Charles R. "Rusty" Hembree
Tuesday 24th of March 1925 - Sunday 26th of July 2020
Milward - Broadway
159 N BROADWAY, LEXINGTON, KY
Charles R. “Rusty” Hembree, 95, passed away in the early afternoon of Sunday, July 26, 2020. Rusty was born in Roane County, Tennessee to the late Robert Cross and Mattie (Christenberry) Hembree on March 24, 1925.
Mr. Hembree wed Joy Edwards in 1946 and together, they celebrated 60 years of marriage until her passing on January 31, 2007. Rusty served his country proudly in the United States Army Air Corps. While he attended the University of Tennessee, Rusty received his undergraduate and law degree. He also obtained his Masters of Law Taxation at New York University. Rusty tried hundreds of cases before the U.S. tax courts, state and federal, and tried one case before the U.S. Supreme Court which ended in his favor.
He was a member of the Fayette County Bar Association, Kentucky Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association, The Order of the Coif, and Senior Partner of Kincaid Wilson Schaeffer & Hembree. Rusty served as Chairman of the Board of Central Bank, and served on the Board of Directors for Citizens National Bank in Somerset, KY, Kentucky Central, Kentucky Finance, Bluegrass Broadcasting, the local Red Cross, Cardinal Hill Hospital, Markey Cancer Center, Bluegrass Council Boy Scouts, Lexington Chamber of Commerce, The Kincaid Foundation, Georgetown College, Midway University, and Ask Us Inc.
Rusty was on the Mayor’s Job Training Planning Council and was a member of several clubs including Lexington Country Club, Lafayette Club, Thoroughbred Club, Keeneland Club, St. Ives Journal Club, Bluegrass Kiwanis Club, and the Bluegrass Investment Club. He was also a member of Immanuel Baptist Church.
Left to cherish his memory are his daughter, Joy Dawn Hembree and grandsons, Robert E Maclin, IV and Charles Hembree Maclin. In addition to his parents and wife, Rusty was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Clayton Hembree and infant son, Charles Robert Hembree.
Visitation will be on Saturday, August 1st from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at Milward-Broadway located at 159 N. Broadway. Mr. Hembree will be laid to rest on Monday, August 3rd in Berry Highland Memorial Cemetery in Knoxville, Tennessee at 1:00 pm. Social distancing guidelines, capacity restrictions, and mask usage will be adhered to during these events.
In honor of his legacy and in lieu of flowers, Rusty’s family would like memorial contributions directed to Midway College, Office of Advancement, 512 East Stephens Street, Midway, KY 40347, UK Children’s Hospital, PO BOX 34184, Lexington, KY 40588, or The Blue Grass Community Foundation, 499 East High Street, Suite 112, Lexington, KY 40507.
To share a remembrance of Rusty or offer condolences to his family, please visit milwardfuneral.com.
Dear Joy....Larry and I are both so sorry to learn that your Dad has passed on. He was truly a fine man and will be missed by so many in the Lexington community. We are thinking of you. Sheppy Kerr-Jude
Joy: I was so sorry to read of the death of your father. I was hoping to get to see him at Mayfair but not to happen during these times. I would have been at the visitation but we are on vacation and don’t get home until late Sunday night. My sympathies go out to you and know he will be missed as a wonderful and beloved member of the Lexington community. Blessings, Carolyn
To the Family of "Rusty" Hembree, It was my great luck to be seated next to Rusty at the Holly Hill Trustees dinner after first coming onto the Board of Trustees at Midway University. I got seated right next to him another time as well. I absolutely adored him. He had some wonderful stories, was always in great character, and reminded me so well of all the great qualities of the men of his generation. While I did not know Joy, his wife, I'm happy to know that they are together again, and know that they were both so passionate about Midway University, making me proud to be a part of Midway to follow their example and Leadership. My thoughts are with you. Sincerely, Linda Pavey Midway University BOT Member
Joy, my condolences. My father thought very highly of your folks and I often visited with Rusty on Sunday mornings. What a full and accomplished life. May your memories be sweet and enduring.
Sherry Sallee Holmessays
Joy, You were so blessed to have parents like Rusty and Joy! I feel so blessed that both were a part of my life and were so special to me. John and I talked with your Dad at church before the lock down. He was his loving and humorous self and we had a nice chat as usual. Prayers that sweet memories will give you peace! Sherry
Paula and Fred Popesays
We send our deepest condolences to you on Rusty’s passing. The description of “a gentleman and a scholar” is befitting this kind man. We are keeping your family on our hearts at this sad time. Fred and Paula Pope