ALBANY, Ga. - Mr. James "Jim" Thomas Hammons, 82, of Leesburg Health Care, formerly of Albany passed away Thursday, January 23, 2003, at Palmyra Medical Center. Graveside services will be held Monday, January 27, 2003 at 1 p.m., at Andersonville National Cemetery in Andersonville, with full military honors. Mr. Hammons was born and raised in Ryland, Ky. In 1939, prior to enlisting in the United States Marine Corps, he formed a band with his brothers called "Sleepy Jim and the Barn Owls" and they had their own radio program on WCKY in Cincinatti, Ohio. He served 30 years in the Marine Corps and served in WW II, Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War and received numerous military awards, including two Purple Hearts and being an expert marksman, received numerous pistol championships. He has lived in Albany for the past 44 years and retired from Civil Service in 1973. He was a member of Morningside United Methodist Church, VFW, and the U.S. Coast Guard Aux. Flotilla-13 out of Shellpoint, Fla. He is preceded in death by two sons, Gary W. Hammons and Jimmy Hammons. Survivors include wife, Imogene Aaron Hammons of Leesburg; daughter, Lisa Gay McClure of Leesburg; sons, Troy D. Hammons of Laurel, Md. and Charles T. Hammons of Marietta; sister, Juanita Drake of Clearwater, Fla.; nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Albany Community Hospice, P.O. Box 1828, Albany, GA 31703 or U.S. Coastguard Auxilliary-Flotill-13, c/o Sherry Alverson 19-Alversonway, Crawfordville, FL 32327. Hall & Hall Funeral Home; 229-883-3864.
The Augusta Chronicle January 26, 2003