio station, but he stood for anything that was good for Scottsboro.”

Sheppard said, “Eddie Ray will be missed because he was a true leader, a level headed businessman, and I never heard anything bad about him. He was a hustler. Mr. Hembree was in China in the Korean war.

He was a fine man.”

Mr. Hembree received a Purple Heart after being shot in Korea.

Ralph Powell and Hembree grew up together, being classmates in grade school.

“We grew up together from little children, and went to school together through all of grades.” Powell said, “Eddie Ray was always a businessman. I would like to say from worms to riches. He started out selling worms in school, popcorn and shaved ice on the square and at ballgames. He was into jukeboxes and machines, then insurance and other endeavors including the textile business.”

He was a team manager and afterwards played football, basketball and baseball for Jackson County High School, according to Powell. He loved Scottsboro and really cared for his family and the school.

One of his favorite sayings was, “well, it could be worse. I could be in a foxhole in Korea,” Powell noted.

Hembree obviously had some rough times in Korea. There are stories circulating he once fired a machine gun so long and fast, the gun got so hot, it melted.

Jep Moody of Scottsboro said, “Eddie Ray was a real asset to Scottsboro. He worked hard trying to get industry in Scottsboro and was instrumental in acquiring Goose Pond for the Revere plant. In addition to working on other industrial parks, he was a great person and will be sorely missed.”

Published September 6, 2006


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