Clara Mae Hemphill, 75, passed away Tuesday, June 29 at Hospice Ministries of Ridgeland. Graveside services are 11 A.M. Thursday, July 1, 2021 at First Baptist Church Black Hawk Cemetery with Rev. Randy Clayton will officiate.
Mae was born in Louisville, Mississippi on January 24, 1946 to James Vernion and Eva Snow Yarbrough. She married her husband of 54 years, Willie Bernion ‘BD’ Hemphill, on September 3, 1960 and moved to Greenwood shortly after, but it was in the peaceful hills of Carroll County that she spent the majority of her life. She was a member of First Baptist Church Black Hawk and served on the board of directors for Southern Mutts.
Prior to her many years of service at the Greenwood JCPenney store, Mae worked at the Gold Bond Stamps Store in Greenwood. Upon retiring from JCPenney, she followed her passion for gardening to Old Time Farmer’s Market, where she worked until last month. She enjoyed potting beautiful arrangements of plants for her faithful customers and many local businesses who asked for her by name. Nothing brought a bigger smile to her beautiful face than her children and her grandchildren. She often expressed that she couldn’t imagine loving anything more until life blessed her with four precious great grandchildren.
Mae was preceded in death by her husband and her parents; three brothers, James Yarbrough, Thadius Yarbrough, and Richard Yarbrough; and three sisters, Hayes Long, Rita Dollarhide, and Ann Ward.
She is survived by a daughter, Angie (Mike) Young; and a son, Scott (Christine) Hemphill, both of Carroll County; a grandson, Brandon Young of Maben; and a granddaughter, Scottie Rhea Hemphill Brown of Columbus; and four great grandchildren, Benton and Callon Brown, and Meredith and Jax Young; three brothers, Harrell Yarbrough, John Yarbrough, and Freddy Yarbrough, all of Louisville; three sisters, Pearl Daniels of Noxapater, Algie McCullough of Jackson, and Von Clark of Louisville. She is also survived by a special brother, Duane Ray of Louisville.
Pallbearers will be Scott Hemphill, Mike Young, Brandon Young, Tim Hemphill, Tim Clark and Anthony Clark.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Southern Mutts, 1559 CR 231, Greenwood, MS 38930; Hospice Ministries, 450 Towne Center Blvd, Ridgeland, MS 39157, or a charity of the donor’s choice.
.Greenwood Delta Funeral Home (www.greenwooddeltafh.com) is in charge of arrangements.
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