A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today at First United Methodist Church of Gadsden for Robert Paul Hammons Jr., 79, of Gadsden, who passed away Thursday, May 2, 2013. The Rev. Harvey Beck will officiate, with the family receiving friends in the hour prior to the service. Cremation services were provided by Morgan Funeral Chapel and Crematory.
Robert was born April 15, 1934, in Etowah County. He was a member of the class of 1952 of Etowah High School. He loved his school, his many friends and sports, especially football. He played on two State Championship teams. After school, he joined the Navy and served with the Naval Aviation Unit during the Korean War
. His working career began in the Aerospace industry with Lockheed in Georgia and Martin Marietta with the Titan Missile program in Colorado and California. After many exciting years in the Aerospace Industry, he changed careers and joined the Pillsbury Company. He loved his work and the many friends he made during this time. He retired as Regional Sales Manager in 1989 and returned to Gadsden, reuniting with old friends and making many new ones. These friends, along with our church family, have been a source of joy and many blessings.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Clenzie Hammons; daughter, Pamela Dunn; sisters, Mary Garner, Carolyn Cornutt; and brother, Benny Hammons.
He is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Juanita; daughter, Debra (Pat) Herrera; son, Robert (Kelly) Hammons; grandson, David M. Yarbrough; granddaughter, Leslie (Adam) Peek; great-grandsons, Tristan and Troy Peek; sisters, Elaine (Larry) Cook, Diane Hundley; brother-in-law, Bill Cornutt; many nieces and nephews; and special pet, "Little Bit."
Special thanks to the many doctors, nurses and Gentiva Home Health & Hospice Care for their care. Special thanks also to the many friends and loving family during this long journey of life.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Robert to First Methodist Church of Gadsden.
Robert was loved and admired and will be greatly missed.