HICKORY Martha Jean Taylor Hemphill, 86, of Hickory, passed away Sunday, July 14, 2019, at Carolina Caring, after an extended illness. Born Oct. 25, 1932, in Catawba County, she was the daughter of the late Connie Brown Simpson and Clyde Taylor. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Betty Jo Taylor; an infant son, Michael Dean Hemphill; and an infant great-granddaughter. Martha loved her family, the ocean, the sun, sounds of the beach, dancing, beach music and anything outdoors. She was an avid reader, and loved playing cards, especially Canasta. She served as president of the NC Women's Insurance Adjusters (local chapter). She was an insurance adjuster for James C. Greene Insurance Company for over 30 years until her retirement. She was a strong, hardworking "single mom", who made many sacrifices for her children. She was a loyal friend, an amazing mother, and will be lovingly and deeply missed. Martha is survived by her daughters, Debbie Rhodarmer and husband, Charlie, Beth Miller, and Rosa Dale and husband, Kenny, all of Hickory; seven grandchildren, Jennifer Rhodarmer Clark, Jason Lowman, Christopher Miller, Steven Rhodarmer, Glen Lowman, Patrick (Jessica) Miller and Kristina Lowman Aycock; five great-granddaughters; and 10 great-grandsons. A memorial service will be held Thursday, July 18, at 4 p.m. in the chapel at Bass-Smith Funeral Home in Hickory with the Rev. Dr. Jay Robison officiating. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening, July 17, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the funeral home. Bass-Smith Funeral Home is serving the family of Martha Jean Taylor Hemphill and online condolences may be sent at www.bass-smithfuneralhome.com.
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