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Visitation: Wednesday evening from 5 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home
Celebration of Life Ceremony: 8 p.m. Wednesday, January 5, 2022, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home
Private interment will take place later in Clay City Cemetery.
Dallas Jean Franklin Hemphill, age 82, of Flora, Illinois, passed away Monday morning, January 3, 2022, at her home.
She was born September 10, 1939, in Sailor Springs, the daughter of Roy C. and Doris E. (Hunley) Franklin. She was united in marriage to William “Bill” Hemphill on January 11, 1958, Flora, and together they shared 39 wedding anniversaries until his death May 18, 1997. She later remarried Clair R. Land and he preceded her in death.
Dallas loved to travel and spend time at her home in Florida. She enjoyed dancing, playing Pinochle, golfing with friends, and spending time with her family. She was strong in her faith and belief in Christ.
She is survived by three daughters: Diane Hemphill (Trudy Lambird) of Flora, Linda (Bill) Waller of Louisville, and Stacey (Jim) Earleywine of Flora; 4 grandchildren: Travis (Tyla) Knapp, Mac (Paige) Earleywine, Connor Earleywine, and Alexis Waller; 3 great-grandchildren: Adley, Jack, and Zuri, and an eagerly anticipated great-grandbaby on the way; 2 brothers: Gary “Butch” (Becky) Franklin of Clay City and R.C. (Joann) Franklin of Clay City; a brother-in-law: Don Cunningham of Olney; special companion: Bob Dow of Xenia; along with nieces, nephews, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; both husbands; and siblings: Floyd L. Franklin, Barbara Cunningham, and Mark B. Franklin.
A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday, January 5, 2022, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home with Jim Earleywine officiating. Private interment will take place later in Clay City Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday evening from 5 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home. The preferred form of remembrance are memorial donations to either Clay County Cancer Crusaders, Clay County Hospice, Fur A Good Paws, or any charity of the donor’s choice and these will be accepted through the funeral home. To share a condolence or memory, visit: www.frankandbright.com
Stacy Diane Linda we are so sorry for your loss. We consider ourselves lucky to have known her. We will always cherish the memories of our cruises together and our Florida trip. She was a great person with a beautiful smile and a big heart ❤️ Heaven has gained a beautiful angel 👼
Diane, Stacy, and Lynda, I am so sorry to hear the passing of your mother. I loved her dearly. We have had so many great times together. She always made me feel so like one of the gang. I miss her already. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Sorry for your loss. Prayers of comfort for all the family and friends.
Diane, I am sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. It sounds like she was having a good life. Love to you and your family.
Diane, Stacy, Linda Losing your mom is extremely difficult because you are losing a source of strength, stability and consistency in your life. I will pray that God will grant you all the strength and the wisdom that your mom once provided to you and your families. Hugs from Jaz and I!
Diane, Linda and Stacey, My sincere condolences go out to you and your families for the loss of your sweet mom. May your memories ease your grief over the coming days.
We are so so sorry to of your loss. Love you all. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
My thoughts and prayers go out to Stacey , Diane and Linda...Im so very sorry for the loss of your mother....you girls were a blessing to your mom. May God comfort you at this time
Dallas will always be remembered as a special friend who was so enjoyable to spend time with. She was fun and had a laugh that was contagious. She made you smile and happy to being in the moment. I will miss my friend that I enjoyed from very young age to present.
My condolences to her family .
So sorry for your loss!
So very sorry for your loss. Prayers for all her family
I remember the Franklins as our neighbors on Shadwell. Dallas always smiled and was friendly to us young neighbors across the street. Anytime I saw her, she always smiled. A good memory of her.
Thinking of the family in the days ahead. Dallas was such a sweet strong willed lady. Our heart felt condolences to the entire family.
Diane, Stacey & Linda, prayers of comfort and peace for all of you. Dallas was such a sweetheart.
Oh girls, I'm so sorry!!. I know her passing was expected but never is it easy!
