Alma Mae Hembree, 97, went to be with the Lord on July 22, 2013. Alma resided in the Rockwall Nursing Care Center in Rockwall, Texas where she and her husband of 71 years, Gene, had lived since September 2005. Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, 2013 at First Baptist Church, Stinnett, Texas.
Alma along with her twin brother, Elwin were born December 15, 1915, in Seymour, Texas, the fifth and sixth child of twelve children born to William and Murtice (Henyan) Hudgens. Alma met her darling Gene at a country dance. They married on November 18, 1935, in Thalia, Texas.. They moved to the Sunray area in 1942, and lived in Stinnett for 34 years before moving in 1999 to the Lake Sam Rayburn area to be near family.
Mrs. Hembree dedicated many years of her life to raising her five children in Sunray and Stinnett. Though she was unable to take the time to finish high school, she took a writers course and began writing beautiful poetry. She began painting and developing her skill with oil painting many pictures which her family treasures. She published and obtained the copy right for many poems and her poetry and writing was published in the book "Salt Pork to Sirloin". She loved the Lord and many of her poems had a religious theme. She also wrote the words and music to the song "The End of the Darkest Hour" which she published with Lygia Fogle of Stinnett. She was proud to be the cousin to the famous song writer and King of Western Swing, Bob Wills. . Alma and her husband, Gene, loved to go fishing on Lake Meredith and loved raising their garden. They shared many hours canning fresh vegetables. She loved organic foods before the term organic became popular.
She is survived by her children, Fred Hembree and wife Brenda of Bonham, Jeanette Foshee and husband Dean of Lake Sam Rayburn, Mike Hembree and wife Lynette of Houston and Mary Chavanne of Round Rock, and sisters, Louise Meeks of Oceanside, California and Eloise McCoy of Abilene; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and recently a great-great granddaughter. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gene, her daughter, Beverly Wilson, and her son-in-law, Richard Chavanne along with 6 brothers and 3 sisters.