Joe Hembree


Joe Hembree, 77

Anchorage resident, Adam G. "Joe" Hembree, 77, died May 20, 2005, at his home.

A funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Turnagain United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Martha Nanugak Blanchett presiding. A celebration of life will be after the service. Honorary pallbearers are Larry and Juanita Hembree, and Herman, Jesse, Byron and Richard Romer.

Mr. Hembree was born Aug. 4, 1927, in Lavada, N.C. He served with the Merchant Marine and the Army-Air Force. He moved to Alaska in April 1947. He lived in Bethel, Ketchikan, Soldotna and Anchorage. He worked for White Alice Communications Systems for 27 years before his retirement in 1986.

Mr. Hembree was a member of the Moravian Church of Anchorage and Spirit of Joy United Methodist Church of Coolidge, Ariz. He enjoyed building, electronics, computers and taking pictures.

His family said: "Joe was a very good carpenter and built three homes by himself. He could tell a joke appropriate for any situation or person at any time. He loved to take pictures of family gatherings and made sure everyone got copies. He had a wall of family photos. Joe loved to send funny or cheerful e-mails, greetings to everyone to cheer them up. Joe taught all his grandchildren to fish on the Kenai and loved to watch them play baseball. He was a wonderful and loving friend, companion and provider for his wife. Joe will be so missed by everyone."

Mr. Hembree is survived by his wife of 45 years, Sylvia Romer Hembree; son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Cheryl Hembree; daughter, Juanita Hembree; sisters, June Hembree, Jane Smith, Paulette Weaver and Cathy Kerr; grandchildren, Ryan, Adam and Zac Hemree, Robert Sramek Jr. and Paula Dean; great-grandchildren, Anthony Hembree, Jessica Sramek and Madison Dean; brothers-in-law, Herman Romer, Jesse and Fay Romer, Byron Romer, Richard Romer, and Kenny Romer; sisters-in-law, Cathy and Sam Cox, Cynthia Romer and Mary Romer; and many nieces and nephews.

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Arrangements are with Witzleben Family Funeral Home.