Lemuel Luther Hatfield, 96, of Memphis, MO, died Thursday, February 6, 2014, in the Scotland County Care Center.
He was born November 9, 1917 , the son of Edward G. and Grace M. (Gorman) Hatfield, in Scotland County, MO near Crawford.
He was married to Marjorie Anita Chambers, daughter of Glen A. and Helen M. (Kutzner) Chambers, on August 19, 1942 at Mount Vernon, MO. She preceded him in death on February 6, 2008.
Lemuel attended grade schools in Scotland County. He accepted Christ as his Savior as a young man and soon felt the calling to enter the ministry. He attended college at Hannibal LaGrange and graduated there in 1949. He was pastor of several churches in this county until he moved to Texas in 1950. He attended Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas to continue his studies and obtained his BA degree.
He and his family returned to Missouri where he was pastor in a number of churches, and then moved to Fredonia, Kansas. Later they returned to Missouri after his retirement and lived in Springfield, MO until moving to Memphis in 2007.
Lemuel was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie; his parents and brothers, Elmo, Mason, Leo, Elmer, Ross,Stanley, and Melvin Hatfield; and four sisters, Izetta Nahra and Michelene Rita Derksen, Almeta V. Mathes and Wanetta Mathes.
He is survived by his sons, Eugene Lynn Hatfield and wife Kim of Springfield, MO and Alan Dwayne Hatfield and wife Sandy of Chanute, Kansas; granddaughter Terry Hatfield Nix and husband Terry of Orlando, FL; grandsons, Kurt Hatfield and wife Sara of Rockledge, FL and Kris Hatfield and wife Kara of Hollister, MO; sisters-in-law, Laverne Hatfield, Wilma D. Hatfield, Sarah Hatfield, Bonnie Hatfield, Verlee Dauma, Virginia Woods, and Glenna Tolliver; and a multitude of other relatives, greatgrandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 from 10 a.m. until the time of service in the First Baptist Church in Memphis.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 11 a.m. in the First Baptist Church in Memphis with Reverend Kenneth Mathes officiating and assisted by Pastor Dan Hite. Special music will be performed by soloist Schelle Cooley, assisted by pianist Pam Blaine. The songs will be “Precious Memories” and “In the Sweet Bye and Bye.” Pallbearers will be Rodney Hatfield, Danny Mathes, Leslie Mathes, Rud Wilson, Darrell Monroe and Troy Barrett. Burial will be in the Gorin Cemetery, Gorin, MO.
Memorials are suggested to the First Baptist Church in Memphis and may be left at or mailed to Gerth Funeral Service, 115 S. Main, Memphis, MO 63555.