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Bethel Baptist Church
Tuesday January 17th, 2023
11:00am - 12:00pm

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Bethel Baptist Church
Tuesday January 17th, 2023

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McDowell Memorial Park
Tuesday January 17th, 2023

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John Patton Hemphill

John Patton Hemphill • Marion

John, a life-long servant of God, left this world on the morning of Jan 11, 2023. Let us all praise God for bringing this good, patient and humble man into our lives. He leaves a long legacy of kindness, caring and a love for Jesus that has Inspired all who knew him. His service as a deacon, Gideon, and Sunday school teacher will long be remembered.

Upon learning of his disease about a year ago, he simply told his best friend and beloved wife of 60 years, Brenda, that whatever comes next It Is God's will and therein he would place his trust. Over the next year he endured much suffering as he wanted to have as much time as possible with Brenda, his sons, his extended family and his much-loved furry friend - OZZY. John is now with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He is praising God as he reconnects with loved ones who have preceded him. The suffering has ended and joy has begun!

Brenda, as well as sons Kevin and Mark, deserve much praise for the manner in which they cared for John over the past year. John once commented that Brenda was the best nurse imaginable and that the extended family should be proud of her as well as Kevin and Mark. We certainly are!

John, son of Beatrice Rumfelt Phillips and John Rodney Hemphill, Jr., was born in Marion on Sept 17, 1942. He graduated from Marion High where he was a member of the band. He had a long career at Dana Corporation in Morganton (now Sypris Tech). He loved cars (he was a skilled mechanic) and enjoyed participating in flea markets. Johnny was quite the extrovert and loved talking with friends, family and even total strangers. He was well read and intelligent; these traits enabled him to discuss many topics with ease.  He was an equally good listener and always made an effort to understand others.

His survivors include Brenda, son Kevin of Marion, son Mark of Marion, brother Rodney Hemphill of Arizona, sister Marie Anderson of Anderson, SC, four grandchildren, six great grandchildren, plus many cousins, special nieces and nephews. 

Services for John will be held at Bethel Baptist Church, 205 Bethel Church Road, Marion, on Tuesday, January 17, 2023. The family will receive friends at 11:00 AM with the service at 12 noon followed by a luncheon in the church fellowship hall. Pastor Jimmy Upton will officiate. Speakers will be Dean Owenby, Holton Buchanan, Gary Bass and Henry Taylor. Beam Funeral Service is assisting the family. There will be no graveside service. Following lunch and fellowship, friends can visit the grave site at McDowell Memorial Park whenever they prefer.

The family wishes to thank all the friends who supported John and Brenda over the past year with special thanks to Pastor Jimmy Upton. His frequent visits and constant encouragement will never be forgotten. He is truly a man of God and an exceptional human being.

Memorials may be made to Bethel Baptist Church.

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A candle was lit in memory of John Hemphill

Ruben and Nancy Santana Jan 16 2023 3:03 PM

A candle was lit in memory of John Hemphill

Laura Lovik Jan 16 2023 2:53 PM

Dear Brenda and family, sending my heartfelt love and condolences, as you grieve the earthly loss of your loved one, Johnny. I have precious memories of Johnny and Brenda together from back in the early sixties. I don’t remember a time, from those years, that you were not together. I remember your wedding day very vividly, and the vows that you made to each other. I cannot imagine the pain that his passing has left. I am asking God to wrap you all in His arms of love and comfort. Asking Him to be near and dear to you, each and every day. May the love, and the menories that you had made together, fill your heart and your mind and bring peace and comfort that only God can give. I am thankful for my memories and for the love and friendship that we shared so many years ago. May the sweet, sweet spirit of the Lord be your constant companion.

Linda Kaylor Kell Jan 16 2023 11:04 AM

I met John when I started coming to the Marion Fleamarket a couple of years ago. He was always polite and smiling and never met a stranger. I know his family and friends will miss him but he is in no pain now and you will see him again. My sympathy, thoughts, and prayers go to all of you.

Jackie Smith Jan 16 2023 9:00 AM

My thoughts are with Brenda, Kevin, Mark, and the rest of the family. John and rest of the Hemphill family was my second family for my entire childhood and beyond.
I really wish I could be there but work has me extremely busy at this time.

Danny Cook Jan 15 2023 4:28 PM

A candle was lit in memory of John Hemphill

Amy &Thomas Howard Jan 14 2023 7:51 PM

A candle was lit in memory of John Hemphill

Beth Cates Jan 14 2023 6:23 PM

Our prayers are with you all.

Roger Chapman and Family Jan 14 2023 5:41 PM

A candle was lit in memory of John Hemphill

Gail Hall Jan 14 2023 3:37 PM

A candle was lit in memory of John Hemphill

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