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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

SO (NWA) Capt. Dean A. Hammond Sr.

~ IN MEMORY ~
WWII veteran, Southern Airways (NWA) Capt. Dean A. Hammond Sr.
   May 27, 1919 - August 24, 2014

Notification with the passing of WWII veteran Captain Dean Arthur Hammond Sr., age 95.  Captain Hammond’s obituary notes that he retired with Northwest but from what I could find, I believe he flew for Southern Airways and was retired before the various mergers took place with Northwest.  Always interested in flying, Captain Hammond earned his pilot’s license while still in high school. He  served in the Civil Air Patrol during World War II.  He married  Mary Margaret McGuire in August 1943.  Captain Hammond’s obituary notes his commercial flying career began in 1955 when he would have joined Southern Airways and was based out of Memphis.  Captain Hammond was widowed in November of 2007 with the passing of his wife Mary.  
 
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at http://www.memorialparkfuneralandcemetery.com/ 
 Services for Captain Hammond were held on September 2nd in Memphis.
 
Captain Hammond had most recently resided at 
7997 Neshoba Road  ,  Germantown, TN 38138-3027
 
Please let me know if you have any other additional information...updates and corrections are always appreciated.
Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN
       Memorial blogspot   http://pcnflightwest.blogspot.com/
 
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Obituary for Dean Arthur Hammond Sr...........................
Heaven welcomes one of the few remaining members of the Great Generation. Captain Dean Arthur Hammond, Sr., 95, passed away peacefully at his home on August 24, 2014. Born May 27, 1919 in Winfield, Kansas, to Dr. Roscoe Brant Hammond and Pearl Inez Hammond, Dean was the youngest of three children. He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Mary Margaret McGuire Hammond. Their love for the Lord and for one another continues in the legacy of their family. They have three children—Deidre Curtis, Barbara Owen and Dean Hammond, Jr., 9 grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.
 
Dean’s love of flying has provided him with an adventurous and accomplished life. He served his country as a volunteer pilot and charter member of Group 10 of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) from October 1942 to August 1943, in Beaumont Texas. The pilots of Group 10 successfully provided vital air coverage for the oil tankers leaving the refineries of Port Arthur and Beaumont. Their mission was to escort American oil tankers safely around the tip of Florida and into the open sea, protecting them from German U-boats and submarines. American merchant ships were being attacked by the submarines at the rate of one a day.
 
The CAP awarded 50 Air Medals to these brave men for their outstanding performance of duty protecting the Gulf of Mexico. Colonel Hammond of the CAP flew over 350 hours and was one of those brave men who earned the Air Medal for this significant contribution to the war. He continued to serve his country in the Army Air corps until 1945.
 
In civilian life, Mr. Hammond was a pilot for private corporations until 1955 when he was employed as a commercial pilot. Captain Hammond retired from Northwest Airline in 1980. In 2006, Mr. Hammond was awarded the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award by the Federal Aviation Administration for over 50 years of flying without an incident. Less than 900 of these awards have been presented by the F.A.A. Captain Hammond stopped logging his flying hours at 25,000 hours.
 
In his retirement years, Dean enjoyed a different aspect of flying. The ground always looks normal to a pilot when he is looking down on it. At age 92, he had outlived most of his flying buddies, so he joined the Memphis Soaring Society. He spent hours sharing his flying experiences with the younger pilots while he took lessons to learn to soar in gliders.
 
Dean’s first love was for his Jesus and the Word of God. He was an active member of the Young at Heart Ministry at Kirby Woods Baptist Church. A man of many facets, mentor, friend, and wonderful husband and father, father-in-law, grandfather and great grandfather, he will be sorely missed, not only by his loving family, but by countless others whose lives he has touched.
 
In spite of his many accomplishments on this earth, Dean realized that only two things make it into heaven…the Word of God in your heart and the souls of men. His earthly gifts supported both. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that Memorial Contributions be made to Wycliffe Bible Translators or the Warrior Center, a ministry of Bellevue Baptist Church.
 
Wycliffe Bible Translators
P.O. Box 628200
Orlando, FL 32862
Enclose a note that the gift is in Memory of Dean A. Hammond, Sr. for the support of Durk Meijers, a friend of Dean’s who is serving in South Africa..
 
The Warrior Center
634 Semmes Street
Memphis TN 38111
901-405-1298
You may donate online
www.warriorscenter.org
 
All services for Dean A Hammond Sr. will be conducted at Memorial Park Funeral Home 5668 Poplar Avenue Memphis Tenn 38111 (901-767-8930) on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 11:30 AM with Reverend Joe Jernigan of Bellevue Baptist Church officiating. Interment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends at 10:30 AM prior to the service.
 
Those who wish may view the Memorial Page and sign the online guest book on this site.
 
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery, 5668 Poplar Ave. Memphis, TN 38119, "Behind the Stone Wall."
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CAPTAIN DEAN ARTHUR HAMMOND, 95, passed into the arms of Jesus Sunday, August 24, 2014. Born in Winfield, KS, he retired from Northwest Airways as a captain. Dean enjoyed a long and distinguished career in aviation. He received the Wright Brothers "Master Pilot" award from the Federal Aviation Administration and an honorary award with the rank of colonel for his service during WWII. He is preceded in death by Mary Margaret Hammond, his beloved wife of 64 years. He is survived by three children, Deidre Curtis, Barbara Owen and Dean Hammond, Jr., nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Services for Captain Dean A. Hammond Sr. will be conducted at Memorial Park Funeral Home on Tuesday, September 2. The family will receive friends at 10:30 a.m. prior to the 11:30 a.m. service with Reverend Joe Jernigan of Bellevue Baptist Church officiating. Interment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Condolences may be offered at www.MemorialParkOnline.com       Memorial Park Funeral Home (901) 767-8930
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MARY MARGARET HAMMOND, "Mickey", 84, died Thursday, November 22, 2007 at her home in Germantown, Tennessee. A visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, November 25. Services will be held Monday, November 26 at 1 p.m. at Memorial Park Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. Mickey was born November 14, 1923 in Port Arthur, Texas. She was a dedicated wife and homemaker for 64 years and a long-time member of Bellevue Baptist Church. She enjoyed playing the piano and gardening throughout her lifetime. She is survived by her husband, Dean Arthur Hammond of Germantown; three children, Deidre Hammond Curtis of Cleveland, Georgia; Barbara Jean Harris of Memphis, Tennessee; and Dean Arthur Hammond, Jr. of Charlotte, North Carolina; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents, five brothers and one grandson. The family requests that memorials be sent to the American Cancer Society.
Memorial Park Funeral Home     901-767-8930   www.meemorialparkonline.com   

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