Diana, Linda and Stacey, We are so sorry for your loss. Your mother was a very kind and wonderful lady. May the peace and comfort of Jesus Christ be with your family through is time of sorrow and for days ahead.
Heaven is gaining another sweet angel. Hugs to Dallas’ girls and their families plus the Franklin brothers.
So sorry for your loss Dallas was a great neighbor and friend she will be missed
I have never been good with words but seldomly in life you meet people like Dallas, a real gift for anyone who was fortunate enough to know her... She has opened her home to me and raised me like if I was her own kid... Supported me when I needed it and punished me when it was needed. I have grown old in the meantime but still to this date I always look up to her as an example... I have been blessed by having the chance to meet her and live with her for a while: Thank God. My deepest condolences to Diane, Linda and Stacey. .. "the girls" as she always called them. Words don't always cut it and this is one of those instances but I am sure that she will be missed so much by everybody. Mi manchi tanto "mamma"...
Diane, Linda, and Stacy I am so sorry to hear that your mom has passed. I just know that her and your dad are getting all caught up. Hugs and prayers for you girls.
We are so very sorry for your loss. What a fun loving, sweet lady. I bet Heaven is filled with hugs, kisses and a lot of fun right now. Prayers for strength and comfort to each family member.
We are so sorry for your loss. Prayers of peace and comfort for you all.
Thoughts and prayers to all. Praying for strength and comfort in your many days ahead.
Dallas will be remembered for her style, intelligence and wit. She could hang tough with her brothers and turn out in the most feminine attire. Go with God's speed Dallas, you've got lots of love waiting for you.
Dallas was a special part of our family over the last several years. Praying for each of you during this difficult time.
Our hearts are hurting today as we hear this news...We were honored to have Ms. Dallas as a friend for so many years. She was always a hoot, and she would always tell you exactly what was on her mind. This is a tremendous loss for your family...but she still shines thru in you girls. I can see her in each one of you. Continued prayers and prayers of peace and comfort in the coming days. Sending big hugs....
dear Dallas, I remember everything from the days spent at your house with Stefano, I remember your smile, your bright eyes, my first mash mellows on the fire, the warmth of your family and Bill. thank you for the love you have given, I am sure that now you will be with those who loved you and remember to look down every now and then .. even in Italy , with love
So sorry for your loss, but you know their is o suffering where she is now. Praise God.
I've known Dallas and her family for many years she came from a hard-working family both the Franklin's and the Hempill's. My condolences and prayers go to the entire families.
We are sorry for your loss. Prayers for her family.
Thoughts and prayers for all.
Dallas was a spunky and classy lady who had a contagious laugh. She was always smiling and was such an optimistic person. She will be missed very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with Diane, Linda, Stacy and their families. Prayers for Jim as he conducts the service. RIP Dallas❣️
This is so sad and there's really nothing I can say to make any of you feel better. Just know that there are many thinking of you in this time of such sadness. She was such sweet lady prayers to you all for comfort.
Dallas was an attractive and first-class lady. You girls were lucky to have such a great mom. (She also had a lot of patience with a bunch of rowdy girls at slumber parties!) Prayers for peace and comfort.
Dallas,was a lovely lady an good friend,she will be missed,i loved her sweet smile rest in peace.-Melissa Dallas,was a wonderful friend to me i will miss all of the fun,the talks,the shopping trips,an more with you,rest in peace until we meet again my friend-love from Shirley/Jim
Stacy and Jim sorry for your loss our prayers go out to you and your family from Judy and i .
Linda, Diane and Stacy. We are so sorry to learn about Dallas. She was a special lady. We value our memories of her and will always treasure them. Sending prayers.
So sorry hear about your loss.
