Sri Hemanth Digumarthi
October 3, 1981 ~ June 11, 2022
Born in: Visakhapatnam, India
Resided in: Atlanta, GA
Sri Hemanth Digumarthi passed away at Piedmont Hospital on Saturday, June 11, 2022 at the young age of 40.
Hemanth was born in Visakhapatnam, India on October 3, 1981. He graduated from Edmond Santa Fe High in 1997, and went on to earn a degree in psychology from Oglethorpe University in 2002.
Hemanth was a well-respected and broadly experienced litigator. He is a former prosecutor for DeKalb Solicitor General’s office, where he tried dozens cases before criminal juries. He also worked as a civil litigator for both State Farm and Liberty mutual. Most recently, he worked as a personal injury lawyer for Cruz & Associates.
Hemanth was also a leader in our community, having served on the Board of The Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association (GAPABA) since 2015; as President his first year, and was a Board member for GAPABA Law Foundation. He was part of an exclusive delegation of attorneys representing the United States in Japan in the same capacity.
Hemanth enjoyed traveling the world with his wife. He was personable and full of compassion, and made an impact on everyone he met. He enjoyed connecting with friends and family, and was loved by all that knew him.
Hemanth is survived by his loving wife, Samantha Harrykissoon, of 13 years. Hemanth is lovingly remembered by his parents – Lakshmi and Hanu; brother and family – Hari, Praneetha, Neal and Mina; uncle and family – Ramji, Sippi, Pieter and Devi; Aunt and family – Satya, Babulu, Shreepal and Archana; parents-in-law – Doodnauth and Sukhranie; and brother-in-law and family – Rajesh and Paula; and numerous cousins and friends.
Prayers and remembrance will be offered from Wages & Sons Funeral Homes and Crematories at 1040 Main St, Stone Mountain, GA 30083 on Wednesday, June 15, 2022 at 11 a.m.
This will be followed by a private religious ceremony for immediate family.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Nicholas House http://nicholashouse.org.
Condolences for the family may be offered online at Wages & Sons Funeral Homes and Crematories.
I miss my friend Hemanth. He was always such a warm, gentle and generous individual. He served as President of the Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association (GAPABA) back in 2015, and on the board for a long time thereafter, as well as currently serving on the board of the GAPABA Law Foundation. Hemanth was at the helm at our 2nd Annual GAPABA Gala when we first held it at the Fernbank Museum. Among other things, Hemanth was instrumental in bringing to the GAPABA Board Justice Carla Wong McMillian, Supreme Court of Georgia, and his former colleague Quynh Truong-Johnson. He served as an Ambassador for our organization and legal profession for so many years. Most recently, he served as a faithful GAPABA Law Foundation Board Member and was on the Committee selecting the recent recipients of the GLF Law Student Public Interest Scholarships.
A former Assistant Attorney General, and Trial Attorney for State Farm, he most recently joined Quynh at Cruz & Associates Atlanta. He was only 40 years old, but made the most of all of his time with us. I can’t believe he’s gone, and am in shock. I cannot fathom the pain of his beloved wife, Samantha Harrykissoon. Life is precious. Let’s take some time to remember Hemanth.
I, and many of our friends, will dedicate our Peachtree Road Races this year to his memory. His wife Samantha requests that donations can be made under his name to one of his charities: Nicholas House, Inc., a non-profit agency that operates an emergency shelter and apartment sites for homeless families.
Ella L. Porter – I was assigned Hermanth as his Legal Assistant and he was the nicest person. I am so shocked about his passing. My sincere sympathy to his family. Gone but not forgotten. God Bless
Hemanth was a gentleman in every way. He was dedicated to his profession and his community. He was personable and had a smile that lit up a room, especially a courtroom. I will miss him and think of him often. I have never known him to have an unkind or unfriendly word for anyone. He has been helpful to me with little things and big things throughout my career. I will have a good thought for his entire family, and especially his wife, whom he adored.
