Samuel Gary Hammond
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James A. McAlister Funerals & Cremation
1620 Savannah Highway
Charleston, SC
Samuel Gary Hammond JAMES ISLAND - Samuel Gary Hammond, 72, of James Island, SC, died Saturday, September 11, 2021. His Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 AM, Thursday, September 23, 2021, at the James A. McAlister Chapel, 1620 Savannah Hwy, Charleston. Gary was born in Chattanooga, TN to Samuel and Elizabeth Hammond. He attended Shorter College in Rome, GA, then joined the United States Marine Reserve. He with his brothers, Crockett and Lloyd, were in the Agri Supply Business. He always said he never worked a day in his life because he loved his job. He is survived by his wife, Marcela; daughters, Dava Cox of Columbia, SC and Chelsey Hammond of Charleston, SC; 2 grandchildren, Peyton and Alex; 2 great-grandchildren; his sister, Patricia of Rome, GA and his brothers, Crockett (Debbie) of Columbia, SC, Chris (Cindy) of Tifton, GA, Steven of Elijay, GA, Lloyd (Nancy) of Statesboro, GA and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins. Samuel was predeceased by his brother, Grant of Mobile, AL and his wife, Chalice Debra of Charleston, SC. Gary was loved by many for his story telling and crazy shenanigans, his love of helping others all of which endeared him to those who crossed his path. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 269 Calhoun St, Charleston, SC 29401 or to the Hospice of your choice. Arrangements by James A. McAlister, Inc. (843)766-1365. Visit our guestbook at legacy.com/obituaries/charleston
Published by Charleston Post & Courier from Sep. 18 to Sep. 19, 2021.
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Because of what You did for me and Tim, Big Papa.
I saw the St. Frances prayer every day in your presence.
You were a great man and so Samantha your God daughter and Gabriel your God son will have a good life too.


Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Amen.
October 22, 2021
It's 3:30 am on Sunday morning September 26th and I was still up reading, meditating and just thinking about life, reminiscing. Kind of melancholy these last few months.
My wife and daughter walked into the den and let me know that my dearest freind Gary Hammond had passed away. They came upon it while rummaging through Facebook and were startled.

It didn't sink in right away until I went and read Gary's obituary on the McAlister Funerals and Cremation Guest Book. He never mentioned to me that he was sick. Not to the extent that he was. That was just Gary. He didn't want me to worry about him. Mostly talked about family, work and his love for fishing. I could not get use to calling Gary Sam so I called him "GarSam!" It may never truly sink into my heart and soul. To me he will always be Gary.

I have known the Hammond family all of my life having grown up in Rome, Georgia. Gary, Crockett Chris, Patricia Debra and of course his Father Sam and his beautiful Mother Elizabeth and on and on. We knew a lot the folks mentioned in Gary's obituary, although my wife and I didn't get to meet everyone as the years kept passing by.

We moved away from Rome and went our separate ways many years ago. We still stayed in touch by phone, text and Gary and Debra would vist us at our home in Florida where we have lived for the past 43 years. There was a love and bond for each other etched in stone for a lifetime. Immeasurable beyond the heavens above.

I loved Gary, Crockett and Chris like brothers and it would take writing a novel to share all the things that we did growing up mostly from the years in high school, college and married life. The entire Hammond family enjoyed life to the fullest. We were as close as you could be back in the day until life took each of us in different directions. The last time we corresponded was through a message I sent Gary on August 29th. Gary as usual sent me back a message right away. We never really went for any long period of time without checking on one another.

Gary was a funfilled, caring and loving person. He wanted everybody to be happy and enjoy life to the fullest. He spoke his mind but was also a good listener. If you needed him for anything whatsoever he was there. We talked about anything and everything. I know he believed in God and we both committed to accepting Jesus as Our Lord and Savior. We had many indepth conversations and we both agreed that our faith and our walk with Jesus was extremely instrumental in our day to day lives.

