BELMONT - James Arthur "Jim" Hammonds, 87, died May 2, 2014, at his residence.
He was a native of Benham, Ky., born Oct. 1, 1926, to the late Lloyd Marion and Stella Ramey Hammonds.
He is preceded in death by his parents, and he was the youngest of 11 siblings.
Jim was a member of Maranatha Temple Church, where he was very active in serving in the Lord. He enjoyed hunting, working in the yard and tak-ing care of his pool. Jim loved staying busy all the time. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army
82nd Airborne. He had retired from Euclid, Inc in Cleveland, Ohio with more than 25 years of service.
Jim was a loving husband, father and grandfather and a friend to all.
Survivors include his loving wife of 65 years, Donna Johnson Hammonds; his daughters, Deborah Bishop and husband Benny of Gastonia, Patricia Watson and husband Alan of Ohio, Traci Newton and husband Dr. Phillip Newton of Dunn, N.C.; his grandchildren, Jamie Vivolo and husband Dom-inic, Angie Sheppard and husband Joel, April Anderson and husband Brent, Lindsay Watson and fiancée Zach Underwood , Halle Watson, Lauren Peters and husband Scott, Hunter Newton and wife Rebekah, and Madison Newton; 12 great-grandchildren and his beloved dog, Marley
The family will receive friends from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at Maranatha Temple Church of God. A celebration of life service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at Maranatha Temple Church of God, 2435 Redbud Drive, Gastonia, NC 28056 with the Rev. Jeremy Burrell and Dr. Phillip Newton officiating.
Military honors will be rendered by the Gaston County Honor Guard.
Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested memorials to be made to Maranatha Temple Church of God, 2435 Redbud Drive, Gastonia, NC 28056.
Condolences may be made to www.withersandwhisenantfuneral.com.
Withers and Whisenant Funeral Home, 2916 Union Road, Gastonia, 704-864-5144 is serving the family.