Torrence Eli Hemby, Jr. ’50

Torrence Eli Hemby, Jr. ’50, of Charlotte, N.C., died peacefully on Dec. 6 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Born in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 2, 1925, Torrey was the son of the late Torrence Eli Hemby, Sr. and May Beverly Hemby. He is also preceded in death by his beloved wife, Hilda Wiseman Hemby, his brother, Alex Dawson Hemby, and his granddaughter, Ashlan Hemby Burnett. Torrey loved his family with all his heart. He taught his loved ones the importance of taking care of each other and staying in touch with one another on a daily basis. He strongly believed in supporting civic, religious, and charitable organizations. He had a kind heart and a generous spirit, especially when he knew his philanthropic efforts would benefit the children of his community and state. He attended Davidson and proudly served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Wisconsin during World War II. He joined Standard Trucking Company, a family business, in 1950 and later served as president and chairman of the board until he sold the company in 1980. He formed Hemby Investments and Beverly Crest Corporation, serving as president of both until his retirement. Torrey was a member of the board of directors of American Bank and Trust of Monroe, First Union National Bank of Charlotte, and the YMCA of Charlotte. Additionally, he served on the Presbyterian Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees. He was a lifelong member of Myers Park Presbyterian Church, where he served as a deacon, an elder, and a member of the endowment committee. In his younger years, Torrey loved fishing aboard his boat, The Windsong, and he was a proud member of the United States Tuna Team. He also enjoyed many years of bird and duck hunting with good friends. Some of his fondest memories included the dove shoots that he hosted on his farm. Torrey was an avid golfer for most of his life. He is survived by his sister, Beverly Hemby Leahy; daughter, Sandy Burnett, 1135 Milton Hall Pl., Charlotte, NC 28270-9522; daughters, Bevie Hemby and Alexa Amick (Steve); and six beloved grandchildren and great-granddaughter, Molly Burnett, Alan Burnett, Missy Sheaff, Alec Sheaff, Suzie Amick, Torrey Tennant (Emily), and Dawson Amick.