Funeral services for Orville Hammons were held Sunday, June 5, 2011 at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Minden. Officiating was the Rev. John Cannon. Interment followed at Gardens of Memory in Minden under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden. The family received friends from 5 until 7 p.m. Saturday, June 4, 2011 at Rose-Neath.
Orville was born Oct. 19, 1915 in Colfax and entered into rest June 2, 2011 at home in Minden. He was a longtime resident of Minden. He owned and operated Hammons Mercantile and was known as "the Watkins Man."
He served as secretary-treasurer of the Minden Civitan Club, retiring from that position only recently. The Civitan Club honored him with a lifetime membership.
For many years he served as the fruitcake chairman and candy chairman, both of which were fund-raisers for the Civitan's many charitable functions. Another great interest was the Banks Sunday School Class of First United Methodist Church of Minden. Orville proudly served as president of that class for many years, and also served as "the head usher" for many years.
Two wives, Mary and Frances Hammons, preceded him in death.
He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Lydianne V. Scallorn Hammons of Minden; sons, James Hammons and wife, Dianne of Fayetteville, Arkansas and Charles Hammons and wife, Merle of Dodson; daughter, Brenda Reed of Denver, Colorado; stepsons, Kenneth Scallorn and wife, April of Shreveport, Douglas Scallorn and Steve Scallorn of St. Louis, Missouri; sister, Winnie Williams of Sulfur; sisters-in-law, Marcia Dutton of Lake Charles and Sydney Somoza of Sanford, North Carolina,; brother-in-law, Ralph Feldes of Lake Charles; six grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were "Bo" McGuire, Steve Bryan, Dick Todd, Roy Sullivan, Bill Barkas and Ed LaBruyere.
Honorary pallbearers were Civitan Club Members and Jim O'Neal.
Special thanks to Agape Hospice workers Paula and Barbara for their loving service.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to First United Methodist Church Hammons Memorial Fund.
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