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Herbert Hemingway

Posted By obits On June 20, 2015 @ 3:51 pm In Elizabeth City,Obituaries | 29 Comments

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Reverend Herbert Arthur Hemingway, 91, of Spot Road, Powells Point, NC died Friday, June 19, 2015 in the Sentara Leigh Hospital, Norfolk, VA. He was born on December 4, 1923 in Richmond, VA to the late Herbert and Ada Walker Hemingway. Mr. Hemingway was retired from the U.S. Military after a combined total of 21 years, serving first in the U.S. Navy during WWII, and then in the U.S. Coast Guard. Hemingway was a minister and interim pastor for over 45 years to 36 sister churches. He was a preacher for 35 years at Powells Point Baptist Church, as well as a member, where he adored his church family and congregation. While in the U.S. Coast Guard and stationed in Hawaii on the Island of O’ahu, he started the first Baptist Mission on the Eva Beach. Most will remember that when Rev. Hemingway was not preaching, he was tending to his garden of over 150 tomato plants.

Rev. Hemingway is survived by his wife, Grace Wesley Gray Hemingway of 70 years, three children: Patricia Hemingway Privott of Kill Devil Hills, NC, Herbert A. Hemingway, Jr. and wife, Rhonda of Merry Hill, NC and Barbara Hemingway Allsbrook of Elizabeth City, NC. Also surviving are five grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Funeral services will be conducted in Powells Point Baptist Church, Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 11:00am. Burial with military honors will follow in the Powells Point Baptist Church Cemetery also followed by a reception in the Fellowship Hall at Powells Point Baptist Church. The family will be at their residence, 130 Spot Rd, Powells Point, NC, and the family suggests memorial donations be directed to the Powells Point Baptist Church. Twiford Funeral Home, 405 E. Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is assisting the Hemingway family.

Online memorial condolences may be sent to the family at https://www.twifordfh.com.

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Condolence from Margaret and Louis Twiford on June 20th, 2015 4:20 pm

We just want to let you know that you are all in our prayers and
we are very thankful for all the wonderful memories we have and
share with you. What a wonderful man Rev. Hemingway was and he
was a true blessing to all who knew him. We were always so thankful
to sit under his preaching of the Word that he loved so dearly and I
am sure that many lives have been changed because of him.
Please let us know if we can help in any way.
Love and prayers,
Margaret Ann and Louis Twiford

Condolence from Ike and Fsye Hooper on June 20th, 2015 8:11 pm

Our thoughts are with you. Sorry for your loss.

Condolence from Wayne and Linda Dunn on June 20th, 2015 9:09 pm

We have very fond memories of Reverend Hemingway as he preached at Manteo Baptist many
years ago. He was always excited about the Word of God and no matter which scripture he was led to
preach on, it was always his “favorite verse.” He was a sweet man that helped heal a congregation.
Our sympathy goes out to his family. He is with his Lord now!

Condolence from Roxanne Jackson on June 20th, 2015 10:36 pm

I am so sorry to hear about Mr. Hemingways going home. He was a great man and friend to many. Enjoyed when he was at Manteo Baptist preaching and went over to Powells point to listen to him on special occasion. When I was going to Norfolk to the Dr many years ago daddy and we would stop at Hardees for breakfast and would sit down and talk with him. He always had a smile on his face and words of encouragement to many.
Love and prayers to each and every one of you. He is home in heaven now catching up with all his family and friends that have gone to heaven before him.

Condolence from Teresa Morgan on June 21st, 2015 11:35 am

This was a wonderful man. He Baptized me. My fond memories of him are when I worked Subway in Walmart. He would come in and sit while Sister Grace shopped. I would give him a small cup of popcorn. The expression on his face when I told him I was saved is priceless. He said he wanted to Baptize me. And of course for me that was an honor. Look forward to seeing him on the other side.

Condolence from Edith Armstrong on June 21st, 2015 11:50 am

I will never forget this wonderful man. He has been a part of my life since I was a few years old. Lots of wonderful memories of him and will miss him preaching the words of God. He was one of the best men in the world and loved by everyone.

Condolence from linda williams on June 21st, 2015 12:03 pm


Condolence from Mona Midgett Armstrong on June 21st, 2015 12:45 pm

I cant even put into words how this man touched my life in so many ways. A great man of God.. I was so blessed to have him as a mentor in my younger years and treated me just like his own. You sure will be missed by many of people. I do take comfort in knowing that you are in the Glory land celebrating with many other close angels to my heart. R I P. <3 love always <3

Condolence from Bess Ward on June 21st, 2015 1:18 pm

Dear Herb & Family,

I’m so sorry to read about Mr. Hemingway’s passing . I knew him for such a short while from Bible school and a trip to a mission place.. He was an awesome enjoyable person to be around ..

My thought’s and prayer’s are with all of you now..


Bessie Reid Ward

Condolence from Donald Matthews on June 21st, 2015 4:17 pm

So sorry to here of his passing he was a great man he will never be four gotton

Condolence from Jeanette Dowdy Pitt on June 21st, 2015 6:41 pm

A great man of God has gone home and I know there will be rejoicing in Heaven. He touched many lives and was a blessing to so many. He was a pastor not only to the Powells Point Baptist Church family, but also to the community and beyond. He was a special blessing to our entire family.

My thought and prayers are with the family. He will be missed.

