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Florence - Funeral service for Mr. Henry Herling Hepburn, Jr. will be conducted 12 Noon Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at St. John's Episcopal Church, 252 S. Dargan St., Florence. Interment will follow at Florence National Cemetery with the Veterans Honor Guard, directed by Smith Funeral Home of Florence, LLC.

Mr. Hepburn, was born in Tampa, FL, son of the late Henry Herling Hepburn, Jr. and Camille Saunders Hepburn. He died on Thursday, May 17, 2018.

Mr. Hepburn completed his high school and college education in the City of Tampa and the State of Florida, with the degree in Hospitality Management and Business Adminstration. Mr. Hepburn was employed with Atlantic Coastline Railroad which merged into Seaboard Coastline later to become Amtrak Transportation System during his tenure. Mr. Hepburn retired as a Board Service Supervisor.

Mr. Hepburn served his country well. He was a Veteran of the United States Navy. He loved participating in sports, Tennis, Golf, Hunting and Bowling. Mr. Hepburn served in many leadership Capacities in various Civic and Community Organization. To mention a few, the United Way Board, the Florence Tax Appropriation Committee, Florence Civic Center Commission, Florence Civitans, Board of Directors Florence Boys Club, S.C. Mental Health Commission and Pee Dee Mental Health Commission.

He was married to Mary Cater Hepburn.

Mr. Hepburn was an active member of St. John's Episcopal Church where he served as a member of the Vestry and for years as the Coordinator of  Ushers.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Hepburn was preceded in death by three sisters, Scotia Margie Williams, Martha Gail and Camille Williams; five brothers, Leroy Hepburn, Howard Heyburn, Harvey Hepburn, Harold Hepburn and Samuel Hepburn all of Tampa, FL.

Those left to cherish his memories, his wife, Mary Cater Hepburn of the home; one daughter, Barbara (Benjamin) Ford of Hopewell, VA; a myriad of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Family visitation will be held from 6PM-7PM Monday evening, May 21, 2018 at J.O. & Annette Smith Memorial Chapel, 307 S. Johns St., Florence and other times at the home, 707 Maynard Ave., Florence.

Memorials may be made to St. John's Episcopal Church, 252 S. Dargan St., Florence, SC 29501

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  • Saturday, May 19, 2018
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Smith Funeral Home of Florence
  • Monday, May 21, 2018
    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Hepburn. Thoughts and prayers are rendered during this time of transition. God Bless!
    ~ Lennette C. Diggs   Florence, SC
  • Sunday, May 20, 2018
    Mrs. Hepburn, I'm praying for you and your family,God bless all of you.
    ~ Gail Graham   Florence, SC
  • Tuesday, May 22, 2018
    Dear Family, please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. May you think of the many beautiful memories that Mr. Henry, left to cherish. May the God of all comfort caress your hearts with his loving promise to reunite you together again in the future Paradise when he will bring an end to sickness, pain and even death. (Revelation 21:4, 5) We will keep you in our prayers. (Acts 24:15) God knows the many tears that you cry.
    ~ Denise   Greenville, SC
  • Monday, May 21, 2018
    To Barbara and Family: Our deepest condolences. May GOD comfort, strengthen and keep you doing this most difficult time.
    ~ Deacon Michael & Belilnda Piercy   Petersburg, VT
  • Friday, May 25, 2018
    Accept our heartfelt sympathy in your recent loss. May you find strength and comfort from the words of Nahum 1:7 Which reads: “Jehovah is good, a stronghold in the day of distress. He is mindful of those seeking refuge in him.” Yes, our loving God is there for us if we allow him to help (1 John 5:14). He didn't intend for us to grow old and die. He thus has made the SURE promise of a resurrection RIGHT HERE ON EARTH when it is restored to a beautiful paradise (Psalms 37:9-11, 29; Acts 24:15; Isaiah 55;11). Can you see yourself welcoming back to life your loved ones? What a joy it will bring all of us! You can go online to JW.ORG and find out more about this resurrection.
    ~ R&R Lopez
  • Thursday, May 24, 2018
    God will sustain you with his "right hand of righteousness" during this difficult time and through each passing day. Isaiah 41:10 says: "Do not be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be anxious, for I am your God. I will fortify you, yes, I will help you, I will really hold on to you with my right hand of righteousness". Isaiah 41:13; I "am grasping your right hand, the One (God) saying to you,...'I will help you'". Please accept my sincere condolences. Always remember God loves you and he cares for you! (Psalm 36:7; 1 Peter 5:7)
    ~ Rachel Morton