Gregory Dean Hemphill

December 14, 1958 ~ December 14, 2011

Gregory Dean "Greg" Hemphill died suddenly in his home on his 53rd birthday, December 14, 2011.

Born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, to Fred Beckett and Rebecca Copher Hemphill, Greg was raised in Sulphur. He was a 1976 graduate of Sulphur High School and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in English from McNeese State University. He was Senior Buyer for W. R. Grace Company from 1988 until 2002, and worked in outside sales for the past ten years for various companies, including Airgas, Inc., RSC Equipment Rental and most recently for Port Aggregates, Inc. He enjoyed photography, particularly aerial photography.

Greg's greatest joy was his family and making them happy. He was a gentle and talented man with a generous spirit. He was always willing to help a friend or neighbor in need. He will be sorely missed by the family that loved him and by neighbors and friends who thought so much of him.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Kelley Hunter Hemphill of Lake Charles; daughters, Kelli and Katelyn Hemphill of Sulphur; step daughters, Ashley Bowler and Lauren Gregg and husband Brandon of Lake Charles; mother, Rebecca Hemphill, also of Sulphur; brothers, Alan Hemphill and wife Pam of Houston, and Bruce Hemphill of North Carolina; and one grandson, Colton Gregg. He was preceded in death by his father, Fred B. Hemphill.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 17, 2011 at Johnson Funeral Home. Dr. Mike Dickson will officiate. Interment will be at Highland Memory Gardens. Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. on Friday and on Saturday from 9 a.m. until service time.

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  1. Aunt Rebecca, Mom told us of Greg's passing. Please know we are praying for you all! May God comfort you in this time of such deep sorrow! Love and prayers, Becky Thomas-Konz (your namesake), Barbara Bartlett-Thomas' daughter

  2. Dear Kelley, I am so very sorry I could not be there today. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Greg was always such an amazing stepdad to Ashley. He loved his family more than anything, and would do whatever was needed. Once again I am so sorry for your loss. I will be thinking about you and sweet Ashley. Please let me know if I can help in any way. Love,Lauren

  3. Greg was a great friend co-worker , he came by to check on me several times after my son died. I always looked forward to visting with him. Once he went by my home to check on it after a hurricane without me even asking him to do that. Just a real good guy , I still have a cap on my desk he gave me from our last visit. I will miss him dearly will pray for him and his family.

  4. Greg was always so kind and warm to everyone, and gentle. He was always so real and down to earth. God Bless him and his family. I am saddened and sorry for such a great loss. Respectfully,Gerald Ramoin

  5. I am so deeply shocked and saddened by Greg's sudden passing away. We, at The Hearing Center, were very fond of Greg. He was always so upbeat and positive and we will always remember Greg very fondly! Please accept our sincere and heartfelt condolences.

  6. I am sorry for your loss, Greg and I had classes together years ago at McNeese. I enjoyed knowing him. I will be praying for you all. God Bless

  7. I was saddened to hear of the passing of Greg. He was a wonderful person. Grew up having great times playing baseball with him. Catching those curveballs there in Maplewood. My prayers are wirh you and your family.

  8. I wish Peace and comfort for the entire extended Hemphill family at this time of Greg's passing.From the time we were neighbors as little kids and continuing in our young adulthood, Greg seemed to embody a Greg-arious enjoyment and enthusiasm for life which was evidenced commonly by his broad smile, enthusiastic laugh, and sincere offer to assist with whatever issue was at hand. A good man who will be missed but not forgotten.Three things I will always remember about Greg are these. When I was about five and Greg seven, we negotiated a trade of toys, my relatively new one for his half working Rock-em-Sock-em Robot. When his mom Rebecca found abut the trade, she insisted Greg had received the better end of the deal and should return it, but I explained to her I was happy for the exchange. My contentment with the trade had more to do with the fact the robot had been his and his brothers' toy – and that made it special.Second, when I was 18-19 and Greg 20-21, he assisted greatly in my selection and purchase of my second car along with much more big brotherly assistance, advice, and positive role modeling given as we talked while he regularly washed and waxed his cars (almost daily!) over those months.Third, after I moved away, my Dad regularly told me accounts of how Greg assisted him in various ways around the house and yard, always sharing a fun and engaging story as he helped.

  9. I wish to express my condolence regarding your loss of Gregg. We are all unable to cope without comfort and hope from a source much higher than man. That source is God's Word the Bible. John 5:28,29 promises that there will be a resurrection. At such a time when our hearts are broken and crushed as Psalms 51:17 acknowleges, it is our loving Creator that can heal the brokenhearted…(Psalms 147:3) He assures us that He will do this by ending pain, tears, death and mourning as stated at Revelation 21:4,5. May you find comfort as you put faith in the promises of Almighty God, Jehovah.

  10. I'm sorry to hear about your loss.Mr.Greg was a great man to work with and be around. Always had a story to tell.He will sorley missed.You all are in my prayers. Angie Maple Dispatcher at Bayou D'inde yard for Port Aggregates

  11. Kelley and Family-Kathey and I are so shocked over your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I think so often of your Mom and Dad. Even though we were related, it was such a pleasure to really get to know them and the rest of the family. I remember your wedding so well. You have our deepest sympathy. Henley and Kathey Hunter

  12. Kelley family,Please know how much we will miss Greg, and how sorry we are for your loss. Greg was a great guy, funny, always willing to help others. He will be greatly missed, especially around Canal Place. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  13. Kelley family;I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Greg was a great man who will be greatly missed. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.Sandy Bourgeois family

  14. Kelly, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband, you and your family are in my prayers.Lisa Ross (former employee of Thrifty Way pharmacy)

  15. Kenny and I are so very sorry to hear about Greg. What a pleasant person he was to be around. He always made us laugh. Our thoughts and prayers go to the entire family. Remember all the great memories and the good times.

