The Rev. William Albert ("Al") Hewett, 83, of Plattsmouth, Neb., died Oct. 27, 2012. Funeral services will be at 3 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, at the Brian P. Harvey Funeral Home, 306 N. 7th Street, Plattsmouth, with interment to follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Plattsmouth. Visitation with the family will be Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, from 6 - 7:30 p.m. and prior to the funeral Thursday, from 2 - 2:45 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to BILD, the Good Shepherd Agricultural Mission, a farm based orphanage home for destitute children of North India and Nepal.
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Al was born Oct. 9, 1929, to James Emory Hewett and Daisy (Partin) Hewett outside Hazlehurst in rural Jeff Davis County, Ga. During his childhood, Albert labored alongside his father, mother, brothers and sisters in the farm fields of South Georgia, sharing in the sparse lifestyle, and limitless life lessons, of a sharecropper's family.
As a young man Al enlisted in the United States Army and was granted an honorable discharge in 1949. On Jan. 9, 1950, Al married the love of his life, Ethel Evelyn Wood, also of Jeff Davis County. After six years of farm work in Georgia and Florida, and the birth of two of his three children, Al felt called to the ministry and enrolled in Toccoa Falls Bible College in northern Georgia. He graduated in 1960, having earned the degree Bachelor of Science in Theology. On May 7, 1960, Al was ordained to the work of the gospel ministry by the ordaining council of the Oak Grove Baptist Church in Hazlehurst. Al subsequently became affiliated with Village Missions, Inc., of Hickman Mills, Mo., and was assigned the role of pastor to several small churches in south-central and central Iowa. Al later enjoyed a career in business while always remaining active in the ministry, acting as temporary or substitute pastor for several churches in Southwest Iowa and Southeastern Nebraska in his later years. Al was always known for his wit and mischievous sense of humor, which enlivened his interactions with everyone he met.
He was preceded in death by his mother, father, four brothers and two sisters. Al is survived by his wife Evelyn Hewett of Plattsmouth; son W. Curtis Hewett and wife Beckie of Council Bluffs; daughter Patricia Schweer and husband Brad of Omaha, Neb.; daughter Jan Patterson and husband Michael of Glenwood; brother James Comer Hewett of Clearwater, Fla., sister Nancy (Hewett) Young of Hazlehurst; brother Harold Hewett of Waycross, Ga.; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Published in The Opinion-Tribune on Oct. 31, 2012