Edward Leslie Hamm Sr|
Newport News - Edward Leslie Hamm, Sr., 96, a distinguished architect, died April 20, 2013 in Richmond, Va. Leslie was born on March 22, 1917, in Newport News, Virginia, was the youngest child of Owen W. and Minnie Maddox Hamm.
A graduate of Huntington High School, Leslie was employed during the summers at the shipyard where he worked on building the aircraft carrier "Enterprise". He graduated from Hampton Institute (University) in 1940 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Building Construction. Leslie served in the Army Quarter Master Training Regiment. From 1946 to 1960 he worked for private architectural firms R.C. Archer & Associates, and Mills, Petticord & Mills, both located in Washington, DC. In 1960, Leslie joined the Federal Government General Services Administration. Upon retirement from GSA in 1977 Leslie was serving as the Chief Architect and Energy Conservation Coordinator for the Professional Service Division.
During the Civil Rights Movement, both Leslie and his wife Dorothy devoted their talents working timelessly to secure equal rights and a quality education for their children.
After retirement, Leslie and Dorothy spent time building their new home in Caroline County, Virginia, which he also designed. While living at Lake Caroline they both joined Wright's Chapel United Methodist Church. Leslie's life experiences taught him to always be truthful, dependable, trustworthy, and punctual.
Leslie was preceded in death by his devoted wife of 61 years, Dorothy M. Bigelow Hamm; sisters Annie M. Hamm Walker, Victoria I. Hamm Simmons, and Lillian "Bea" Hamm McCallum. He is survived by his children, Edward Jr. of Virginia Beach; Bernard Sr. of Arlington; and Carmela of Henrico; four grandchildren, Rodney (Linda), Bernard Jr. (Krystal), Niko, and Donique; and three great-grandchildren, Elisia, Joshua, and Gabriela. He also leaves to mourn, his sister's children: Leon D. McCallum, Sr., John B. McCallum, Leslie A. McCallum, Frissell C. Walker, Jr., Sandra W. Howell
Viewing will be held on Thursday, April 25, at H. W. Dabney Funeral Home 518 N. Washington Hwy, Ashland, VA from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. and again on Friday, April 26, beginning at 11:30 a.m. at Wright's Chapel United Methodist Church, 8063 Ladysmith Rd. in Ruther Glen, VA 22546, (804) 448-1251. Funeral services will begin at 1pm.
On Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m.-12 noon, there will be a viewing and an informal Memorial Service at Calloway United Methodist, 5000 Lee Highway, Arlington, VA 22207. The burial will follow at National Memorial Park Cemetery, 7482 Lee Highway, Falls Church, VA 22042
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Apr. 25, 2013