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John Hammond Sr.



REFORM, Ala. — John Austin “Hap” Hammond Sr., 93, died Feb. 15, 2013, at Fayette Medical Center. Services are Saturday at 11 a.m. at Unity Grove United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bobbye Hagler officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation is Friday from 6-8 p.m. at Skelton Funeral Home. Mr. Hammond was born Feb. 20, 1919, in Palmetto, Ala., to the late Hilton H. Hammond and Tinnie Babb Hammond. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was assigned to the SeaBees as a cook. He attended Livingston College, Jacksonville State, and the University of Alabama, where he worked on his master’s degree. He was a teacher at Coosa County High School in Rockford, Ala., where he taught history and biology. In 1950, he moved to Birmingham, Ala., and became a salesman for the Sears farm store. He took an early retirement and built a home on his old family farm in Palmetto. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Jerry Wyatt Hammond; brothers, Hawkins Hubert, Wyatt Fred and James Hammond; and sister, Ruby Atkins. He is survived by his wife, Hilton Vice Hammond; daughters, Linda Dickson and Ginger Boatwright; son, John Austin Hammond Jr.; three grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Jimmy Massey, David Hammond, Chester James, Tommy Orr, Sonny Boler, Jeremiah Hammond and Pat Irvin. Memorials may be made to Unity Grove United Methodist Church Building Fund.










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