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William Kenneth "Ken" Hammer

July 14, 1947 — March 11, 2024

Beech Bluff

William Kenneth “Ken” Hammer, age 76, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 11, 2024, at the Jackson Madison County General Hospital.   A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2024, at the Hillcrest Baptist Church with Dr. Jerry Welch officiating.  The family will receive friends Saturday beginning at 2:00 P.M. until the service time.

Mr. Ken was born on July 14, 1947, to the late William Alexander Hammer and Mary Lucille Vinson Hammer.   He worked as an over the road truck driver with his wife for over 33 years and was known as “Ken and Jean”.  After retiring from trucking, he farmed for 5-6 years and then worked for a couple of years as a distributor for Union Auto Parts of Jackson, TN.  He will be greatly missed.

Mr. Ken is survived by his wife of over 44 years:   Thelma Jean Brisentine Hammer of Beech Bluff, TN; two sons:  David Corum Hammer (Teresa Underwood) of Troy, TN, William Dale Fisher of Trenton, TN; one daughter:  Elizabeth Dianne Riley (Kevin) of Union City, TN; one sister:  Karen Louise Elkins of Dyersburg, TN;  He leaves a legacy of four grandchildren:  Andrew Hyde, Kate Riley, Brandy and Casey Fisher; and one great-granddaughter:  Lainey Mae Morris.

The Whispering Wind

It’s normal that you shed a tear, When first I took my leave,

But know that I am happy here, No need for you to grieve.

The beauty that’s surrounding me, Would take your breath away.

There’s colors that I can’t describe, The air’s a sweet bouquet

Don’t worry ‘bout the things unsaid, There’s nothing to forgive,

Don’t lay your heart upon the past, Just let our memories live,

And though your earthly eyes can’t see, Believe that I am there,

Whene’er you feel the whispering wind, Flow gently through your hair,

I’m there when fireflies light the dark, When candles mark a year,

I’m there when you are far from home, And when you need an ear,

I’m always just a thought away, Our souls could never part,

Connected for eternity, Forever in your heart.

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Saturday, March 23, 2024

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Saturday, March 23, 2024

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