Nancy was born June 3, 1943, in Campbell County, Lynchburg, VA to the late Dr. John Mills Turner Jr. and Margaret Long Turner. She was married to Jimmy Davys Hemphill for over 58 years. She was a member of Granite Falls First Methodist Church.
Nancy was a graduate of E.C. Glass High School and graduate of Lynchburg College. She taught elementary education for over 20 years in Greensboro and with Caldwell County Schools. Throughout her career she had a genuine love of children and teaching. She was active in Communities in Schools, CCC&TI Foundation, I Have a Dream Scholarship and church activities.
If you knew her, you loved her. Nancy had a gift of making everyone’s day brighter through her kindness and generosity, mixed with a quick wit and glowing smile. She spent every day of her life spreading joy, finding ways to help others, and giving love and herself to family and friends. Nancy treated everyone as a friend and always left each person she encountered feeling special, appreciated, and usually left them laughing too. Those fortunate enough to have her as a teacher would surely say she was a favorite and she carried this love of teaching to her grandchildren. Friends of the family have said they never knew a mom could be so much fun until they met her. Her life is a testimony to how small acts of kindness can impact the world we live in and it is a much more beautiful world because of Nancy.
Those left to cherish her memory are her loving husband, Jimmy, of the home; son, David Hemphill of Los Angeles, CA; daughter, Amy Hemphill Hardison and husband, Jeremy of Wilmington, NC; grandchildren, Ivy Brooke Hardison and William Davis Hardison both of Wilmington, NC; brother, Dr. John M Turner III and wife, Frances of Farmville, VA.
A private family service will be held at Granite Falls First United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to your favorite charity. Meaningful charities to the family are Amorem, Communities in Schools, Dream Scholarship through CCC&TI, Hudson Recreation & Hub Station and Granite Falls First Methodist Church.