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Raymond George Hemphill
  • October 09, 1926
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  • October 05, 2011

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Raymond George Hemphill, 85, passed away peacefully with his loving family at his side on October 5, 2011 at the Volusia Flagler Hospice Center, Port Orange. A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held in the auditorium at Bishop's Glen Retirement Center, 900 LPGA Blvd, Holly Hill, Florida, this Sunday, October 9, 2011 at 3:30 pm. Ray was born on October 9, 1926 in the small steel town of Tarentum, Pennsylvania, just north of Pittsburgh to Robert L. and Grace Gillespie Hemphill. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. Ray attended the University of Findlay in Ohio for two years, then transferred to Florida State University in Tallahassee. He was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and graduated in 1951 with a degree in Business and Economics. Ray went on to a successful career with Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corporation, then Allegheny International, in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He retired in 1982 as Corporate Director of Purchasing and Transportation Services. The family lived in Fox Chapel, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh, and in 1985 Ray and his wife moved to New Smyrna Beach. Ray was an elder in the Presbyterian church, and was currently a member of the Christ Presbyterian Church in Ormond Beach, FL. Ray was a Shriner for more than 5 decades working for the cause of crippled and burned children. He worked tirelessly at the New Smyrna Beach Shrine Club, where he served as President in 1992, and at the Bahia Shrine Temple in Orlando, FL. Ray is survived by his wife of 58 years, Pearl Coughanour; his daughter, Ellen, her husband, David Alpern, and their daughters, Emma and Molly; son Neal and his wife Trish Wirtenson; and daughter Beth and her husband Wade Reese. Ray was a loyal and loving family man. He will be especially remembered for his lively sense of humor and his love of football, being the Florida State Seminoles and Pittsburgh Steelers most dedicated fan. In lieu of flowers, please send your memorial contrbutions to the New Smyrna Beach Shrine Club at 1111 S. Orange Street, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168.

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