James Ray Hammond, 87, of Mount Airy, N.C., formerly of Mohawk, passed away Sunday, April 28, 2013, at Northern Hospital of Surry County.
Jim was born in Herkimer County on May 7, 1925, the son of the late Earl and Marguerite Egan Hammond, and received his education in Mohawk schools. Jim served his county in the U.S. Marines during World War II, serving in the South Pacific. In 1947, he was united in marriage to the former Ruth Kirby; she has predeceased Jim.
Jim worked as an apprentice under his father as a tool and die maker in Remington Typewriter in Ilion.
As a young man, he bred, trained and showed Blue Merle Collies.
Jim served as mayor of the village of Mohawk from March 7, 1967, to March 3, 1969, and was very active in the Republican party at the village, county and state levels all of his life. While a resident of Mohawk, Jim owned and operated the Redwood Drive Inn Restaurant on West Main Street for several years. In 1988, Jim was united in marriage to the former Carol O'Connor. Jim had resided in Mount Airy since 2002.
Jim is survived by his wife, Carol Leya Hammond, of the home; two daughters, Egan Hammond and Jama Hammond, both of Charlotte, N.C.; stepsons and daughter-in-law, Tim and Christine O'Connor, of Clemmons, N.C., Chris and Barbara O'Connor, of Sarasota, Fla.; grandchildren, Sarah and Joseph O'Connor, and Samantha and Kristina O'Connor; also numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and first wife, Jim was preceded in death by his sisters, Ida Jane Hammond Quackenbush and Herberta Hammond Daley.
A memorial service will be held for Jim on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Grace Episcopal Church in Mohawk with Rev. William Wheeler officiating. Interment will follow in the Mohawk Cemetery with military honors.
In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to consider memorials to St. Michael the Archangel, 2211 Margaret Wallace Road, Matthews, NC 28105.
Arrangements are with Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion.
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