Obituary of Richard Hammond, Jr.

The Winona Times
Nov. 1, 2001

    Richard Hammond Jr., the second son of Richard C. Hammond and Addie G. Bledsoe was born, October 10, 1924 and departed this life on October 8, 2001 at the age of 76 in Meadowbrook Manor Nursing Home of Bolingbrook. Funeral services were held at Alpha Missionary Baptist Church in Bolingbrook, Ill. on Oct. 14, and interment was held at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, a veterans’ cemetery, in Joliet, Ill. with full military honors. The Rev. William M. Rorer, pastor of Alpha Baptist Church in Bolingbrook officiated at the services with James Funeral Home of Aurora, Ill. in charge of the arrangements.

    Mr. Hammond grew up in the Carrollton, Miss. area and later moved to Winona where he attended Winona Community High School. Over the years he faithfully served in various capacities as a member of Haven United Methodist Church of Winona until his illness and subsequent move to Bolingbrook, Ill. where he attended Alpha Missionary Baptist Church. A long time resident of Winona, Mr. Hammond had worked at Gerard Chevrolet, J.A. Olson Company and was owner and operator of Hammond’s Upholstery Shop. During World War II he served his country in the U. S. Army as a member of the 187th 1st Engineer Aviation Battalion in New Guinea, Southern Philippines and Luzon where he earned the Philippines Liberation Ribbon with one Bronze Star. After his honorable discharge from military service, he met and married his wife of 51 years, Nettie Small who preceded him in death. To that union were born three children, Charles (Anne) Hammond of Bolingbrook, Ill.; Charlene Loretta Hammond of Buffalo, N.Y.; and Richard (Cynthia) Hammond Ill of Buffalo, N.Y.

    He also leaves behind thoughts of cherished memories with his ten brothers and one sister, Guy Hammond of Pachuta, Miss.; Paul (Martha) Hammonds, John (Lena) Hammond and Gene Hammond of Philadelphia, Pa; James O. (Erma) Hammond of Council Bluffs, lowa; Otis (Glenda) Hammond of Akron, Ohio; James L. (Helen) Hammond of Memphis, Tenn.; Aretha (Sam) Jones, Willie Earnest (Ora Del) Hammond, Chester Earl (Beulah) Hammond, and MacArthur (Emmer) Hammond of Winona; four grandsons; one granddaughter and numerous nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

    Affectionately known as “Junior,” Richard was the kind of person who unselfishly shared whatever he had to help others.



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