A resident of Zachary and a native of Bogalusa, he died Wednesday, May 1, 2013. He was 77 years old and was retired from the paper industry with 42 years of service. He was a U.S. Navy
veteran. Visiting will be at Charlet Funeral Home, Inc., 4230 High Street, Zachary, on Sunday, May 5, 2013 from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. and will continue on Monday, May 6, 2013 from 9 a.m. until service at 10 a.m. conducted by Rev. David Murray. Graveside service will be at 1:30 p.m. at Ponemah Cemetery, Bogalusa. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Ruth Robertson Hemphill; 3 daughters and 2 sons-in-law, Rhonda and Mark Gautreaux, Linda and Carl Tingle and Carla Bouley; 6 grandchildren, Trez Simmons and wife, Claire; Colby Simmons and wife, Katherine; Jenny Gilbert and husband, Joel; James Gautreaux and wife, Malary; Randyl Bouley and Morgan Bouley; 4 great grandchildren, London and Stella Simmons, Judah Gilbert and Cooper James Gautreaux; brother-in-law, Rodney Robertson and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, James "Big Jim" and Lucy Hemphill and his recently deceased lifelong best friend, Robert "Bob" Alford. He enjoyed working alongside his beloved wife, Ruth, as an independent sales rep. He will be missed. Share sympathies, condolences and memories at www.CharletFuneralHome.com.