Michael E. Hammett
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Michael E. Hammett, 75, of Seneca, SC, died Tuesday, Dec. 3, at his residence.
Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12, at Trinity Baptist Church in Seneca, with Dr. Ryan Wilson officiating. The family with receive friends in the fellowship hall following the service.
Dr. Hammett was born Dec. 5, 1937, to Julius and Ernestine Gardner Hammett in Cowpens, SC. He graduated from Furman University and Auburn University, where he earned a PhD. He was associate professor at Auburn for 2 years, Professor of Mathematics at Furman for 37 years, and following retirement, taught as an adjunct math professor at Clemson University for 3 years.
On Aug. 29, 1959, he married his college sweetheart and love of his life, Martha Stagg. He loved teaching college and befriended many students. He had a heart particularly for those who struggled with math and was known for his patience with them. He enjoyed tinkering with Corvairs as well as jogging, racquetball, tennis, and exploring the outdoors. He was an active member of Trinity Baptist Church in Seneca, where most recently he served on the committee to construct their new sanctuary, and he loved singing bass in the choir. Previously, he also held numerous leadership roles at Sans Souci Baptist Church in Greenville. He enjoyed mission trips to Honduras and around the United States in his retirement years.
Survivors include his wife, Martha Hammett, of Seneca; daughter Marcy Mynatt and her husband Danny, of Belton, TX; daughter Meryl McMahon and her husband Michael, of Greenville. He was "Grumpy" to grandchildren Joey (Cassie) and Molly Cook, Joshua and Caleb Mynatt, Timothy and Michael McMahon, and Michelle Schultz. Also surviving are a brother, Hugh Hammett (Dan Christopher) of Ballston Spa, NY and a sister, Becky McCravy, and niece, Jenny (Lani) Godfrey of Charlotte, NC.
The family would like to thank Home Instead caregivers Kayla, Tiffany, Lori and Amanda for their wonderful care, as well as Oconee Hospice of the Foothills staff, including Marianne, Doris, Robert, and Kathleen for their dedication and assistance along the journey. Thank you also to our many friends who have offered support and encouragement.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Oconee Hospice of the Foothills, 390 Keowee School Rd., Seneca, SC 29672 or the Building Fund of Trinity Baptist Church, 504 Oak St., Seneca, SC 29678.
Brown-Oglesby Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Brown-Oglesby Funeral Home Inc
101 E North 2Nd St
Seneca, SC 29678
Published in The Greenville News on Dec. 10, 2013