Ronald William "Ronnie" Hammond -FORSYTH - Ronald William "Ronnie" Hammond died Monday, March 14, 2011. Funeral services will be held at 1P.M., Friday, March 18, 2011 at Maynard Baptist Church, 1195 Juliette Road, Forsyth, GA 31029 with burial in Monroe Memorial Gardens. Michael Wilds will officiate. The family will greet friends from 11:00 A.M. until the hour of the funeral at the church. -Ronnie was born November 10, 1950, in Macon, Georgia. His father, James Murray Hammond and his mother, Marie Martin Hammond Hester, preceded him in death. Ronnie was a retired musician and carpenter. He was the former lead singer of the Atlanta Rhythm Section. ARS had several regional and national hits during the 1970s. Ronnie left the band in the early 1980s to be at home with his new son and family. During his years off the road, he continued to write music, with songwriting partner and producer Buddy Buie. He rejoined the group in 1987. Ronnie was an avid baseball fan and loved "The Beatles". -Survivors include his wife, Tracey Hammond of Forsyth; son, Jesse Hammond (Katie) of Macon; brothers, Jerry Martin (Sherrill) of Macon, Jimmy Hammond (Debra) of Franklin, Tennessee, Steve Hammond (Kim) of Juliette; sisters, Fay Baker (John) of Valdosta, and Angie Myers (Johnny) of Watts, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Maddie Knight and Allie Hammond. -The family may be contacted at the residence of Jim and Louise Wilds, 903 Sutton Road, Forsyth, GA 31029 or the residence of Steve and Kim Hammond, 156 Marvin Circle, Juliette, GA 31046. -Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made "In Memory of Ronnie Hammond" to Monroe County Memorial Chapel, 156 Marvin Circle, Juliette, GA 31046. -Please visit www.monroecountymemorialchapel.com
to express tributes. -Monroe County Memorial Chapel has charge of arrangements.