James Woodrow Hemming, age 81, of Farner, passed away on Monday, May 14, 2018 in Athens, TN. He was born on June 8, 1936 in Farner. He was a member of Turtletown Baptist Church. He retired from the Tennessee Forestry Service where he worked as a firefighter. He was a member of Ducktown Lodge #241 F&AM and also a member of the Shrine. He is preceded in death by his first wife, Betty Jo Dalton Hemming, and parents, Roy Hemming and Myrtle Jones Hemming.
He is survived by his wife, Eleanor Hickey Hemming of the home; sons and daughters-in-law, Timmy Joe and Alicia Hemming of Turtletown, Jed and Diane Hemming of Coker Creek, Randy and Carolyn Hemming of Coker Creek, and James Carl “Jimmy” and Anona Hemming of Turtletown; daughters and sons-in-law, Brenda and John Hunter of Ringgold, Vicky Hemming of Cleveland, and Teresa and Mickey Taylor of Farner; brothers and sisters-in-law, Harold and Loretta Hemming of Coker Creek and Arnold and June Hemming of Farner; sister, Esther Ann Bishop of Cleveland; and ten grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at 2:00 pm from Akins Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Paul Ray Harper will officiate. Music will be by Tristan Galloway and Kayla Hemming. Pallbearers include Johnny Dunn, Ricky Brown, Ray Dean, Johnny Hunter, Kenny Morrow and Mickey Taylor. Honorary Pallbearers will be Bob Cooley, Reid Shaw, John Walker and Clyde Raper. Interment will follow in the Epperson Cemetery in Coker Creek. The family will visit with friends at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.akinsfuneralhome.com. Akins Funeral Home of Copperhill is in charge of the arrangements.