When my son Stefano left his family and Italy to get Flora he was a young kid. When three years later Stefano came back to Italy he was a young mature man, ready to face university and his future life. The credit for this mainly belongs to you Dallas, as Stefano just wrote, and I have always been grateful to you and Bill: for these reasons I'll never forget you, for me you will always be the "american mom" of Stefano. Sorry for my bad english Dallas, but my feelings come from deep inside me,
Dallas was very kind and giving person whom loved her family and friends dearly! She lived life to the fullest each day and enjoyed all her blessing that our Lord had bestowed upon her! She made such a positive impact on each person that was in her life.She always had a Smile for everyone! She will truly be missed! The world lost a very dear lady and Heaven gained a loving Angel! Linda,Stacey and Diane please know you all are in my thoughts and prayers ,Love you all.
My condolences to the Franklin and Hemphill families. She will be truly missed by all.
My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time. I so enjoyed sharing some good stories and laughs with Dallas. She will be missed.
Sincerely sorry for your loss. Prayers of comfort during this difficult time.
Our prayers are with you all
Sending prayers and hugs to all family.
I will always cherish the fond memories of classmate Dallas! My prayers and condolences to the family.
My Thoughts and Prayers are with each of you. For the Love she had for her family and Friends will Never be forgotten. I had the privilege of spending a day weekly with Dallas when I cleaned for her. Those times I will ALWAYS cherish. We had many laughs, deep talks and much Love. The respect I had for such a BEAUTIFUL, Caring, Loving women no one will ever know. She was truly one of the BEST. Many Prayers for you all in the days to come. Love Kim❤
We are so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers go out to her family
So sorry to hear of this great loss. May she rest on peace while the family seeks comfort and understanding. God bless you all.
We went to school with Dallas and our friendship continued thru the years. Thoughts and prayers for the family.
Dear Diane, Linda, and Stacey, What can anyone do to offer sympathy when you lose your mother? No one can replace your mother. Dallas was larger than life, packed in a small shapely package. Ever since I was a child, I never saw her dressed in anything that wasn’t perfect. Always smiling, always full of energy, always ready to go or do anything! A ray of sunshine in everyone’s life. I am so sorry that Wylie and I missed her wake. We would have been there if we had known sooner. I take comfort knowing she and Uncle Bill will be together now. You. “Girls” hold each other tight now. Love, Wylie and Rita
Dallas was a great lady and will be missed dearly. To her family we share our love, our grace, and our support during this very difficult time.
so sorry for your families loss. prayers
My greatest memory of Dallas is when she was a H.S.Freshman. Back then, Floyd C. Smith was principal and I was the H.S. secretary. Together, from paper registrations, not designating male or female, we made the class assignments. On the first day of school, bewildered Dallas came in to the office to say she was in a boys P.E. class. After telling me her name, I assured her I would take care of it and she was relieved. I'll never forgot her short stature, barely tall enough to peer over the tall wood counter in the old office building at that time. Dallas was a sweet young lady and always remained that way all of her life. May she rest in peace. My condolences to her family.
Stacey so sorry about the loss of your momma
Diane, Linda, Stacey and Dallas's brothers, I so sorry to hear of Dallas's passing. I have known Dallas most of my life and though I have only seen her a few times in the more recent years, she always had a ready smile for me when I did. You girls may not remember but she and Bill were friends with my parents and I remember what great fun they all used to have on the Elks Bowling trips. I remember meeting you girls when you were little girls when we visited your home once with Mom and Dad. What fun they always had with my Mom and Dad and I know they loved the dances, as did my folks. You were truly blessed to have had her with you for so long and I know she will be missed by many, but am sure she and your Dad are dancing now at long last being reunited. She was a joy to know.
So sorry for your loss. I have many good memories of playing golf and cards with Dallas. She will be missed.
Girls I just read this. I am so very sorry. Don't hang your heads. You did all YOU could and she knew it. Prayers for all of you
We are so sorry for your loss!! Praying for you all! May God's comfort and peace be with you!!!
I have fond memories of the time we spent with your Mom and Dad back in the day. When we lived in Flora and were starting our families, we spent a lot of time together. Your mom was very special and caring.