James D. Hembree

Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home

In memoriam of James D. Hembree, 01/13/1929 - 09/09/2014

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James Hembree, 85 of Coloma passed away September 9 at his residence.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be held 1:00 pm Tuesday, September 16 at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma where the family will begin receiving friends one hour prior to the service. Burial of his ashes will follow in Coloma Cemetery. Donations may be made to the North Berrien Senior Center or Hospice at Home. Those wishing to leave an online message for the family may do so by using the "Guestbook" link located on this page.

Jim was born January 13, 1929 in Judsonia, Ark to Tom and Evaline Hembree. They moved to Michigan when he was 9, graduating from Coloma High School in 1946. He was founder and co-owner with his wife Wanda of Hembree Welding and Machining and Hembree Trailer Sales from which he retired in 1996. He built those businesses from scratch by treating customers the way he wanted to be treated. Jim had a great mind being awarded at the age of 22 Whirlpool's highest award on their Suggestion Plan. He was a kind and caring man who always put his family and friends before himself. He will be missed by many.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Wanda whom he married February 4, 1950; one son Mark Hembree of Watervliet; two grandchildren Sarah and Marc Hembree; several great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a son Kim, granddaughter Krista, brother Tom, and sisters Pauline, Inez, Midge, and Joyce.

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