I pray along with my family that Our Heavingly Father as He held Gary in the Palms of His Strong Caring and Loving hands on the day he passed from this life gently placed Gary in his eternal resting place until we all meet again.

May the peace and love of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be with my good friend and his entire family forever and always. May all of you feel the grace and comfort of Our Heavenly Father.
Rest assurd that all will be well.

We will never forget you. We will miss you and know without reservation and unconditionally that we will always love you.

Bubba, Camille and Lisa
The Centola Family
Tom Centola
Friend
September 28, 2021
It's 3:30 am on Sunday morning September 26th and I was still up reading, meditating and just thinking about life, reminiscing. Kind of melancholy these last few months.

My wife and daughter walked into the den and let me know that my dearest freind Gary Hammond had passed away. They came upon it while rummaging through Facebook and were startled.

It didn't sink in right away until I went and read Gary's obituary on the McAlister Funerals and Cremation Guest Book. He never mentioned to me that he was sick. Not to the extent that he was. That was just Gary. He didn't want me to worry about him. Mostly talked about family, work and his love for fishing. I could not get use to calling Gary Sam so I called him "GarSam!" It may never truly sink into my heart and soul. To me he will always be Gary.

I have known the Hammond family all of my life having grown up in Rome, Georgia. Gary, Crockett Chris, Patricia Debra and of course his Father Sam and his beautiful Mother Elizabeth and on and on. We knew a lot the folks mentioned in Gary's obituary, although my wife and I didn't get to meet everyone as the years kept passing by.

We moved away from Rome and went our separate ways many years ago. We still stayed in touch by phone, text and Gary and Debra would vist us at our home in Florida where we have lived for the past 43 years. There was a love and bond for each other etched in stone for a lifetime. Immeasurable beyond the heavens above.

I loved Gary and Crockett like brothers and it would take writing a novel to share all the things that we did growing up mostly from the years in high school, college and married life. The entire Hammond family enjoyed life to the fullest. We were as close as you could be back in the day until life took each of us in different directions. The last time we corresponded was through a message I sent Gary on August 29th. Gary as usual sent me back a message right away. We never really went for any long period of time without checking on one another.

Gary was a funfilled, caring and loving person. He wanted everybody to be happy and enjoy life to the fullest. He spoke his mind but was also a good listener. If you needed him for anything whatsoever he was there. We talked about anything and everything. I know he believed in God and we both committed to accepting Jesus as Our Lord and Savior. We had many indepth conversations and we both agreed that our faith and our walk with Jesus was extremely instrumental in our day to day lives.

I pray along with my family that Our Heavingly Father as He held Gary in the Palms of His Strong Caring and Loving hands on the day he passed from this life gently placed Gary in his eternal resting place until we all meet again.

May the peace and love of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be with my good friend and his entire family forever and always. May all of you feel the grace and comfort of Our Heavenly Father.

Rest assurd that all will be well.
We will never forget you. We will miss you and know without reservation and unconditionally that we will always love you.

Bubba, Camille and Lisa
The Centola Family


Tom "Bubba" Camille and Lisa Centola
Friend
September 27, 2021
Thank you so much for your kind words during this time, my father was a unique man who can never be duplicated and will be missed by many.
Dava Cox
Daughter
September 27, 2021
My heartfelt condolences to the Hammond family during this time of sorrow. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. Gary will be truly missed.
Nancy Shaw
September 17, 2021
It is with deep regret that my brothers and I have heard of the passing of Gary. Two of us have known him since birth and were childhood friends. It is with a sad heart that I send this message. Our condolences to the Hammond families of Crockett, Chris, Patricia and the famiy of Gary
Scott Hampton
Friend
September 15, 2021
My deepest condolences to the entire Hammond family and especially to my dear friends Crockett, Debbie, Lloyd and Nancy.
Joel D Skinner
September 15, 2021
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