Dennis "Chuck" G. Hembree

5 November, 194721 March, 2020
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COLUMBIA – Dennis “Chuck” G. Hembree passed away suddenly on Saturday, March 21, 2020.

Chuck was born in Batesburg, SC, son of Roy T. and Rachel Hembree. He attended the University of Georgia before enlisting and proudly serving his country during the Vietnam War on the USS Enterprise Aircraft Carrier as a flight commander. He later graduated from the University of South Carolina. Chuck was a Georgia Bulldog at heart and an avid fan of the Carolina Gamecocks. After college, he loved his profession of working in the forestry and timber business for many years. He had lived life to the fullest including traveling the world, skydiving, scuba diving, boating and driving his Porsche. He had a generous heart and his many family and friends will miss him dearly.

Chuck is survived by his wife and loving soul mate, Terry Kelley; step-children, Kelley Sessions (Chris) and Anthony Connell (Kayla); grandsons, Coen and Oliver Sessions; mother-in-law, Charlotte Meetze; sisters, Annette Martin (Dan) and Sharon Pair (David); nieces, Beth Powell (Chip), Kimberly Pair Watson (Brett) and Ashleigh Pair Conner (Brian); three grand nephews, Xan Watson, Cash Conner, and Noah Conner and his fur babies, Abby and Scout. In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his former brother-in-law, Stewart Taylor.

Due to COVID-19, a graveside service will be held at Bush River Memorial Gardens, 5400 Bush River Rd., Columbia, SC 29212 at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. A celebration of life event will be announced at a later date. If you are not feeling well or are unable to attend, please use the online guestbook to leave your name, a memory or a message for the family at

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to one of Chuck’s favorite charities, Wounded Warriors or Disabled American Veterans.


  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, 25 March , 2020


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M Mills

31 March 2020

Though I never met Mr. Hembree, my husband brought home the sweetest little black lab ever. This was the beginning of our very own family. You see he met my husband in the woods with a puppy that needed a home, I am forever grateful to Mr Hembree that home was us, 10 years later he is our oldest baby in the house and I will remember the kindness that and trust that he had to give our sweet Esso to us. We are so very sorry for his sudden passing and he will be dearly missed.

Corbin Wimberly

30 March 2020

Our USI Insurance Services team has you and your family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. We have made a donation to Wounded Warriors in memory of Chuck to honor him and his service. Please lean on us for anything and we look forward to catching up with you during better times!

Ron Johnsdon

29 March 2020

Chuck was a cool guy. Admired by all the guys who ran in the social circles of the 70's and 80's. Lots of friends. Just an all around good guy. If he was your friend, he had your back.
I used to challenge him in my Porsche to run from
Rigby's to Fanny Teagues. He had a green Porsche then. Neither of us ever won.....both cars were about even in speed.
I will miss Chuck and the cool era we shared....that was the best time in America.

Carolyn Summers

27 March 2020

Annette, he was only days older than my Jimmy. Sounds like a special person. Wish I could have known him. You’re in my prayers, my friend.

DuBose Martin

26 March 2020

A caring and generous friend who loved his wife, family and friends. A great man who will always be missed but never forgotten. Stand down, Marine. I’ll take your watch. Rest easy and may God Bless and comfort those you leave behind.

JC Moore

26 March 2020

He was a great guy, Always had a smile and, usually, a good story. Sorry to see his name in the back of the paper.

Mary Underwood

25 March 2020

Annette,so sorry of the loss of your brother you are in my prayers today I love you much.mary

Carla Fallaw

25 March 2020

This is for Sharon and David, I lost my sister on Friday, March 13th due to life well lived. She had a stroke 3+ years ago. I say this because I am feeling what you are going through. So sad to see them go but, they are in a much better place now resting in peace. Many God give you comfort and Peace during the coming days. Best Carla and Al Fallaw

Marlene Gantt

25 March 2020

Annette, Sharon and family,
So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time. Love and hugs to all,
Marlene, Tara, and Darrin Gantt

Donna MacAleer

24 March 2020

Terry, please accept my heartfelt sympathy. Chuck and I were friends from 1970 and on. We shared interests and friends for decades. It saddened me greatly to hear of his death. He was so happy when he met you and shared his life with you. Chuck was always good, kind, and funny with me. He will be missed. My condolences to you and his family.
Donna Macaleer

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