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Edward Roy Hammond

Edward Roy Hammond, age 87 of Barnesville, Georgia, passed away Monday, January 1, 2024, at his residence.
Mr. Hammond was born on September 25, 1936, in Lithonia, Georgia. His parents, Mr. E. Wesley Hammond and Mrs. Faye Turner Hammond, and his beloved wife and best friend, Barbara Ann Taylor Hammond, preceded him in death.
Mr. Hammond was a career United States Air Force veteran retiring in 1977 as a Senior Master Sergeant and received the Meritorious Service Medal. While serving, he was stationed stateside in San Antonio, Texas, Westover, Massachusetts, and Biloxi, Mississippi, and overseas in both Japan and the Philippines. After retiring, he and Barbara settled in Griffin, Georgia, where he attended Griffin Technical College, graduating with degrees in both HVAC and Electrical. He mastered the trade and then founded  Hammond Services in 1979. He grew the business with Barbara using many creative marketing and advertising campaigns and a strong customer service foundation.
 Mr. Hammond was very active in his community as a volunteer and advocate, serving as past Presidents of the Conditioned Air Association of Georgia (CAAG) at both the local chapter and then for the State of Georgia. He was a past Griffin-Spalding Chamber of Commerce board member and Chairman, past AMBUC Man of the Year for Spalding County in 1993, and the 1997 Sam Walton Business Leader Award recipient. April 20, 1999, became known as “Ed Hammond Day” when he was named Man of the Year by the Griffin Exchange Club. He passionately served as the Director of Men and Women of Action at Griffin Center Point Church specializing in local missions for over 20 years, and also held positions on the past boards of the United Way and Griffin Technical College.
 Mr. Hammond truly had a servant and generous heart and made it his personal mission to give something to someone everyday who could never repay him. This credo was the epitome of the Christ-centered man that he was.
His hobbies included golfing, fishing, bowling, and watching television game shows and classic Western movies. Most of all, he enjoyed fellowship with his family and friends.
 Survivors include his children, Nancy Hammond, David (Lisa) Hammond, Starla (Ken) Brown; grandchildren, Vanessa Parker, Melanie (Brandon) Sampler, Taylor (Patricia) McWilliams, Heather (Eric) Godwin, Michael Hammond, Daniel Hammond, Ashley Dennis, Brooke Miller; great-grandchildren, Jackson Merritt, Aisley Sampler, Konnor Merritt, Kendall Merritt, Emma Phelan, Kayla McWilliams, Karly McWilliams, Kalvin McWilliams, Trinity Godwin, Kenneth Godwin, Riley Godwin, Kensleigh Dennis and Lexi Dennis; many nieces and nephews; his selfless and trusted caretakers April Caudle and Kaitland Gager, and special friend Marne Ridenhour who was like another daughter.
Visitation for Mr. Hammond will be Friday, January 5, 2024 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Conner-Westbury Funeral Home. A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, January 6, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. at Griffin Center Point Church, 1427 US-41 BYP Griffin, Georgia 30224. Interment immediately followed at Griffin Memorial Gardens with full military honors.
Conner-Westbury Funeral Home, 1891 W. McIntosh Road is in charge of the arrangements.
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