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The Telegram
  • James Ray Hammond

  • James Ray Hammond, 87, of Mount Airy, NC, formerly of Mohawk, passed away Sunday, April 28, 2013, at Northern Hospital of Surry County.

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  • James Ray Hammond, 87, of Mount Airy, NC, 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 in the village, county and state 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, NC; step sons and daughters-in-law, Tim and Christine O’Connor, of Clemmons, NC, and Chris and Barbara O’Connor, of Sarasota, Fla.; grandchildren, Sarah and Joseph O’Connor and Samatha and Kristina O’Connor; also numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and first wife, Jim was predeceased in death by his sisters, Ida Jane Hammond Quackenbush  and Herberta Hammond Daley.
    A memorial service will be held for Jim, at a later date and time to be announced, at Grace Episcopal Church in Mohawk with Rev. William Wheeler officiating. Interment will follow in the Mohawk Cemetery. In lieu of flowers friends are asked to consider memorials to St Michael the Archangel, 2211 Margaret Wallace Rd., Matthews, NC. 28105.
    Local arrangement are with Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego Street, Ilion.
    To light a candle, please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com.
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