Larry “Sam” E. Hemphill

Larry “Sam” E. Hemphill

Larry “Sam” E. Hemphill, 70, Palmyra, Mo., passed away Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at Blessing Hospital  in Quincy, Ill. 

Mr. Hemphill was born June 6, 1948, in Mattoon, Ill., to Donald and Grace Morss Hemphill. He was married to JoAnn Kennedy on May 1, 1973, in Canton Mo.  She survives.

Other survivors include his three children, Kelly Hemphill, Paw Paw, Ill.; Sharri Hemphill, Philadelphia, Mo.; and Bob Kennedy, Palmyra; three brothers, Clint Hemphill (Susan), Pulaski, Tenn.; Steve Hemphill (Linda), Rock Island, Ill.; and Danny Hemphill, Terre Haute, Mo.; grandchildren, Amber Kroneck, James Kroneck, Allyssa Linze, Karissa Kennedy and Elizabeth Hemphill, numerous step-grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Paul and Red Hemphill.

Sam graduated from Oak Park SDA Academy in Ames, Iowa.  During the Vietnam era he served in the United States Army as a medic.

Professionally, Larry was a roofer and did this for most of his life. He was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans, known as the DAV.  

Being a ham radio operator was a fun hobbie that Sam enjoyed, as well as deer hunting, mushroom hunting and fishing. 

Family wasn’t first. The Dallas Cowboys were first, but family was a close second.

Sam was Christian by Faith.

“GO Cowboys”

Private services will be held.

Memorials may be made to The Disabled American Veterans.

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