Hemanth was a colleague of mine, and we handled cases opposite each other. He was the epitome of class, professionalism, and grace. His great skill was to see cases clearly, and recognize the path to justice. Hemanth was not interested in personal advancement at the expense of those facing prosecution and he was not interested in the power of his office. He was genuinely focused on rehabilitation and justice. He saw the good in everyone, even those he prosecuted. Every single person who ever met Hemanth knows the light and warmth of that giant smile he could flash at just the word “Hello.” I am shocked and saddened, and my most sincere condolences go out to his family. He will be dearly missed, but the legal community of Atlanta is greater for the time he was able to spend here.
With deep respect and admiration to a lovely person
Hemanth was a fine lawyer and a gentleman. I send my deep sympathy.
With deepest sympathy… keeping you in our prayers.
Hemanth will always be remembered as a wonderful person who made it his life’s goal to help people and make others happy! Condolences to Samantha and his family! He will be deeply missed!
We still remember Hemanth as a smart and active kid. He reached heights as to the expectations of his granny and parents. His sudden disappearance is shocking. May his soul rest in peace
I am so sorry and saddened to hear of Hemanth’s passing. I’ll never forget how kind and patient he was to me when I was a law student trying to figure out which path to pursue. His sincerity meant everything to me during that stressful period. Rest In Peace.
We send our sincerest condolences to the family of Hemanth. We will miss Diggy but will honor his memory by continuing in his legacy of service and the utmost professionalism.
Hemanth had the kindest soul. He was an inspiration to all in his gentleness and empathy. I met Hemanth10 years ago at my first GAPABA event. Hemanth was the first person who spoke with me at the event and he was so kind and encouraging to me, a new first year attorney at the time. When I left the event, I knew I had made a friend and Hemanth’s open kindness to me (a wallflower) was so appreciated. In his example, I have tried to greet and warmly welcome other wallflowers like he did for me. Hemanth will always be a pillar of our community. Along with Han, Trinh, and other dear friends, he will live on in our hearts. I will miss him dearly. <3
Hemanth, my brother… I have so many great memories with you since our childhood days. Words can’t express how much I miss you. Your calming voice, your laughter, and how you made everyone around you feel. You were the glue to our broken pieces. You made yourself available to listen and be the rock in our lives.
I can tell you countless stories about Hemanth’s care towards everyone. One story that will forever reside in my heart is from my stay with him in 2021. Hemanth and I went to the US Open matches in Atlanta. We were thirsty and decided to walk to a store nearby to get Gatorade. We ran into a parking attendant and Hemanth instantly connected with him. Is there anyone that Hemanth couldn’t connect with? We all spoke for a few minutes. At the end of our conversation, Hemanth asked the attendant if he wanted anything to drink. The attendant responded yes and we resumed our journey. We bought some snacks and drinks, including not one, but two for the attendant. In the checkout line, Hemanth complimented the clerk. After finishing at the grocery store, I asked him why he complimented her. He said “the way I see it, if I can just brighten someone’s day just a little bit, and if everyone did that, that’s all we need.” He was right… and he practiced this way of life. We delivered the Gatorade and of course Hemanth didn’t accept money from the attendant. This was Hemanth… helping strangers and brightening lives along the way. Hemanth made the world a better place.
I love you Hemanth and I will miss you dearly.
May Hemanth’s Soul be one with God. With Deepest Sympathies and Condolences to the Family.
Hemanth was like a little brother to me, yet, he was wise beyond his years.
Hemanth, his brother, my brother, and I met in Edmond, Oklahoma back in 1994 when he was just in 8th grade. All of us had similar challenges as we watched our collective immigrant parents work tirelessly to make ends meet and create a bright future for us. The four of us enjoyed playing basketball at the local park or just hanging out with one another. The 4 of us grew closer as his brother and I were roommates at University of Oklahoma and kept in touch through WhatsApp later on.
I have a lot of fond memories of Hemanth. In fact, those are the only type of memories I have of Hemanth.
