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Last Updated: Tuesday, August 4, 2009


This file contains articles gleaned from area newspapers and for 1970's.

Newspaper unknown but possibly the Bastrop Advertiser 1976 Celebrate Anniversary On December 19, Elvin Ray Hemphill and Verna Bell Necessary celebrated their 54th Wedding Anniversary. Their long life together is truly a love story of the most touching kind. Having known and grown up together near Red Rock in Bastrop/Caldwell Counties, Texas, Mrs. Hemphill's father (Harvey G. Necessary) moved to the Arne?? community in 1918. Mr. Hemphill assisted the family in moving their furniture by train and stayed on to become a farmer and to marry Miss Verna Bell Necessary in 1919. Then for 28 years they resided in the Plainview Community, farming, and raising three sons. Briefly, in 1947, they returned to Red Rock, but it just wasn't "home" anymore and in 1952 they moved back to the Turnersville community of Gatesville, where they now reside. They are the parents of Reverend Murvil V. Hemphill, Pastor of Westview Baptist Church, Estil E. Hemphill of San Angelo, Texas, and Clive W. Hemphill of Arlington, Virginia. In this day of high divorce rates and unstable homelife, it is comforting to know that some indeed, last a lifetime. Congratulations, Verna and Elvin!