James Douglas Hemby

Born on July 29, 1931

Departed on June 14, 2019 and resided in Nashville, TN

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James Douglas Hemby was born in Nashville, TN on July 29, 1931.  At age 87, he passed away after complications with surgery on June 14, 2019 in hospital with family by his side.  He graduated from Cohn High School in 1950.  Doug is survived by his daughters, Karen Hemby and Vicki Otto, and his grandchildren, Jessica Otto and Aaron Otto, and brother, Randall Hemby.  Doug will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held 1:00 p.m. on Friday, June 21, 2019 at West Harpeth Funeral Home with Dr. Hubert Cunningham officiating. Burial to follow at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens.

Visitation with the family will be held Friday 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. prior to the service at West Harpeth Funeral Home.

3 Comments to James Douglas Hemby

  1. David H. Atkinson says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I didnt know Mr. Hemby extremely well but the few times we did talk I found him to be a wonderful and kind man and he gave me a place to live at The Leaves during a very difficult time in my life and i can never thank him enough, he was a godsend. I hope the best for the family and you’re all in my thoughts and prayers.
    Unfortunately I am unable to attend services, my sisters husband died the same day I found out Mr. Hemby had passed and services for him are at the exact same time on Friday at Ellis Funeral home. Mrs. Phyllis has my contact info and ive asked her to give you guys that info should you need me for anything and she has giving me your info as well.

    In Peace,


  2. Jan Routon says:

    I just learned of your dad’s passing. I am so sad and so very sorry for your loss. As I’m sure you know, I was very fond of your dad and you as well. For Senior Ride Nashville, we went quite a few places together. I have been watching the schedule to take you to the grocery again, and have wanted to call you, but I did not want to disturb you while your dad was recovering. Please know that you will be in my heart and I will be praying for your comfort.
    I will truly miss your Dad –a lot!

  3. Vicki G. Otto says:

    My sister, Karen Hemby, and I miss and love my dad so much. It is a major loss to us all. He always said he tried to treat others the way he would want to be treated. He always gave us a hug and told us he loved us and he took care of his family. He loved his grandchildren and was so proud of them. They loved him too. I will miss hearing his voice and the long conversations we always had. We talked about everything. His grandchildren loved debating with him and hearing his stories about growing up. It just does not feel right when I walk into his house and him not there. He had so many friends who he loved and enjoyed spending time with. He loved playing golf until he could not see well any more. Hoping he could hear me, I told him I knew he tried so hard to stay with us and that we loved him and to look for mom. He took care of her to the very end and she would had been proud of him. He missed her so much and would always tell the story of how they met. He always said he did not deserve her and what a beautiful person she was inside and out. I am glad he got to retire early and had my mom quit work, so that they could enjoy their remaining years together. I am glad they got to spend so much time with their grandchildren. You will never be forgotten by the ones who loved and cared about you. Goodbye for now until we see you again.

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