As all of us grew older and got married and had kids, he ensured he spent time with us. In fact, he took several days from his life and traveled to Dallas from Atlanta to spend time with me, my wife, and the kids. He even cooked us upma so that we could get a little break from the daily grind of raising small kids.
He was young but he knew what was important. His life on Earth was short but he made a positive impact on everyone in that short time. He was wise beyond his years.
Hemanth, you were supposed to call me after your Michigan trip and I wish I could still be expecting that call from you. I will miss you, Hemanth, beyond what I can convey in words. Rest In Peace.
My sincere condolences to Samantha, uncle, auntie, Hari and rest of the family.
I am so sorry to hear of Hemanth’s passing. I enjoyed working with him at the Attorney General’s office.
He was a kind and generous person and had a smile that lit up the room.
My sincerest condolences to Samantha and the Digumarthi family. I’m so sorry to hear of Hemanth’s passing. I worked with Hemanth at the Attorney General’s Office. He was a joy to work with. He always had a smile, he was funny and we enjoyed talking about great restaurants to get Sushi. He was very kind, generous and an all around great guy. I will miss him.
I met Hemanth through NAPABA and always looked forward to running into him at the Convention. I first met him through his work with the Thomas Tang Moot Court competition. He always had a huge smile and never seemed frazzled even while dealing with all the stressful logistics of the competition. I am so shocked to hear of his passing and send my condolences to his family and friends.
I met Hemanth through his work organizing the NAPABA Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition at the 2011 Atlanta Convention. I enjoyed conversing with him at many NAPABA Conventions after that, too. He was a consummate professional, organized, calm, positive, and always so kind. This is just so sad; I am in tears. He was special and will be sorely missed. With deepest aloha, Sabrina Shizue McKenna, Hawaii Supreme Court
I only knew Hemanth these last few years, but his kindness and friendship will not be forgotten. I hope his family can have some comfort knowing the many lives he touched.
I met Hemanth at a GAPABA event while I was 1L at GSU. He took me out to lunch at some restaurant in Decatur and suggested that I apply for a summer internship with Judge Lopez, a position which at that time did not exist. Essentially, Hemanth went out of his way to create an internship for me. I got the internship with Judge Lopez, which later led to an internship with a law firm in the Fall semester and so on and so forth. I will always remember Hemanth’s kindness and that he set the ball rolling for my legal career.
Hemanth was the epitome of kindness! He was always thoughtful and respectful in our conversations, no matter the subject. I will miss him sorely! Sending my deepest condolences to Samantha and his family!
Hemanth was one of the first people I met when I started getting into tennis, back in 2019. He was always very kind and had a clever sense of humor. I’ll never forget how he affectionately named our team “Kiss My Ace” which we still use as our team name today!
Rest in peace, my friend.
We haven’t seen each other in so long but ill always remember my first time rock climbing in Altlanta with you and your brother- I was 10 years old. That trip was a highlight of my time in the US and I’m glad I got to spend time with you.
It’s been many years since and I’m glad we’ve kept in touch. Rest well, dear cousin. My wishes are with your parents, your extended family and your wife.
I am stunned by Hemanth’s sudden passing. I worked with Hemanth while he was employed with the Georgia Attorney General’s Office. He always seemed to have a smile on his face and was kind, generous, and easy to talk with. My condolences to his wife Samantha, his parents, and his other family members at this difficult time. Hemanth was a good soul.
There are no words….. Rest in Peace my dear friend……
I am so heartbroken. I worked with Diggy in the Solicitor’s Office and he was one of my favorite attorney’s to work with. He was a was wonderful attorney. Prayers for his wife and family. He will be missed.
Rest in peace, Hemanth. You will be missed.
Our deepest condolences to Digumarthi family
I’m deeply saddened to hear the Hemanth passed away. He was an amazing person and friend. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.
