Hemphill, Arthur Joe, Jr. (2009)

Obituary of Arthur Joe Hemphill Jr ~ 2009

Transcribed by Joseph Cook

Black Mountain – Arthur Joe Hemphill Jr., 77, of Black Mountain passed away Monday, January 19, 2009.  Mr. Hemphill was born March 9, 1931 in Carter County, TN and was a resident of Buncombe County for most of his life.  He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Black Mountain and also attended Tabernacle United Methodist Church.  Mr. Hemphill was also a member of the 120th Infantry Services Co., 30th Division of the NC National Guard from 1947-1958, Black Mountain Lions Club, Sons of the American Revolution, Board of Adjustments and had served on the Board of Directors with the Swannanoa Valley Museum.  Arthur Joe was a police officer with Black Mountain Police Department for many years then becoming Chief of Police from 1970 to 1975.  He was Constable for four years and then was employed with the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Department under Lawrence E. Brown for five years.  He also worked at Ridgecrest in Safety, Security and Forest Management.  Arthur Joe will be remembered as a conservationist.  Mr. Hemphill is preceded in death by his parents Arthur Joe and Evelyn Hinkle Hemphill Sr.

He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Mary Rutledge Hemphill; sister Lynn Hemphill Wolter and husband Bill of Woodinville, Wash.; nephews, Art and wife Katie, Josh and wife Heidi, and Mark and fiancée Priscila; nieces, Tracey Clark and husband Gary, and Debbie Surrett and husband Tim; brother-in-law Jay Rutledge and wife Carol; two great nieces and two great nephews.  Not having any children of their own, they had numerous adopted children who were very special to them.

A Celebration of Life service was held at 2 p.m. Friday January 23, 2009, in First Baptist Church, Black Mountain, with the Revs. David Rayburn and Richard Ploch officiating.  Burial was in Mountain View Memorial Park.  The family received friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday January 22, 2009 at First Baptist Church, Black Mountain.  At other times, the family was at the home of 209 Old US Hwy 70 East, Black Mountain.

Flowers are accepted and appreciated.  Those desiring to make memorial contribution are encouraged to consider First Baptist Church, Black Mountain, Tabernacle United Methodist Church, Swannanoa Valley Museum or Black Mountain Lions Club.  Arrangements are in the care of Harwood Home for Funerals, 208 W. State St. 828-669-2977.

The News Bulletin of McDowell County, Wednesday January 28, 2008 Volume 15 # 4