Condolence from Gary Matthews on June 21st, 2015 7:19 pm

He will always be in my heart and you will always be in my prayers

Condolence from Pam Newton on June 21st, 2015 9:18 pm

I remember VBS over 30 years ago. This man was sweet and his love for Jesus always shined through. He always brought me and the girls tomates. They thought highly of him. See you in gloryland my brother.

Condolence from Diana Pittman on June 22nd, 2015 5:06 am

I loved this man..worked with him at Kitty Hawk Pier. He always had kind words and scripture to share. And always ask about my family. God has gained a wonderful angel, make you walk the streets of gold and enjoy your new body. Rest in peace Mr. Hemmer,

Condolence from Ben and Amber Blake on June 22nd, 2015 8:07 am

Mike, me and amber are so sorry for your loss of your Grandaddy. But, the most awesome feeling in the world is KNOWING that he’s in heaven with our precious Lord. That’s helped me so much with Grandaddy myself. We love yall and will continue to pray for yall.

With all the love and sympathy your cuz,

Condolence from Susan Darke on June 22nd, 2015 9:22 am

We are so sorry to hear about Mr. Hemingway. He was a good man.!! I will never forget the beautiful message he shared at my brother’s [Rick Allsbrook] homecoming service 4 1/2 years ago. I feel sure that Mr. Hemingway is now enjoying a few of his son-in-law’s jokes in heaven! I will be out of town Wednesday, and unable to be at his service, but our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. Love Susan & Ed Darke

Condolence from Hamm Family on June 22nd, 2015 11:28 am

I am truly sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in Gods promise found at Revelation 21:4- “And He will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more…”

Condolence from Sonny and Mariruth Pyatt on June 22nd, 2015 12:24 pm

We were saddened by the news, but what a wonderful, long life he had. He baptized Sonny and me, as well as our oldest daughter, Diane, who greeted him in his heavenly home. Prayers go out to all of the family .
Sonny and Mariruth Pyatt
Winston-Salem, NC

Condolence from Willam Horace & Joyce Jordan Jr. on June 22nd, 2015 3:22 pm

Our prayers and deepest sympathies go out to the Hemingway Family.

Condolence from Grace Overton on June 22nd, 2015 5:00 pm

So sorry for your loss. This is a loss for many people. He will be missed by many. My thoughts will be with you all.

Condolence from Leland and Gail Midgett on June 23rd, 2015 8:55 am

Pastor Hemingway baptized several members of my family, and I personally believe was a steady rock of the community. Our family will have your family in our prayers for your loss. Find comfort in that he now lives in the house of the father whom he dedicated so much of his life. God Blees you all.

Condolence from Dorman Swain on June 23rd, 2015 10:26 am

We have lost a jewel with the death of Herbie. I was honored to have known him for 68 years. We served together in the Coast Guard at 5 different duty stations and he made a big impact on my life. He gave my daughter, Donna, her first bible, and she still uses that one to this day. Grace, I truly understand what you are going through and feeling, I lost my wife, Jackie, back in January of this year. I know your loving family and your loving church family will help you get through this. Just know how many lives he touched for the good and how many people will always have kind remembrances of him. God Bless you.

Condolence from Karen S Jackson on June 23rd, 2015 2:51 pm

On behalf of Lynn G Hartman:

Condolences. One of the finest people , wonderful Pastor and friend.
Now is your reward with Victory in Jesus.

Condolence from Allan and Ann McPherson on June 24th, 2015 7:36 am

Pat, Herb and Family,
Allan and I were so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. Loosing a member of the family is never an easy thing. Please know that you are in our prayers as you go through this grieving process.
God Bless

Condolence from BJ Dotson on June 24th, 2015 1:01 pm

Pastor Hemingway will forever be in our hearts. It was a honor to hear him preach God’s Word. I count it all Joy just to have known him…His favorite song was Victory in Jesus, I will treasure the memories. I can see him raising his hand as we sang “Oh victory in Jesus, my savior forever”
God Bless

Condolence from Robert Jones on June 24th, 2015 6:26 pm

I’m sorry I couldn’t be with you today to celebrate Mr. Hemingway’s life. I’d like to share with you what he meant to me. One evening a long time ago I had just gotten my EMT certification and I came upon a wreck on 158. Rev. Hemingway was in the back of the ambulance and I asked him if I could help in any way. Well I wound up riding to the hospital with him and he talked me into joining the Lower Currituck Rescue Squad. I worked with him many times afterwards, and always looked forward to see him pull up in that old Dodge ambulance. Eventually I started working in EMS and Rev. Hemingway’s advice and mentoring set me on a path in EMS that I would follow for the rest of my life.
He had a passion in everything he did and I am saddened by his passing, but I know that my memories of him will always be there for me. I wish I could find words to ease your pain right now but I’m sure the loving memories will give you comfort. May God Bless all of you. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Condolence from Kay Symons Patterson on June 26th, 2015 5:08 pm

Barbara and Herb,
I am so sorry to read of your father’s death. He had a long, fulfilling life as a minister of the Word. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families at this time.

Condolence from Holly Meekins Williams on June 28th, 2015 4:29 pm

You are in my thoughts and prayers in your loss of Rev. Hemingway. He was a good and faithful friend to my grandparents, Red and Anna Holloman. It was a real privilege to know Rev. Hemingway who embodied a life of kindness, compassion and service to his fellow man. May you find peace and comfort in memories of a life well lived.

Condolence from Roland and Rebecca thomas on June 22nd, 2016 9:57 pm

Our deepest condolences to your family. May God bless you and you have a quick healing. Stay strong.

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