I’m sorry to hear about Hemant passing away. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
I am so shocked and saddened to learn of Hemanth’s passing. He was a such a a kind, gentle, and a genuinely good person. He was the person who would go out of his way to do any act of generosity. I will remember his warm smile and his laugh. He will be missed.
Our deepest condolences to Digumarthi Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family!
I am shocked and saddened by Hemanth’s passing. He was a wonderful, kind and gentle soul that had great compassion for others. My condolences to his family.
I am saddened to hear the news of Hemanth’s passing. Diggy was always kind, understanding and an awesome attorney while working in the DV Unit/ Solicitor General’s Office.. My prayers and love are extended to Hemanth’s family.
My heartfelt condolences to Hanu garu, Mrs. Lakshmi garu, Mrs. Samantha and family members. It is so sad to hear that such a talented person to die at this young age. I pray God to give strength to Hanu garu, Mrs. Samantha and family members to overcome this grief. May his soul rest in peace.
Our heartfelt condolences to Digumarthi family.
Syam & Shravanthi
We are so sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. May God bring comfort, strength and peace to your time of need.
My deepest condolences to you and your family. May God give you strength at this time.
I would like to offer my heartfelt condolences to Hemanth’s family. I met Hemanth at the NAPABA national convention in 2014 in Scottsdale as part of the State Farm contingent. I was first struck by Hemanth’s sense of humor. He was one of the funniest persons I had ever met, especially for being a lawyer. We immediately bonded over our love of food. In just 3 short days I felt I had a new friend for life. We saw each again at the 2015 NAPABA national convention in New Orleans and we had an even better time. Hemanth emailed me when he left State Farm and gave me his cell number because he wanted to visit Seattle and get together. Unfortunately, he never made it. In Hemanth’s honor I will keep his number in my phone forever.
I was so shocked and saddened beyond belief to hear of Hemanth’s passing. I live next-door to Hemanth and Samantha for a year and a half now.
Samantha, Hemanth and I met soon after I moved in and from that point on he and I frequently found ourselves talking over the fence about, well, everything – books, neighborhood news, life, business, family, yards, etc…
I immediately sensed Hemanth’s warmth and personable way that made me feel welcome in the neighborhood. And grateful to have such a good soul as my next-door neighbor.
I think he met my whole family as they would come to visit at different times – they all felt it too.. I always felt safe like I could count on him to be there if I needed anything since I lived alone. And I did end up needing him when I had a surgery and couldn’t walk my dog for a few weeks. He was always right there offering and walked him very regularly, saying it gave him joy to get to know my dog and making it so easy on me even in the middle of his own life and busy schedule.
There was not one time that I encountered him that he was ever in a rush and I always wondered at that rare quality.
I did not know that he had died but had started to worry about him because I have not seen him and his usual comings and going’s for quite a while. I actually had planned on texting him when I got in Saturday night to make sure he was OK. But my neighbor on the other side had just heard about it and texted me first. I am so shocked and sad and My heart goes out to Samantha, and his lovely parents who I met a few times. And family and close friends, of which he obviously had so so many. He was a compassionate good soul who clearly knew how to live his life well and make a difference for all he came in contact with. I will truly truly miss him.
Hemanth had a huge impact on me through his involvement in the Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition and the NAPABA Law Foundation. Hemanth was my cheerleader, advocate, and wonderful source of travel advice. I am thinking of Samantha and the rest of Hemanth’s family and the entire legal community he touched. Miss you, friend.
As a law student, venturing out beyond the law school to find comradery, he made me feel so welcome on the hike in which we both participated . I am saddened that I could not have had more time to know him. I pray the comfort of Christ for his family.
It has been quite some time since I saw or spoke with Hemanth. Today, I thought of him and decided to reach out, only to discover his passing. I practice law and have handled several cases against Hemanth. What a pleasure he was to work with and a joy to be around. He was a genuine, compassionate, and thoughtful person. We should all be more like him.
The most wonderful person I know. I’m sorry we never got a chance to reconnect. You will always be on my mind.