This past week our community said good-bye to its oldest member, as well as the oldest member of Flat Rock Baptist Church.
Mr. Hugh Dorsey Hembree turned 99 on June 3. He was born in 1914. He was a part of the very large Hembree family. I would be surprised if almost everyone native to our area was not acquainted with someone in the Hembree family. You would know him by his trademark Liberty overalls and baseball cap.
Mr. Hugh Dorsey had many brothers and sisters. While I do not remember them all, I do remember Mildred Boyd Hembree, Ralph, Fred and Guy Hembree, as they all attended Flat Rock Baptist Church regularly.
As the years went by like turning the pages in a book, this generation was slipping away. I had the good fortune of spending time with Mr. Hugh Dorsey, attending several of his last birthday parties with his brother Mr. Fred. Hearing war stories from one and witty stories from the other.
Mr. Hugh Dorsey left this world on June 13, 2013. It was especially sad because he was the last member of the Hembree family of that generation. He and his wife Linnie Fay are together again with two of their children Charles and Rudine.
So, with the closing of that chapter, we begin the next chapter. The Hembree generation they left with us are Stanley, Malinda, Virgil, Lamar, Tim, Bobby, Vicky, Cindy and Gail. We were rooting for you to turn 100 Mr. Hugh Dorsey, but we know you were tired.
We will miss you. One of the kinder, gentler, greatest generation with some great stories to tell.
Keep the Hembree family in your prayers.
Last week Ephesus Baptist Church had 88 youth and adults attend Centrifuge youth camp on the North Greenville University Campus in Greenville, Sc. This week Ephesus is hosting their annual Vacation Bible School from 9 a.m. to noon daily thru Friday.
Father's Day was observed at area churches on Sunday. FRBC had a 20 member men's choir doing special music for the occasion. All fathers were recognized during the service. The evening service was canceled so families could spend time together. FRBC will present their patriotic music on Sunday June 30 for the 4th of July.
Powell's Chapel UMC said farewell to Brother Bill Tidwell on Sunday. Their new pastor, Brother Robert Pierce, will bring the message next Sunday.
Those on the prayer list include Kay Brown, Dorothy Cohran, Brenda Dockery, Peggy Fernander, ,Danny Fleming, Sammy Herrell, Bobby McCord, Donald Tyson, Mrs. Horace Wilson, Blanche Hudgins, Harold and Jeanette Meeks, Gene Mayfield and Chase Mayfield.
June birthdays include Berwyn Hembree, 15, Jennifer Vaught, Jennifer Wade, Karlie Weaver and Jan Mayfield, 20, Bobby Fendley, Will Hembree, Gail Shadrix and Steve Turner, 21, Casey Cochran, Don Wilson and Denise, 24, Abby Worley and James Richardson, 25, Dale Bryant Windsor, 26 Cassie Bryce and Keny Mullins, 27, Jan Berry, 28, Ashley Bryant Rice and Barbara Tolbert, 29, Jeanette Meeks and Buddy Corn, 30.
Anniversaries include William and Viola Gantt, 25, Allen and Cheryl Tyson, Gene and Janette Mayfield and Joe and Charlotte Doyal on June 30.