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Joanne (Gilmer) Hammond
January 9, 1932 ~ September 23, 2023 (age 91) 91 Years Old
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Joanne Gilmer Hammond of Charlotte, NC passed away peacefully at her home on September 23, 2023, surrounded by her loving family. Joanne was born on January 9, 1932, in Wichita, Kansas to Paul and Emily Gilmer. She moved at an early age to Tifton, GA where she lived until attending Valdosta State College for Women in Valdosta, GA. She met a handsome young USAF officer (future fighter pilot) from Jackson, GA named Bob Hammond while in Valdosta and they married on June 29, 1952. Together they spent twenty-eight years in the USAF with tours in the US and in Germany (her favorite assignment). During that time, they were blessed with three children, Debbie, Cindy and Doug. Joanne stayed active in Officers’ Wives’ Clubs and bridge groups throughout their USAF career. The family moved to, and eventually settled in Ft. Walton Beach, FL. Upon Bob’s retirement in 1978, Joanne worked for the Okaloosa-Walton Community College in the 80’s and 90’s as a GED teacher at the Elgin AFB Federal Prison. She and Bob managed to travel extensively across the US, England, Scotland, and Germany with family and close friends over the years.
Joanne was preceded in death by her parents, her sister and her brother. She lost her beloved husband in January 2020 and relocated to Charlotte, NC. Joanne is survived by her children, Debbie (Bruce) MacAllister of Santa Fe, NM, Cindy Hammond of Freeport, FL, and Doug (Julie) Hammond of Charlotte, NC. She will be greatly missed by her seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She leaves behind her dear sister-in-law, Betty Tyler Scott (née Hammond) of Sarasota, FL, her nephew, Allan (Tina) Tyler of Sarasota, FL, niece, Christie (Mike) Hamilton of Jackson, GA and many friends in Ft. Walton Beach, FL.
A graveside service will be held on October 3, 2023, at 2pm in the Jackson City Cemetery, Rev. Owen Skinner will officiate.
In lieu of flowers please donate to the Humane Society, 1843 Memorial Dr. SE, Atlanta, GA 30317 or your favorite charity.
The family is being served by the Haisten Funeral Home of Jackson, GA.