June 24, 1961 ~ October 4, 2012

Born in: Long Beach, CA,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Kathleen Hembree, 51, of Kentmere Lane, passed away on Thursday, October 4, 2012. A native of Long Beach, CA, she was the daughter of Lillian Krager of Beaver, PA and of the late Russell Edward Monday and was also preceded in death by an infant daughter, Keira Kathleen Hembree. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, William R. Hembree; son, Matthew William Hembree, of the home; two sisters, Patty and Fred Hamilton of Beaver, PA and Lois and Andy Williams of Meadville, PA; a brother, Shaun Krager of Los Angeles, CA and several nieces and nephews. Kathy was a member of Biltmore Baptist Church and a Team Specialist with the Eaton Corp. The family will receive friends from 1:00 pm until 2:30 pm Sunday at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian. A graveside service will follow at 2:45 pm at Calvary Churchyard in Fletcher.

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  1. Please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of Kathy. She worked very close with the team in the Spartanburg Distribution Center. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family and hope you find peace in the Lord during your time of sorry.

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  2. Our deepest sympathies go out to Kathy’s family. She shuoldered her physical troubles with a rare strength and grace. She will most certainly be missed.

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  3. Words cannot express how sorry I am to hear of Kathy’s passing. I will miss seeing her everyday smile. Please know your family is in my family’s thoughts and prayers.

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  4. Bill and Matthew,
    Kathy will be missed by all in her Eaton Family. She has been a role model, mentor, and coach to a huge number of friends and colleagues here. She was always there in times of need offering encouragement and help – we are lucky to have been a part of her ‘family’. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Wiley Kessler

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  5. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. I will miss Kathy’s guidance, understanding and smile very much. She was a great co-worker and friend.

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  6. Deepest Sympathy to the Hembree Family. I’ve never met Matthew but he has to be one amazing son! Your mom was really proud of you. God’s blessings to you all.

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  7. Brother Bill, Words cannot express how sorry we are to hear of Kathy’s passing.
    Please know your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

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  8. I feel fortunate to have crossed paths with Kathy through working at Eaton and especially lucky to have been her manager for the last four years. She was one of the most sincere, intelligent, dedicated and self-motivated people I’ve met. Kathy’s legacy is her innate ability to encourage confidence and display the utmost patience when training new employees. Our organization is more efficient and better organized as a result of her efforts. Her commitment to family was even stronger. My heartfelt sympathy goes to Bill and Matthew.

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  9. I started working at Eaton in Febuary and my trainer for the first 6 weeks was Kathy. I spent week after week with her learning our complex systems. Kathy was wonderful and so patient with me through the whole training process. I am so thankful for the time spent with Kathy and her wonderful spirit through adversity. She displayed great enthusiasm and drive through such a tough time…I pray for Gods comfort in this time of grief and rejoice in the wonderful life Kathy led. Kathy you will be missed! God Bless!!

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  10. Kathy and I started at Eaton a few weeks from each other a little over 11 years ago when she was pregnant with little Matthew. A lot has changed in that amount of time but she has left a legacy here at Avery Creek and I am sure for her son. She will be greatly missed and my prayers are with your family in this time of sorrow.

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  11. My deepest condolences to Kathy’s family and friends. I was lucky enough to work with her during my time at Eaton and I know she will be missed. She had a wonderful spirit and patience that is unmatched.

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  12. Kathy,
    I have never been so shocked. Thank you for all the good years that we have been friends. I will always remember you. Prayers to your family.

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  13. I could easily talk about all the things I learned from Kathy professionally – there are an abundance of them. But my fondest memories of Kathy will be the stories we shared about our sons. The love and pride she had when talking about you, Matthew, was amazing to see. The joy you brought to her life filled her stories with laughter – and really… whose laugh was better than Kathy’s….

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  14. Bill and Matthew – Words cannot even begin to express my sorrow. I know that Kathy loved you both so very, very much. You’re in my thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time.

    I’ll always treasure the great memories that Kathy and I shared together at Eaton during the past 11 years.

