My grandfather died this afternoon after 95 years. I was asked to write the obituary by my family and have done so.
Colonel Robert Edmund Hammond, Sr. (ret.) died at the age of
95 on Saturday November 22, 2008 in Roswell,
Bob, as he was known by his family and friends, graduated high school from Tech High and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science from Georgia School of Technology in 1936, graduating 2nd in his class. After graduation, he went to work as Chief Accountant with The Grinnell Company, Inc. In February of 1941, Bob Hammond entered the U.S. Army as a 2nd Lieutenant as a result of his previous R.O.T.C. training and throughout the war served as a Personnel Officer and Quartermaster in both the Continental U.S. and the European Theater of Operations, including being stationed in Liège, Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge in which he was awarded the purple heart.
In 1946, he was discharged from active service as a Lt. Colonel
and went to work with the Veterans Administration in a variety of capacities,
including Deputy Commander of the Atlanta Army Depot from 1950 onwards as well
as continuing his service in the Army reserves until his retirement as a full
Colonel in 1973. From 1951 through his
retirement in 1978, Bob was employed by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation in Marietta, Georgia
Throughout his years he enjoyed many sports especially
baseball He was fond of telling the
story of seeing the 1927 Yankees as they traveled north from spring
training. He played in his youth and as
a varsity player in high school as a catcher with future Major League players
Hugh Casey and Marty Marion. He also
played Varsity baseball at Georgia Tech.
Bob enjoyed traveling, many times revisiting places in which he served
He is survived by his wife of sixty two years, Corinne E.
Hammond; his two daughters, Toni Hammond Conrad and Terri Hammond and his son
Robert E. Hammond, Jr.; and their families that include five grandchildren and
two great-grandchildren. In lieu of
flowers, please send donations to Roswell United Methodist Church
Robert Hammond’s life was a full life and well lived. He will be greatly missed.
He lived a full life indeed. I remember so many stories he has told me over the years. About baseball, the war and just his life. He was a fascinating man that I wished I had taken the time to get to know more. I am happy to know he is at peace, finally after a month of struggling after breaking his hip. I love you Papa. Rest in peace. That is all.