Thursday, March 31, 2011

Thomas Lee "Tom" Hemphill, 76, of Shell Knob, passed away Wednesday, March 23, 2011, in Red Rose Health and Rehabilitation Center one day after being admitted.

He was born March 31, 1934, in Verona, the son of Loren and Eunice (Bennett) Hemphill. On May 14, 1954, in Aurora, he was united in marriage to Frieda May Thurman, who preceded him in death on June 19, 2010. Also preceding him in death were his parents; one sister, Blanche Greenway; and one brother, Morris Hemphill.

Survivors include: two sons, Thomas Lee Hemphill, Jr., and his wife, Kim, of Richmond, Va., and Gary Lynn Hemphill, of Shell Knob; and two grandchildren.

He received his education at Verona, where he graduated from high school and attended two years at Missouri State University in Springfield. For 10 years, he was employed for Marsh Funeral Home in Aurora. For several years, he resided in Richmond, Va., where he was vice president for Brenco Bearing Company. Six years ago, he moved back to Missouri and made his home in Shell Knob. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force and was a 50-year member of Canopy Masonic Lodge in Aurora.

No services are scheduled at this time. Cremation arrangements are under direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Shell Knob.

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