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James W. “Punch” Hammond

James W. “Punch” Hammond, 77, of Dawsonville passed away Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center following an extended illness.

Born December 29, 1942, and raised in Cumming, Mr. Hammond had been a resident of Dawsonville since 1967. He was a 1961 graduate of Forsyth County High School and U.S. Army veteran of Vietnam. An automobile enthusiast, he enjoyed restoring classic cars, especially 1967 Chevelles.  Mr. Hammond worked for Leon Jones for many years and at the Tyson Foods truck shop until his retirement in 2006. He is preceded in death by his parents, Henry “Punch” and Ruby Hammond and a number of siblings.

Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Cheryl Fouts Hammond; son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Becky Hammond; daughter and son-in-law, Angie and Scott Smith, all of Dawsonville; brother, Hugh Hammond, Cumming; grandchildren, Logan and Alison Hammond, Corey Hammond, Ethan Smith, Addison Smith; other relatives.

Memorial services will be held Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, at 3 p.m. at Bearden Funeral Home Chapel. Dr. Jeff Burrell and Rev. Windell Patterson will officiate. Interment will follow in Dawsonville Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, Aug. 16 from 1 until 3 p.m. 

Condolences may be expressed at

Bearden Funeral Home in Dawsonville is in charge of arrangements.

Dawson County News, August 12, 2020