Eugene Richard Hemphill, 81, of Raleigh, NC, passed away on May 14, 2019. Born April 18, 1938 in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, he was the son of the late Ivan Louis Hemphill and Christine Dunlap Hemphill. Youngest of eight children, he is survived by his sister, Genevieve Hemphill Agent.
Also survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Patsy Kelly Hemphill, whom he married on December 24, 1955; children and their families, son, Kelly (Susan) Hemphill, their son, Christopher (Tabatha) Hemphill and their children, Aidan, Liam and Camden Hemphill, their daughter, Melissa (Michael) Everette and child, Ailie Everette; son, Kevin (Jodi) Hemphill, their daughter, Rikki (Steven) Graham and child, Ewan Graham; daughter, Joy (Howard) Schmitz and their son, Daniel Abazied, partner Melissa Browning and child, Xander Abazied; son, Matthew (Aleesa) Cogar and child, Addicyn Cogar; and daughter, Rebecca Cogar; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Eugene served his country with honor and distinction for twenty years in the U. S. Navy as an Aviation Ordnanceman and an Underwater Explosive Ordinance Disposal Technician (diver) with service in the Vietnam War. He also served God as a United Methodist Pastor and an ordained elder in the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church for twenty-two years.
Funeral services will be held at 3 o’clock Sunday afternoon, May 19, 2019, at St. James United Methodist Church with Rev. Kim Lamb. A reception will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. James United Methodist Church, 3808 St James Church Rd, Raleigh, NC 27604 .
A service of Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 405 S. Main St., Wake Forest. (919) 556-5811