Eugene Hammond passed away on Friday, June 4, 2021 at Morrison Manor Hospice.
He was the second oldest child born in 1932 in Lumberton, NC to Pastor James E. Hammond and Marie E Brewington. He graduated from Magnolia High School. While there and after graduation he continued his love of learning by honing skills of producing Moonshine and White Lightning. His next challenge was finding a wife. Which he did, when he met the smart and talented Evelyn Doris Chavis at school. They dated, were married and began life together in Baltimore, MD. Two years later, a daughter was born and they decided to move back to their home place to be close to family. Then, in less than two years, their only son was born in Lumberton, NC.
Because of his work on the Maxton Airbase, they decided to move closer to his job and moved to Maxton, NC. He worked his way up to Supervisor at Ritz Craft Mobile Home Manufacturing.
On a hot September day twelve years after the birth of their son, they welcomed their second daughter into the family. When she was four, he decided it was time to stop renting and build the family home. He did this with no detailed blueprints. He provided the labor/ skills to install all the plumbing, electrical and masonry work on the house. (Because he was not trained in masonry, he chose to learn this skill by taking classes after work at Richmond Technical College.) The only labor he did not personally perform was installing the drywall.
At the same time, he continued learning by subscribing to the National Geographic, Popular Mechanics, Handyman and Smithsonian magazines.
After completion of his home, it was now time for gardening. He loved big vegetable gardens, lots of fruit and nut trees, grape and kiwi vines and KnockOut roses.
His last place of employment was LOF Glass in Laurinburg, NC. He loved work so much he had Perfect Attendance for eight years and won the Ugliest Truck Award for two years.
When he retired, he could not sit back and relax. Again, he learned a new skill- Bee Keeping. He was an active member of the Robeson County Bee Keepers Association beginning in 1999. He raised queen bees and had at least 14 colonies producing honey each year.
Eugene leaves behind: his loving wife of 64 years Evelyn Doris (Chavis) Hammond; two daughters, LeJeana Hammond-Wood (Mike) of Kure Beach and Amelia Hammond Tanon (Edgardo) of Raleigh; one son, Jeffery Hammond (Luanne) of Cary; two sisters, Mary Uzel of Richmond, Va and Sylvia Pieper of Lumberton ; and grandchildren Rebecca, Daniel, Hannah, Grace and Joshua.
The Hammond Family greatly appreciates the exemplary doctors, nurses, and care givers who tended to his needs during this past year. We are also thankful for the support, love and faith of the family, friends, and Evelyn’s Red Springs Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Your expressions of love will forever be remembered.
With special thanks to Grace Tanon, his granddaughter, for her technical skills in producing the music playlist and family photos.
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