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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Sunday's Obituary: John R. Hammett

John R. Hammett

I found photocopies of these obituaries for John R. Hammett, last month, when looking at genealogy files left to the Denver Public Library by my first cousin Jackie.

John R. Hammett was the son of Dorothy "Dollie" Bryan Hammett and Robert E. Hammett.  Dorothy was the daughter of Reddick and Elizabeth Regan Bryan.   John married Alice "Allie" Amanda Bryan, daughter Terrell and Harriet Albritton Bryan. Allie, my grandfather's sister, was John R. Hammett's first cousin. 

Former Post Man Dies in Portales, N. M.

News has been received here of the passing   of J. R. Hammett in New Mexico on November 2, at 2:30 o’clock.

Mr. Hammett was a former citizen of this county, having lived here for 15 years before moving to New Mexico. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Joe F. Grizzle former pastor of the Baptist church here, but now pastor in Portales.

Mr. Hammett is survived by his wife and nine children, three children having preceded him in death.  The children are Mrs. H. N. Andresees of Electra; Mrs. J. R. Mayo fo Southland; Mrs. L. E. Simons, Santa Fe; N. M.;  Mrs. J. D. King, Post; R. S. Hammett, Seamore; P. D. Hammett, Austin; H. A. Hammett, Portales;  Cecil Hammett, Amarillo and Monte Hammett of this city.  All of the children except R. T. Hammett were with their father at the time of his death.
Mr. Hammett had been in ill health for about 4 years but was seriously ill for only five days. 

Internment was made in the Portales Cemetery.

 Hammett Funeral Services Saturday

Funeral services for John R. Hammett, who died early this morning, will be held tomorrow afternoon at the First Methodist Church with Rev. Joe F. Grizzle and the Rev. C. Frank York officiating. Mr. Hammett had been ill for the past four years. He came to Portales in May, 1935, from Post, Tex., where he had lived for 13 years.

Mr. Hammett was born in Compti {Campti}. La., in 1967 {1867}. He was married to Miss Allie A. Bryan in 1885. To this union nine children were born.
Those present at the time of death were Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Hammett, Mr. and Mrs. T. E. Simons and two children, Geneva Hudnall of Santa Fe, Mr. and Mrs. P. D. Hammett of Austin, Texas; Mr. and Mrs. Monts {Monte} Hammett of Post, Texas;  Mrs. Lucy King and baby of Post; Mrs. John Mayo and son of Southland, Texas; Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Hammett of Amarillo; Mr. and Mrs. Foster Mayo of Southland, all relatives of Mr. Hammett.  Price Crume and daughter, Verdine, of Kenna, and Carl Reins of Post, Texas, long-time friends, were also present. 

Pallbearers will be W. B. Smith, Ben Bryant, Charile Masters, Price Crume, Murray South, and John South. 


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