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Steven Dean Hemphill

February 5, 1957January 23, 2021

Steven Dean “Steve” Hemphill, 63, of Liberty passed away on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at his home.

Steve loved his family above all else. He and Dawn were married for 39 years. He was the best dad anyone could’ve ever hoped for and always made time for his boys. For example, even when he was traveling for business, he always made it home in time for his duties as a Boy Scout leader.

Steve was a man with an impeccable work ethic almost to a fault. This was probably attributable to being raised on a farm. He worked most of his life in the building materials business until the economic downturn in 2008. This included everything from being a store manager at Lowes to being a traveling sales rep. He was also a store manager for Leonard Buildings and Truck Accessories. He most recently worked briefly at Liberty Tire and Auto. Steve would always say “I do not have customers, only friends who buy from me”. Needless to say, he had friends all over the state of North Carolina. He never met a stranger whether it was a client or someone he met outside of work.

Anyone who knew Steve loved his sense of humor. Being an avid Duke fan, he loved “getting into it” with all Carolina fans. He even pulled against NC State when they played Duke while his son was a student at NC State.

Steve also loved working with tools and could build just about anything using wood, a skill he learned from his father. As some of the locals in Liberty may remember, he helped supply the materials and worked to rebuild the Boy Scout cabin in Liberty after a hurricane hit.

Even though Steve loved most sports, he was a very good baseball player. This too, was a talent that was inherited from his father. He played baseball all through school. He also played on the Lowes softball team and on the team at Tabernacle United Methodist Church where he had been a member for over 30 years.

A graveside funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at Dr. Clyde M. Gilmore Memorial Park with Rev. Howard Spray officiating. He will lie in repose at Loflin Funeral Home on Friday, January 29, 2021 from 1:00 until 5:00 p.m. for friends and family to pay their respects.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Opal Sheppard Hemphill and brothers, Brad Hemphill and Michael Hemphill.

Steve is survived by his wife, Dawn Smith Hemphill; sons, Seth Austin Hemphill and his wife, Tiffany and Jordan Michael Hemphill; father, Walter Clarence Hemphill; and sisters, Renee Martin and Vanessa Ann Hemphill.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that contributions be made to Pleasant Hill Christian Church, 1712 Pleasant Hill-Liberty Road, Liberty, NC 27298 which is where he and Dawn were married.

Please share your thoughts and memories with the family at www.LoflinFH.com.

Loflin Funeral Home of Liberty is honored to serve the Hemphill family.

Services

  • Lie in Repose

    Friday, January 29, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, January 30, 2021

Memories

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Barry Whitesell

February 3, 2021

Dawn and all the family, I am sad to hear of Steve passing. I just heard this today .. Steve was a great person and I always thought the world of him. When we worked together at Lowe’s I got married. Steve took up money and bought me my first push mower. I enjoyed our friendship and was thinking just recently I need to look Steve up and talk all the good times etc. My heart goes out to everyone and I am shocked and sad. My prayers are are with you all. Rip my friend. Love you my brother.

Ed Brewer

January 31, 2021

Dawn and family,
Please know you’re in our thoughts and prayers. As you and others mentioned, Steve’s wry smile and sense of humor were certainly his trademarks and won’t be forgotten. We are so saddened by his passing. You have our sincerest sympathy.

Love, Ed and Susan Brewer

Paul Deaton

January 30, 2021

Prayers for all the family. Steve was a lifelong friend and great guy!

Mike and Bonnie Maready

January 29, 2021

Dear Dawn, Seth and Jordan,
We are simply heartbroken.
Steve was a dear friend who always brought a smile and lifted one’s spirits. We will certainly miss his visits and dropping by when he was on “our side of town.”
We are holding on to our fond memories of him and hope you will be comforted by those too.
Please know you’re in our hearts and prayers.

Lisa Thompson

January 29, 2021

Vanessa we are so sorry to hear of your brother's passing we will be saying a prayer for you and the family. From your Waste Management family

Sammy Beitzel

January 29, 2021

I worked with Steve in the building industry for many years. Always thought a lot of Steve. Sending my condolences to his family.

Dawn Light

January 28, 2021

Dawn and family, I am so sorry to hear about Steve . Know that I am praying for comfort for you and the rest of the family.
Dawn Light

Seymour & Carla Phillips

January 27, 2021

Dawn, I am so terribly sorry for your family's loss, every Time I think of Steve I think about his smiling face, he was always happy go lucky, I will keep all of you in my prayers my prayers, Love ya, ll Cuz

David Holland

January 27, 2021

I am so sorry to hear this. I thought a lot of Steve, he was a great friend and close as a brother for many years. Steve will be missed. I hope you can take comfort knowing he is with Jesus Christ and suffering no longer. I will miss him. Condolences for your family.

Sam & Bonnie Donnell

January 27, 2021

Steve was a well loved man .. Kind to everyone he came across .. We are sorry to hear of his passing . Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this time .

FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Steven Dean “Steve” Hemphill, 63, of Liberty passed away on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at his home.

Steve loved his family above all else. He and Dawn were married for 39 years. He was the best dad anyone could’ve ever hoped for and always made time for his boys. For example, even when he was traveling for business, he always made it home in time for his duties as a Boy Scout leader.

Steve was a man with an impeccable work ethic almost to a fault. This was probably attributable to being raised on a farm. He worked most of his life in the building materials business until the economic downturn in 2008. This included everything from being a store manager at Lowes to being a traveling sales rep. He was also a store manager for Leonard Buildings and Truck Accessories. He most recently worked briefly at Liberty Tire and Auto. Steve would always say “I do not have customers, only friends who buy from me”. Needless to say, he had friends all over the state of North Carolina. He never met a stranger whether it was a client or someone he met outside of work.

Anyone who knew Steve loved his sense of humor. Being an avid Duke fan, he loved “getting into it” with all Carolina fans. He even pulled against NC State when they played Duke while his son was a student at NC State.

Steve also loved working with tools and could build just about anything using wood, a skill he learned from his father. As some of the locals in Liberty may remember, he helped supply the materials and worked to rebuild the Boy Scout cabin in Liberty after a hurricane hit.

Even though Steve loved most sports, he was a very good baseball player. This too, was a talent that was inherited from his father. He played baseball all through school. He also played on the Lowes softball team and on the team at Tabernacle United Methodist Church where he had been a member for over 30 years.

A graveside funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at Dr. Clyde M. Gilmore Memorial Park with Rev. Howard Spray officiating. He will lie in repose at Loflin Funeral Home on Friday, January 29, 2021 from 1:00 until 5:00 p.m. for friends and family to pay their respects.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Opal Sheppard Hemphill and brothers, Brad Hemphill and Michael Hemphill.
Steve is survived by his wife, Dawn Smith Hemphill; sons, Seth Austin Hemphill and his wife, Tiffany and Jordan Michael Hemphill; father, Walter Clarence Hemphill; and sisters, Renee Martin and Vanessa Ann Hemphill.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that contributions be made to Pleasant Hill Christian Church, 1712 Pleasant Hill-Liberty Road, Liberty, NC 27298 which is where he and Dawn were married.

Please share your thoughts and memories with the family at www.LoflinFH.com.

Loflin Funeral Home of Liberty is honored to serve the Hemphill family.