Viola F. Hembree
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Viola F. Hembree
  • October 5, 1922 - May 22, 2017
  • Grand Prairie, Texas

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Viola Frances Hembree was born on October 5, 1922 in Winthrop, Arkansas and passed away on May 22, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. She is preceded in death by her husband Robert Lee Hembree, parents James and Ollie Lamb, 9 brothers and sisters.

She is survived by her children Robert Hembree Jr. and wife Donna, Paula Calvert and husband Mark, and Tommy Hembree. Grandchildren Robbie Hembree, Nathan Hembree and wife Jenny, Kelly Hembree, Courtney Lee and husband Brandon. Great-grandchildren Levi, Jameson, and Lucas. And many nieces and nephews.

Viola was a strong Christian, courageous and gracious wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and Friend. She was raised in a Christian home . As a young child, she survived a fire that destroyed their family's home and a tornado that came through their home while she and her younger siblings hid under the bed. Once a teenager, she made a very hard decision to drop out of school and help raise her younger siblings when her mother was too ill to take care of them. She became a Pro at housekeeping, washing clothes, cooking and all that comes with raising little ones. Little did she know God was preparing her for what would come later in her life.

She met a handsome man named Robert in June of 1949 and they married in August of 1949. I guess you might say it was love at first sight. They began their married life in Carlsbad, New Mexico where they built their first home and started a family. She gave birth to Robert Jr. in February 1951, Paula in October 1953 and in July of 1955, Tommy was born and their world would change forever.but in a good way. Tommy was raised as a normal child and was given the same love, patience, and punishment as Robert Jr. and Paula. The entire family learned how to love and care for Tommy. Because Viola was such a good organizer and Pro home maker, she was able to juggle cooking, cleaning, washing clothes, chasing after Tommy, and raising her children in a Christian home. She and Robert were faithful in taking their family to church each week and were examples of true love and faith in every way.

Viola's one fear was that Tommy would not be taken care of without her. She struggled at the last to be here as long as she could for him. God had another plan for her and that was to be with him and Robert in Heaven. For that, we celebrate that she is pain free and walking the streets of Gold with Robert and singing praises to God!!! And Tommy will be well taken care of just like she taught Robert Jr. and Paula to do.