Preacher Paul Vernon Hewett was born in Brunswick County on December 15, 1932 to the late Lewis and Ellen Hewett. Preacher Vernon Hewitt passed on to his heavenly home on the morning of October 22nd at his earthly home on Horseshoe Road. He was preceded in death by his loving and devoted wife of 57 years, Pauline Russ Hewett and his granddaughter, Mary Anne Singletary along with his “little buddy” and brother-in-law, Delbert Russ. Preacher Hewett is survived by his four children, Mary “Linda” Bryan (G.C.) of Bladenboro; Laura Davis (Charles) of Elizabethtown; Patsy Singletary (Jerry) of Bladenboro; and Danny Hewett (Debra) of Bahamas. He is also survived by ten grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
Preacher Vernon Hewett was a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend. His examples through farming, hunting and preaching had an impact on all those he encountered. The lessons he taught through his example and love will forever be remembered by his family and friends. Preacher Hewett was an avid bear hunter that spent many years in the woods building friendships through hunting. Many of his hunting buddies fondly referred to him as “Preacher”. Also, his family and friends knew he spent plenty of time taking care of his beloved hunting dogs. Although Preacher Hewett loved hunting, he loved the Lord more. He was saved in June of 1957 at a tent revival in Clarkton. He was called to preach in 1959 while being Superintendent at Clarkton Pentecostal Freewill Baptist Church. He went on to pastor for almost 57 years. He was the pastor at Lumberton Pentecostal Freewill Baptist Church (Lumberton), Welcome Pentecostal Freewill Baptist Church (Chadbourn),Tar Heel Pentecostal Freewill Baptist Church, Abe Branch Holiness Church and Bethlehem Holiness Church (Bladenboro).
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 6 pm at Bethlehem Holiness Church in Bladenboro with Rev. Joey Yeatts, Rev. John Cartrette and Rev. David Roper officiating service. The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the church fellowship hall. Burial will be held on Sunday, October 27th at 11 am in the Hewett Cemetery in Bladenboro.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bethlehem Holiness Church 9590 NC 131 Hwy Bladenboro, North Carolina 28320 or Community Home Care & Hospice 333 Jefferson Street Whiteville, NC 28472.
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