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  15. You are in our thoughts and prayers. I will never forget Kathy’s smile and laugh and the joy she brought into a room. She would usually walk into work behind us in the morning and would always ask about our boys. I know that she loved Matthew a lot! Kathy- we will miss you!

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  16. We are all so sorry to hear of Kathy’s passing. Every Mother has a special love for their child, but when Kathy watched Matthew; it was alittle more attentive, alittle more observant. She obviously didn’t want to miss a moment. Our prayers are with you and your family. Bill, if there is anything we can do for you or Matthew-please let us know.

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  17. Bill & Mathew

    My deepest sympathies for your loss. Kathy was an intergral memeber of our Eaton family and will be missed by all. She touched so many people over the years in such a positive way and will be remebered as both a mentor and more importantly a friend.

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  18. I loved my time in the salon with Kathy. She felt like a sister. We shared the stories of our lives every month for years…we giggled and cried.

    Kathy adored Bill and Matt, and I know how much they love her. May you guys find some peace in that ‘forever’ love.

    Please call on me if there is anything I can do for you.
    Kimberly

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  19. My sincerest sympathy to Kathy’s family. I worked with Kathy for a long time, and my strongest memory of her is how much she loved and cared for her husband and son.

    I am so sorry for your loss, Kathy was a lovely person.

    Sharon Harrison

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  20. Bill and Matthew, I will always remember Kathy’s sincere and hearty laugh and be inspired by her attention to detail. She was the perfect person for her role at Eaton and made such a positive impact on all of us. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  21. It was an honor to know Kathy. She had such a bright personality. It was always fun to have conversations about our little ones together. She set such a great example for us as a parent and a overall beautiful person. The family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

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  22. I am so sorry to hear about Kathy. She was my Supervisor while she worked at Collins & Aikman in Old Fort. She was also a great friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  23. We want you to know that so many of the staff at Koontz have you in our hearts and prayers. We will support Matthew in any way we can.

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  24. No one can say exackly how you must feel. I didn’t have the pleasure of knowing Mrs. Hembree. However, I do understand how painful it is to loose someone you love in death. Please take comfort in the bible’s promise of the time when tears, death and pain will be no more.(Rev.21:3,4) May you continue to rely on Jehovah God and his word the bible and HE will give you the comfort you need at your time of grief. My deepest condolences.

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  25. Kathy will be deeply missed. I not only had the privilege of working with Kathy, but also would see her at church. When I came back to Eaton last year, she trained me and we always made time during training to talk about our kids. We would spend time chatting about Matthew and my son, Brantley. We would share funny stories about book reports and school projects. Kathy loved her family and always spoke so highly of her husband and son. My family has been praying for you both each night and will continue to pray for God’s peace to surround you during this time.

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  26. Have been working with her for years, fortunately had the opportunity to meet her last April, great person to work with, very sorry for her departure. I’ll pray God to keep her by his side and comfort her family.

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  27. I can only echo the care and kindness other Eaton ‘family’ members have expressed about Kathy’s effect on our work lives. She touched everyone in such a positive way. She will be missed greatly.

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  28. Kathy was such a bright light and so enjoyable to work with on a daily basis. To her family, I am very sorry for your loss.

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  29. Was so shocked to hear about Kathleen. Enjoyed working with her and loved her smile. Never saw her without it. My prayers are with you all as I know the weeks and months ahead will be difficult. May God’s Grace help you through this.
    Sincerely,
    Dianne Glover

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  30. I was so shocked to here about Kathy. I enjoyed working with her and she will be missed. I pray that God will wrap his arms around you and your son and comfort you during this time. Kathy was a special lady. Thanks Brenda Medlin

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  31. I am shocked. I am so sorry, and know God has taken care of her. Kathy is strong and positive. Her family, most certainly, has lost a Winner. Eaton has lost one that has made many others Winners, selflessly. Please stay strong and WIN again, during this time of loss. God Speed Kathy.
    Mike Romine

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