Thomas Hembry

Thomas “T.B.” Hembry, 88, of Palatka entered the sunset of life Monday, Oct. 10, 2016, at Putnam Caregivers in Palatka.  

A native of Edward, N.C., he was born Thursday, April 12, 1928, to Johnnie and Cynthia (Thompson) Hembry. 

Thomas was educated in the Beaufort County, N.C., School District. He was united in holy matrimony to Jessie Mae Foster in 1964. He was a faithful member and deacon at St. Joseph Primitive Baptist Church under the leadership of Elder Lemon J. Nixon. 

He was associated with St. Johns Chevrolet-Buick-Geo Co. and subsequently, the Williams Family Dairy Farm for nearly 40 years.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in eternal rest by his devoted wife of 34 years, Jessie Mae Hembry; sisters, Alberta Hembry Lorkin, Mary Grimes, Iona Hembry Harris and Blondie Hembry; and brother, Leander Hembry.

He leaves to cherish his memories an aunt, Evelyn Hembry of Edward, N.C.; sister-in-law, Ruby Lee Jenkins of West Palm Beach; devoted niece, Pamela (Earnest) Smith of Lake Helen; goddaughter, Kim Jackson; godsons, Donterious J. Ashley and Keith Marshall of Palatka; and a host of other relatives and caring friends.

Visitation of family and friends will be 5-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14 at Flagg’s Chapel of Serenity. Homegoing celebration will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 at Mount Zion Primitive Baptist Church, 1501 Bronson St. in Palatka, with the Rev. J.C. Tookes, pastor. 

Elder Lemon J. Nixon, pastor of St. Joseph Primitive Baptist Church, is the eulogist. 

Condolences may be sent to the Hembry family at

Arrangements entrusted to the care of Karl N. Flagg Serenity Memorial Chapel.

Palatka Daily News

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