Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, at the Mayhill Church of Christ for Franklin “Frank” Everett Hammond.
Hammond, 74, passed away Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.
Eddy Coleman and Dwayne Pounds will officiate the services, with interment to follow at the Mountain Acre Cemetery in Mayhill. Pallbearers will be William Hammond, Marvin Hammond, Paul Maupin, Charles Maupin, David Maupin and Roy Collins. Honorary pallbearers are the members of the Artesia Car Enthusiasts.
Visitation began at noon today at Terpening & Son Mortuary. The family will receive visitors from 4-6 p.m. at the funeral home. Guests are also invited to visit the family at the Hammond home at 3 p.m. Wednesday.
Frank was born March 28, 1943, to James and Writa Mae (Baker) Hammond and was a lifelong resident of Artesia.
On March 29, 1960, he married Dorothy Briscoe at the Eighth and Grand Church of Christ in Artesia. In addition to their two daughters, Frank graciously cared for a foster child and many family members, nieces and nephews. He was a Christian, attending the Eighth and Grand Church of Christ, Hermosa Church of Christ, and Mayhill Church of Christ during his lifetime.
Frank began working at a young age in the oilfields near Loco Hills and later worked as a Ford mechanic for many years before pumping for Newmont Oil Company. He continued in the oil and gas industry for many years, eventually retiring from his company, Frank’s Rathole Service, in 2001. His automotive knowledge and mechanic skills were unmatched, and he generously offered his time and labor to serve the automotive needs of many within the community.
As a grandfather, uncle and “adopted” granddad to special friends, Frank was devoted to family and children. He spent many years assembling riding toys and playing ball with children on his property. His nephews, Paul, Charles and David Maupin, enjoyed swimming, riding go karts, and shooting out on the country property.
While everyone knows his three grandchildren were his pride and joy in life, Frank also displayed a passion for this country and the automobiles made in America. He was a vintage automobile collector and restorer for nearly 60 years. He and his wife contributed countless hours to promoting car enthusiast activities in the area.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Dorothy (Briscoe) Hammond; daughters Jenelle Hammond, and Lynette Throneberry and husband Kevin; grandchildren Jade Elese Throneberry, Addison Scott Throneberry and Reagan Everett Throneberry; brothers Charles, J.O. and John; sister Ruth Adams; many nieces and nephews; and many close friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Christian Homes of Abilene Adoption Fund or the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home (NMCCH) Adoption Fund.
Arrangements are under the direction of Terpening & Son Mortuary. Condolences may be expressed online at www.artesiafunerals.com.