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Donald A. Hemphill

Funeral services for Donald A. Hemphill, of Brookhaven, are today, Nov. 10, 2018, at 11 a.m. at Riverwood Family Funeral Service in Brookhaven with burial at Bogue Chitto City Cemetery.

Visitation will be today, Nov. 10, 2018, from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at Riverwood.

Mr. Hemphill, 96, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. He was born Oct. 29, 1922, to James Jackson Hemphill and May Sutton Hemphill. He was a graduate of Bude High School in 1942 and from 1943-1945, he served in the United States Army taking part in the Normandy landings. In 1950, he also married Mary Reid that year he earned a B.A. from Mississippi College. In 1958 he earned a masters of arts degree and has pursued advanced studies at the University of Mississippi, Delta State University, Mississippi State University and the University of Southern Mississippi. From 1950 -1954, he was a teacher, librarian and principal at Rosedale High School; 1954-1959, a teacher and junior high coach at Monticello High School; 1957-1967, a teacher at Brookhaven High School, and from 1967-1985 he was principal at Brookhaven Elementary and Lipsey Junior High School.

He retired in 1985 and enjoyed his wife, daughter and son-in-law, his grandchildren, the Greatest Generation Coffee Club at Burger King, his computer, and when he was physically able, working in his yard. He also attended First Baptist Church where he was a member of Cecil Rhodes’ Sunday School Class and the Monday Morning Counting Committee. He has served as president of the evening Lions Club and the Mississippi Retired Teachers Association.

Preceding him in death were his parents; wife; three brothers, Jack Hemphill, Clyde E. Hemphill and William Eric Hemphill.

Survivors are his daughter, Donna Hemphill Magee and husband, Jimmy; five grandchildren, Molly Magee Shepherd (John Thomas), Kelly Magee Cates (Zach), Jay Magee, Bonnie Magee and Pierre Urisanga; great-granddaughter, Sutton Cates; niece, Susan Hemphill Young; great-nephews, Scott Young and Ben Young; great-nieces, Debbie Smith and Sandra Fairley; sisters-in-law, Billie Capozzi, Sarah Berthelson and her husband, George, and Katie Reid; a host of other loving nieces and nephews; longtime beloved friend and caregiver, Bobbie Quarles; and the best neighbors a man could ask for Tripp, Kim, Hannah, and Sam Arnold.

Condolences and other information are available online at www.riverwoodfamily.com.