H.D. “Dewey” Hummel
H.D. “Dewey” Hummel passed away peacefully at home in Greenville, S.C. on March 25, 2012, with his wife, Phyllis, the love of his life, nearby.
They were married in 1949 in Hollywood, Calif. on the national radio show, Bride & Groom. They returned to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. where they made their permanent home until he retired in 1987, at which time they moved to Greenville.
They built their summer home in the Happy Acres community of Transylvania County in 1957, where they continued to spend significant time there, as well, for the past 55 years.
He was an extraordinarily humble man who accomplished much and gave freely to others, doing so with little fanfare or recognition. A precision craftsman who could build a home without blueprints, he was a retired general contractor and past president of the Broward Builder’s Exchange in Ft. Lauderdale.
For decades he was also a veritable one-man Habitat for Humanity, devoting his Saturdays to building and repairing homes for low-income families.
He truly loved the natural beauty of the mountains of North Carolina and the small town charm of Brevard. In fact, a perfect day to him in his retirement years might begin with a morning hike in the woods, continue with an afternoon visit to the old Ayers store or Walter Cantrell’s antique shop, and then finish up in the evening on the porch of his cabin, listening to a pileated woodpecker in the distance.
He was past board chairman at Park Temple United Methodist Church in Ft. Lauderdale, as well as a member of both Buncombe Street United Methodist Church in Greenville and St. Timothy United Methodist Church in Brevard. He was clearly a man of deep and abiding faith, as evidenced by the way that he lived his life and treated others. He genuinely believed that with death comes eternal life and his heart was certainly filled with unbridled joy when he was reunited in heaven with his first son, Mikey, who passed tragically at age 4 in 1956.
His parents, Louis and Nilah, of Portland, Ind ., also preceded him in death.
He is survived by his wife, Phyllis; daughter, Michelle Hyatt (Tom) and grandsons, Jonathan and Joseph, of Greenville, S.C .; son, Kevin (Shellie) and granddaughter, Katelyn, of Lighthouse Point, Fla .; son, Terry (Maureen) and grandson, Ryan, of Knoxville, Tenn .; sister, Vivian Brewster (Pete), of Peculiar, Mo .; sister, Lois Forte (Joe), of Detroit, Mich .; and his brother Greg (Bessie), of Portland, Ind. and their families.
Per his final wishes, he was buried on Palm Sunday next to his son, Mikey, at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Ft. Lauderdale.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Timothy United Methodist Church, 1020 Asheville Hwy, Brevard, NC 28712.