Georgia Hemphill, a long time resident of Captiva and Shell Point, died on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 in Carlinville, Ill. Born Feb. 25, 1923, she married Robert "Bud" Hemphill in 1942. Georgia was preceded in death by her husband, two brothers, and her oldest son Ted.
Georgia spent the war years at Fort Smith Arkansas as well as Pasadena and Monterey, Calif., working for the USO before Bud went overseas. Following his return they built a house in Carlinville, she received a B.A. degree from Blackburn College and taught high school math and English for the next 17 years.
In 1968 they built a small "cottage" on Captiva which they enjoyed and shared with friends and family for over 30 years.
Georgia Hemphill. PHOTO PROVIDED.
Georgia served on the boards of Captiva's Chapel By The Sea, Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation, Captiva Civic Association and the Captiva Library. An avid golfer, she and Bud were stalwarts of the Wednesday Couples Gang at South Seas. She usually accompanied by her dog Lucky continued to play at Shell Point.
Surviving are her son Tom and wife Susan of Newhall, Calif., daughter-in-law Lynn Hemphill of Gaithersburg, Md., her sister-in-law Wyn Nevins of Litchfield, Ill., four grandchildren, three great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
All who knew Georgia are encouraged to gather at Captiva's Chapel By The Sea Sunday, March 2 at 12:15 p.m. to celebrate her life through stories and song.