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Pete Hemphill

Pete (Burpee) Hemphill, 80, of Van Buren passed away Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, at Sparks Regional Medical Center. He was a retired truck driver from more than 50 years, most recently retired from U.S. National Trucking in Van Buren. He was of the Assembly of God faith. He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley (Dowling) Hemphill; fathers, L.B. Hemphill and Blaine Smothers; mother, Lavada (Battenfield) Smothers; three sisters, Helen, Willa and Jewell; one brother, Euyliss.

Memorial service was Oct. 10 at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home, Van Buren.

He is survived by two daughters, Debra Hemphill of Chisago City, Minn., and Karen Robertson of Van Buren; one son, Kenneth J. Hemphill of Fayetteville; two grandchildren, Farah Williams of Taylors Falls, Minn., and Justin Urso of Fayetteville.

Online tributes: www.ockerfuneralhome.com.

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