Donald Gene (Don) Hammons, 79, passed away Thursday evening, Aug. 4, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge with family members close by. While his health had been declining recently, his passing was unexpected.
Don was born in the Dyllis community of Harriman in Roane County to Bill and Cecil Hammons on March 12, 1937. As the youngest of four children, Don claimed the "baby" of the family crown. Don graduated from Oliver Springs High School in 1954 where he was active in the FFA club. The next year he married Faye Daugherty, a former classmate at OSHS. The couple began their family of four children soon after.
Don began working for White Stores while still in high school and continued there after graduation. He began learning his lifelong butcher trade during those years. Later, he was employed at Simmons IGA in Rockwood as the Meat Department manager before opening Don's Quality Meats in the East Village area of Oak Ridge.
Don enjoyed traveling and was a licensed pilot and aircraft owner. He was an avid history buff with a special interest in World War II lore. When the internet became available, Don researched historical events for hours. He and a son-in-law visited the Gettysburg Civil War battlefield in 2009. Additionally, Don relished time with family spent camping and boating on local lakes.
Don was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 40 years; his siblings, R.C., Glen, and Sue Adkins; and his granddaughter, Jennifer.
He is survived by four children, Don Jr. (Janice), Cynthia (Pete), Michael, and Donna (Scott). He also leaves five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Tuesday, Aug. 9, at Martin Funeral Home of Oak Ridge on Oak Ridge Turnpike. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. with funeral service to follow. The Rev. Waylon Payne will officiate. Internment will be Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. at Anderson Memorial Gardens.
The family would like to extend its gratitude to the staff of the CCU at MMC.