  16. Mrs.Hemphill, I am so sorry for your tremendous loss.I cannot think of anything worse than losing one of your children.Greg I were not close however,I have a lot of respect for you your family.Please accept my condolences.Sincerely,Dick Kennison

  17. My condolences to Mrs.Hemphill, Bruce, Allen. I have wonderful memories growing up next door to your family on Horseshoe Lane.

  18. My prayers go out to your family. I worked with Greg at Grace and he was so helpful. Almost always a smile on his face and so good at calmming me down when things were stressful. A great friend and Co-worker, He will be missed by many. May God bless you and your family.

  19. Our deepest sympathy to all of you. You were so blessed to have Greg with you for so many years. God Bless you all as you go through one of life's most difficult challenges we pray that His comfort blessings surround you all always. You all are in our thoughts prayers.Margie Gray Billings, Keith Gray Jeanette Gray Aguillard

  20. -Saddened to hear of the sudden loss of such a strong man. I worked with Greg @ Citgo for many years and he made many of my days special. A man so full of life and always kept everyone laughing the entire shift.He will be remembered by many-Continued pray

  21. So sorry for your loss Greg was A great Friend and Co-Worker i will Miss him very much he was one of the good guys in this world.May he rest in peace for he is in a better place.

  22. To all the Hemphills: I am so sorry and saddened for your loss. I am sorry I wont get to make the services and see Bruce and Allen while they are here in town, as I am having knee surgery this morning (12-16-2011)and will be in Memorial Hospital thru Sunday evening.I know Greg is cutting up in a better place with mom and dad making them laugh and smile as he always did. To Mrs Rebecca, you are to be proud of all your boys as they are loved and admired by many, especially me. All of you have been such good friends with my entire family and we think highly of you all.I know dad loved your boys as if they were his own sons and that made me think highly of them, as they did dad. Greg was always speaking highly of dad and telling me what a great man and doctor he was. It made me so proud and feel so good to know dad touched so many people. Please tell everyone hello for me and please give Bruce my number(3372872842) I would love to hear from him when things settle down. Ive been leaving messages with his daughter on facebook trying to get in touch with him and dont know if she has said anything to him since she doesnt know who I am, Guess he should be proud to know this since she hasnt friended me, not knowing me. Mrs Rebecca, just remember that you have my number and know where I live and when I am back on my feet, if you need help with anything please let me know!I can do all things thru Christ, he strengthen me:Martin, Jennifer and Joshua Moore

  23. To Mrs Hemphill, Bruce and Alan and the whole family, i am so sorry to hear about Greg's passing. We grew up together on Horseshoe Lane, what great memories. Then Greg moved in our neighborhood in old Maplewood. He was a great neighbor and friend, he will be greatly missed. Praying for all of you at this time.

  24. To the entire Hemphill Family, I was terribly saddened to hear about Greg. The last time I saw Greg was about 12 or so or so years ago and we spent some time catching up. He was a great guy. I am thinking of you during this time and wishing you everything you need to heal your heart.

  25. To the Hemphill Family,I am so sorry to hear of Greg's passing. He will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him. He was a kind and gentle man who reached out to always help others. Although I didn't run into him very often, when I did, he always went out of his way to acknowledge me and always told me if I ever needed anything to not hesitate to ask. He always had a smile on his face.Ms. Rebecca, you and Mr. Fred did a great job raising 3 fine boys. All of you have touched so many lives throughout the years. You are all one of the best memories I have from my childhood and I tell my kids about yall all the time. Actually, Brandon reminds me of Alan, Brently reminds me of Bruce, and Brook reminds me of Greg. Dad always said yall were family and your sons were also his sons. I can only imagine what he, Greg and Fred are talking about now! I can't look at a fruitcake without remembering Ms. Hemphill's secret family recipe for her lemon fruitcake. I remember Greg with his Mickey Mouse collection and always washing his car. Alan always seemed to be up to something he knew you and Fred were not going to approve of and Bruce always came to visit mom and dad. I think I still have pictures of all your boys. We are still moving from my Carlyss house to the one we are currently in but, when I come across them, I will get them to you.Ms. Rebecca, I know Alan and Bruce do not live locally. Please know that I am here anytime you need something, no matter the time of day or night or the need. I work at one of the hospitals in Lake Charles and I am never far away. May GOD comfort all of you through this time of sorrow.Love you all,Cathy, Brently, Brandon, and Brook Sorgee

  26. Very saddened by the loss of such a kind,caring,loving and gentle man.Greg truly loved life and blessed so many people in his daily works. May each of you find comfort daily in the cherished memories of Greg.– With Sympathy– Angela Sittig Watzlavik

  27. We Davison and Hemphill kids grew up next door to each other on Horseshoe Lane in the '60s 70s.I am shocked and saddened to learn of Greg's untimely passing. My sincerest sympathies to the entire family.

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