STATHAM – Bishop G.H. Hammond, 89, died Friday, December 24, 2010.
Born in Athens, he was the son of the late Obie and Rosa Kent Hammond. He served as a pastor for 60 years, 44 years was in Winder and at other churches in Athens and Barnesville, and was founder of The Church of Lord Jesus Christ in Forsyth. He was veteran having served in the United States Navy during World War II involved in two invasions. Mr. Hammond was preceded in death by brothers, Allen, James, Cyril and Burt Hammond; and sister, Lorelle Hammond.
Survivors include his wife of 72 years, Nellie T. Hammond, Statham; son and daughter-in-law, Reggie and Janice Hammond, Statham; daughter and son-in-law, Pastor Patsy Nell Collins and husband Dallas, Round O, S.C.; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; brothers, the Rev. Douglas Hammond and the Rev. Howard Hammond, both of Watkinsville, and the Rev. Curtis Hammond, Bishop; sisters, Era Hicks, Bishop, Irene O’Dillon and Ruth Wilson, both of Watkinsville, and Sandra Pruitt, Warner Robins.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 28, at 2 p.m., from Winder Apostolic Church of the Lord Jesus Christ with Pastor Tommy Baker officiating. Burial will be in the Barrow Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends Monday, December 27, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Winder Apostolic Church of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Smith Funeral Home, Winder, is in charge of arrangements.