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Rural Health Group is remembering the legacy of longtime board member Thomas Hedgpeth who died last Thursday at the age of 95.    


Hedgpeth served on the RHG board for more than a decade and was the organization’s first and only Board Member Emeritus.  

“Relationships are everything. This lifelong philosophy was clearly apparent.  He had a long compassionate relationship with his community and Rural Health Group as evidenced by his dedicated service,” said RHG CEO Yvonne Long-Gee.  

She said the Hollister native will be remembered as a champion for rural healthcare and its mission to reach the underserved.  

He was also outspoken when it came to the needs of his community.  

In 2014, the Rural Health Group Clinic and Pharmacy in Norlina was named the Thomas O. Hedgpeth Health Center in honor of his dedicated service.  

“His quiet and respectful participation as a Rural Health Group board member made all who served with him, privileged to work beside him. He will be missed,” Long-Gee said.  

A visitation will be held this evening from 5 to 6 at Richardson Funeral Home, located at 607 South Main Street in Louisburg. 

Funeral services will be held Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Richardson Funeral Home.

He is survived by his wife, Lelah Hedgpeth of the home; three daughters, Charis H. Blackwell (Algia) and Pamela Sweet-Richardson, both of Rocky Mount, NC, Belinda H. Turner (Harvey) of Durham, NC; three sons, Olival “Oliver” Hedgpeth of Virginia Beach, VA, Deral Hedgpeth (Gloria) of Hollister, NC, C. Maurice Hedgpeth (Robbin) of Red Oak, NC; two sisters, Charlene Holley of Hampton, VA, Sandra Cooper (Nathan) of Sharpsburg, NC; six brothers, Verne Hedgpeth (Laurie) of Culpepper, VA, Leonard Hedgepeth (Gwendolyn) of Fayetteville, NC, Calvin Hedgpeth (Genn) of York, PA, Quinton Hedgpeth (Linda) of Nashville, NC, Donnell Hedgpeth (Gerri) of Hollister, NC, Michael Hedgpeth (Bridget) of Raleigh, NC; 21 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.