ARKON, Ohio — Jonesville native and former ACC powerhouse, Dickie Hemric, passed away on Thursday afternoon in Akron at the age of 83. Hemric was born on Aug. 29 in Jonesville where he attended Jonesville High School until 1952, before taking his talents to Wake Forest University where he was a standout player.
At Jonesville, Hemric was an All-State player. While at Wake, Hemric set scoring records and rebounding records that remained unbroken until 2006. Hemric scored 2,587 career points, and had 1,802 career rebounds. Hemric was also the all-time leader in free throws with 905, and was named as the ACC Athlete of the Year in 1954 and 1955.
After his impressive career at Wake Forest, Hemric was drafted by the Boston Celtics in the second round. Hemric played the power forward position for the Celtics for two seasons. In 1974, Hemric was inducted into the Wake Forest Hall of Fame, and he was selected to the 50th anniversary ACC men’s basketball team.
Hemric worked for more than 30 years with Goodyear Tire Company in Ohio. He is survived by his wife, Jan Hemric; and their children, Ned Jr., John Robert and Cindy Jolivette, along with seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A display at the Jonesville History Center honors Hemric’s success on and off the court.