THOMASVILLE -- Services for Rev. Uzziah Augustus Hammonds, Sr., 93, of Thomasville will be at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, June 22, 2012 at First United Methodist Church, 425 N. Broad St., Thomasville. Elder Kenneth McMillan presiding over services with eulogy by Bishop Othal H. Lakey. Interment will be at St Mathews Cemetery in Newton with Ministers of the Thomasville/Albany District of the CME Church as active pallbearers. Rev. Uzziah Augustus Hammonds, Sr. was born May 19, 1919. He was the fifth of six children born to the fate Charlie and Annie Ronnie Hammonds. Rev. Hammonds received his early education in the Baker County School system, but because Its curriculum stopped at the tenth grade, he boarded in Mitchell County, returning home on weekends until he completed his high school education. During the World War II time period, 1940-1945, he served in the United States Armed Forces. After a short rest, he continued his education earning his BA in Education at Albany State University. He then attended Lincoln University in Oxford, Pennsylvania and the American School of Theology receiving his BD and MD degrees. During his senior year, he also received his CCBI after serving as Religious Advisor to the Migrant Program sponsored by the Federation Council of Churches of America. His pastoral journey began in July 1951. His churches included Grant Chapel, Vidalia, GA; Antioch, Hazelhurst, GA; and Williams Tabernacle, Graham, GA. Beginning October 22, 1952, he pastured Clifford Temple and Midway CME for 10 years. He then became Presiding Elder for 13 years followed by pastoring at Hines Memorial CME in Albany,GA. After retiring, he returned to serve Pleasant Hill CME for 15 years in Beachton, GA. Again he retired, but continued to serve enthusiastically as a Sunday School teacher and weekly Bible Study Teacher with Rev. James Greene. Rev. Hammonds not only had a thirst for knowledge, but a passion for inspiring youths to learn. His teaching experiences included teaching American History at the Commack Center in Philadelphia, Sixth Grade History and Math in Early County, Science, Math, and English at New Union High School in Boston, GA, and Science and Math at Magnolia High School in Thomas County. His empowering teaching career spanned 32 years within the confines of the classroom, yet its profound reach continues on, though he lays at rest. As proof of his devotion, he continued to attend the Georgia Retired Teachers Association meetings in Thomasville. Each month, he was present and on time. In 1950, Reverend Hammonds married Nellie Bessie Deloris Harris. She was his stronghold in every aspect of his life. He thanked God daily for bringing them together and their 62 years of Holy Matrimony. Rev. Hammonds was a poet and she was his muse. This holy union produced 4 loving children; Edith, Uzziah, Jr., LaWanna, and Trena. Reverend Hammonds will be sorely missed by the community, due to his unyielding service by visiting the sick and shut-in everyday, rain or shine, at the hospital where he was deemed the "mailman", mentoring new and seasoned pastors, providing advice and consultation, prophetic poetry and prose, service with a smile, and his lessons about our Father, which will lead us all to get our crown, and countless other deeds. Cherishing his legacy are his loving wife, Nellie Harris Hammonds and their children: Edith Harrison,Uzziah Hammonds, Jr., LaWanna Cole, Trena Attipoe (Nobel); 13 grandchildren; Donald Harrison (Cheryl), James Harrison (Leslie), Charles Harrison (Nicole), Kristen Harrison, Charmaine Hammonds, Uzziah Hammonds, III, Candice Boateng (Nana), Jasmyn Monette (Rodney). Kimberly Gilley, Bryan Boldes, Duke Attipoe, Aseye Attipoe, Esinam Attipoe; 4 Great Grandchildren: Jaein Henderson, Madisyn Boateng, Rodney Monette III, Zoe Monette; 1 Great-Great Grandchild: Jayden Gaddis; 1 God Son. Morris Williams, 1 God Daughter Cheryl Hester, Twin God granddaughters, Aliyah and Alysha Johnson; 3 sisters in laws (Annette. Mary, Ruth), 3 brothers in laws (Benny, Woodrow, Eugene); devoted caregivers: Mrs. Glynda Lovejoy, Willie Boldes, and Ruby Turner (niece); and a host of relatives and friends. Visitation will be on Thursday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the funeral home and at the Clifford Temple Church from 4:30 P.M. until 6:00 P.M. The family will receive friends and family on Thursday from 6:00 pm. until 7:00 p.m. at the Clifford Temple CME Church on Lester Street. The remains will lie instate at the First United Methodist Church, 425 N. Broad 8treet from 9:00 AM. until 10:45 A.M. with no viewing after.
Hatcher-Peoples Funeral Home