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Jim E. Hammons

Obituary for Jim E. Hammons

December 24, 1928 - February 6, 2018
San Antonio, Texas | Age 89

Loving Husband, Father and Friend...

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Jim E. Hammons was born in Goree, Texas, on Christmas Eve, 1928, to Ruby and Nettie Hammons, the first of five children. He slipped peacefully into the loving arms of God on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, at the age of 89 at The Mission at Blue Skies of Texas.

He enlisted in the U. S. Army Air Corps in 1946 at the age of 17. While at Lackland Air Force Base, he met Evelyn Shofner, a student at Trinity University. They married in 1949 and happily began their Air Force life together.

Jim was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force in 1951. He was assigned to Security Service in Japan and California. After completion of the Nuclear Weapons Officer Course in 1958, he was assigned to Korea and then to Monzano Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He attended the University of Illinois under the Air Force Institute of Technology earning a B. S. degree in Industrial Engineering. He was stationed at Hickam AFB, Hawaii, Tuy Hoa Air Base in Viet Nam, Kirtland AFB in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Wright Patterson AFB, in Dayton, Ohio. His last assignment was at the Pentagon. Jim's decorations include the Legion of Merit and Air Force Commendation Medals.

After retiring in 1974, Jim and Eve moved back to Pearl City, Hawaii, to the home they bought when he went to Viet Nam. He loved working in the yard and grew many beautiful Hawaiian flowers. He built a lava retaining wall out of rocks he and a friend pulled from the ocean, and a wooden orchid house where he had about 200 orchids. Jim and Eve's lanai was the special meeting place for many friends and neighbors.

Jim was also president of the Hawaii State Golf Association for many years. After 10 years, they moved to a condominium in Waikiki so he could have more time to play golf. He loved playing golf and even had one hole-in-one. In 2004, after 30 years in Hawaii, he and Eve moved to Air Force Village II where they found a wealth of new friends with shared interests and experiences.

Jim is predeceased by his wife, his parents, a brother and one sister. He is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Ivy and Jim Wallace, of Poca, West Virginia; granddaughter, Amy Wallace, grandson, Jimmy Wallace and his wife, Becky, great-granddaughters, Hannah and Olivia Wallace, all of St. Albans, West Virginia; sisters, Ginger Cooksey of Sulphur Springs, Texas, and Ruby Howell of Burleson, Texas; sister-in-law, Marcia Hammons of Reno, Nevada; many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, February 13, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. in the High Flight Chapel at Blue Skies of Texas.

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