He was a native and lifelong resident of McMinn County, a member of New Zion Baptist Church and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
He was preceded in death by one grandson, Richard Jett Hammonds; father, Morris Gladstone Hammonds; daughter-in-law, Tammy Faye Hammonds; and brother-in-law, Jim Constant.
Survivors include his wife, Ann Hammonds, of Athens; three sons and daughters-in-law: Chuck and Jennifer Hammonds of Cleveland, Dutch and Laura Hammonds of Athens, and Casey and Donna Hammonds of Etowah; mother, Neva Hammonds of Etowah; grandchildren: Amber Dawn Kerr, Dustin Wayne Kerr, Charlie Hammonds, Hannah Hammonds, Shelby Hammonds, Jacob Hammonds, Savannah Hammonds, Dakota Hammonds, and Annebelle Hammonds; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be held at 8 p.m. today, Jan. 27, 2012, in the South Chapel, of Bordwine Funeral Home in Etowah, with the Revs. Michael Coleman and Richard Barnes officiating.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 this evening prior to the service.
The family and friends will assemble Saturday at New Zion Cemetery for the 10 a.m. committal service with military honors.
You may sign the guest registry at www.bordwinefuneralhome.com.