Oliver Lee Hammond Jr., 77, a resident of Decatur, passed away Saturday, March 9, 2013, at his residence.
He was a member of Mount Carmel United Methodist Church. He was a volunteer for the CPD Public Service Unit and a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). He was a private pilot for more than 40 years. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Oliver Lee Hammond Sr. and Gladys Hammond; and a son, Gary Lane Hammond.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Carol Hammond; four children — son, Mike Hammond and wife, Sue, of Georgetown; daughters: Vicky Price and husband, Tony, of Memphis, Lisa Beckler and husband, Jerry, of Ocoee, and Lori McKay of Cleveland; 12 grandchildren: Mike Hammond Jr. and wife, Traci, Chad Hammond and wife, Dorothy, Joe Hampton and wife, Vicky, Chris Gumm, Bridget Gumm, Sean Price, Trea Price, Dustin Woods, P.J. McKay, Meagan Jones and husband, Jay, Montana Crisp and Roy Crisp; six great-grandchildren: Connor Hampton, Peyton Hampton, Bryce Hammond, Malachi Woods, Alexis Ward, Sterling Jones, and a special friend, Joey Little; and siblings: Nell Steckman and husband, Ray, of Norfolk, Va., Richard Hammond of Lufkin, Texas, Elaine Hammond of Hendersonville and Bob Hammond of Cleveland.
A Celebration of Life service will be held today, March 12, 2013, at 7 p.m. in the chapel of Ralph Buckner Funeral Home with the Rev. Hugh Bryan and Dr. Ralph Rivers officiating.
A private family interment will be Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at Johnston Cemetery.
Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Hammond Jr., Chad Hammond, Joe Hampton, Dustin Woods, Chris Gumm, P.J. McKay, Jay Jones, Sean Price, Trea Price, Connor Hampton, Adam Hammond and John Collins.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 this evening at the funeral home prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Mount Carmel United Methodist Church Youth Group, 355 Lake Haven Circle, Decatur TN 37322.