Thomas John Hemmings

(NEWNAN, Ga.) Thomas John "T.J." Hemmings, 73, died Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 surrounded by loved ones.

The service celebrating T.J.'s life will be Saturday, Oct. 3. The family will receive family and friends on Saturday at the funeral home from noon to 2 p.m. EST before services begin at 2 p.m. EST with Bro. Darnell Teal officiating. The visitation and service will be held in the chapel of McKoon Funeral Home, 38 Jackson St., in Newnan, Ga. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Newnan.

T.J. was born July 19, 1947, in Carroll County, Ga., to the late Jesse Willis Hemmings and Vera Lester Hemmings. He fought in the Vietnam War as a member of the U.S. Army and earned the rank of sergeant and the National Defense Service Medal. Subsequently, he worked as a lab technician for more than 30 years at Nestle Purina in Fairburn, Ga.

Along with his parents, T.J. is preceded in death by his first wife, Sharon Kee Hemmings, and sisters, Frances Wright and Noveline Abner. He is survived by his wife, Debra Hemmings; children, Elliot Hemmings (Laura), Jimmy Hemmings (Jackie), Paul Turley (Julie), Matt Turley (Jessica) and Jesse Turley (Smitha); sister, Mavis Helton (Steve); and brother David Hemmings (Irene). He is also survived by nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and sweet puppy, Muffy.

Pallbearers will be Tommy Kee, Christopher Elliott, Brett Elliott, Samuel Turley, Silas Turley and Isaac Turley.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

McKoon Funeral Home, Newnan.

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