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J. Donald “Don” Hammock

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Funeral services for Mr. J. Donald “Don” Hammock, age 85 of Ruston, will be held at 2:00 PM Friday, December 10, 2010 at First Baptist Church in Ruston with Dr. Chris Craig and Dr. Andy Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in Pines Memorial Gardens in Ruston under the direction of Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Ruston. Mr. Hammock was born April 2, 1925 in DeQincy to William Thomas Hammock and Bertha Jones Hammock.  He died December 6, 2010 in Monroe after a lengthy illness. Mr. Hammock was an insurance agent for the  Brooks-Hammock Agency for over 40 years. He was a graduate of LSU and served in the US Navy from 1943 to 1947. He was also a member of First Baptist Church in Ruston where he served as a deacon.  Mr. Hammock was a member of the Ruston Lions Club for over 50 years where he was a past president as well as a past district governor and a former member of the Ruston Jaycees. He served on the Lincoln Parish Police Jury for 13 years, was a director for the Salvation Army and served on the Civil Service Committee.  In his spare time, Mr. Hammock enjoyed spending time with his family, travelling and watching sports, especially Dallas Cowboys football, Lady Techsters Basketball and Little League baseball. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers Tommy Hammock and Billy Hammock. Mr. Hammock is survived by his wife of 57 years:  Barbara Brooks Hammock; his five children: Jay Hammock and wife Janet of Ruston, Kay (Hammock) and husband Marty Baumgardner of El Dorado, AR, Gayle (Hammock) and husband Rob Martin of Halls, TN, Donna (Hammock) and husband Cary Young of Ruston and David Hammock and wife Michelle of McKinney, TX;  14 grandchildren and four great grandchildren; one sister:  Louise Lawrence of Joaquin, TX and one sister-in-law:  Joy Brooks Campbell of Ruston as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be his grandsons:  Nathan Martin, Elliott Martin, Caleb Baumgardner, Kevin Sherrard, Michael Dufour, Taylor Young and Logan Young.  Honorary pallbearers will be the members of the Ruston Lions Club and the Adult 8 Men’s Sunday School Class at First Baptist in Ruston. Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM Thursday, December 9, 2010 at Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Ruston.  Planned memorials may be made to:  Operation SMILE, the Seminary Scholarship Fund at First Baptist Church of Ruston or to the charity of the giver’s choice. To leave a memorial message for the family, please visit www.owensmemorialfuneralhome.com.

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