In Loving Memory

Earl L. Hershberger

September 12, 1935 - March 6, 2022


Earl L. Hershberger, 86, formerly of Gulf Breeze, died quietly at his home in Daphne, AL on March 6, 2022.

Earl was born to Olive (Metzgar) and George Hershberger on September 12, 1935, and was the last surviving sibling of Melvin, Glenn and Janet (Korber).  He is survived by his wife, Jean Ann (Phillips) of 60 years; daughters, Beth (Dirk) Navarro, and Mary (Daniel) Cooper; grandson, Zakary Goldhagen; six nieces and five nephews.

Earl was born and raised in Johnstown, PA and served in the US Army post Korea, and was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown with a BA in Economics.  Earl’s career was in the grocery business as a buyer with various food supply chains.  Earl served on many church committees, as an elder, and was a past President of the Congregation of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Pensacola.  He was a lifelong Lutheran and was currently a member of Ascension Lutheran Church in Daphne.  Earl enjoyed Bible studies, being outside in his yard, and was an accomplished wood worker.  

He was always a devoted husband and family man.  Earl was a quiet man who persevered through life and never complained.  Yes, Dad, we will “be careful.”

Special thanks to the nurses and care provided by Alabama Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in his memory to Alabama Hospice or Ascension Lutheran Church School.

Funeral service will be Friday, March 11, 2022, at Ascension Lutheran Church, 8888 County Road 64 in Daphne, AL, at 11:00 AM, with Rev. Ralph Hough officiating.  The family will receive friends for a time of visitation beginning at 10:00 AM.

Interment, with military honors, will be Monday, March 14, 2022, at the Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spanish Fort, AL, at 10:00 AM.

Expressions of condolence for the family may be made at Hughes Funeral Home, Daphne, AL, is assisting the family.


  1. David Cousins

    Uncle Earl, you will be missed greatly. As a child I was always excited to go to your house. My fondest memories are of the time we got to make those wooden guns that shot rubber bands with you. Thank you for making a kid’s time with his uncle fun and memorable. Love your nephew David

  2. Thomas H Dozier

    We will always remember Earl’s kindness to us and quick wit. Our prayers are with you Jean, Beth and Mary.

    With Love,

    Tom and Crista

  3. Tim and Dianne Gellner

    Our prayers and thoughts are with the Hershberger family and extended family members. He was truly a gentle and kind man and will be missed by all who knew him. Tim and Dianne Gellner

  4. Sheila Smith

    My heartfelt condolences to the Family of Earl Hershberger. What a kind and sweet gentleman.
    Earl, Jean and family sat behind me in church many a Sunday at Immanuel Lutheran, Pensacola, Fl.. i So missed them when they moved.
    Dear family, you are in my thoughts and prayers today and in the days ahead. Caring thought and prayers for you all.
    Sheila Smith


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