James E. Hammond

October 28, 1933 ‒ June 22, 2020

Mount Vernon, Ohio

James E. Hammond, age 86, of Mount Vernon passed away on Monday, June 22, 2020 at his home.

He was born on October 28, 1933 in Alexandria, Ohio to the late Miller and Veda (Croy) Hammond.  James was employed at Knox New Hope where he retired after 22 years of service.  He was a softball Coach and Umpire for Mount Vernon Softball for many years.  James also played in the 35 and 60+ men’s softball league. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and was a veteran serving in the United States Air Force from 1954-1958.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy (Reed) Hammond; his daughter Teresa (Dale) Hunter; his sons Steve (Jane) Howard, Jay Howard; eight grandchildren, Caleb Hunter, Kirsten Hunter, Melissa (Bob) Stoneking, Cathy (Seth) Ghering, Jenny (Fred Judd) Howard, Chuck Howard, Christine Kennedy, Josh Howard; sixteen great grandchildren and his daughter-in-law Debbie Howard.

In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by his sister Geraldine Peck; his brothers Joseph and Vastine Hammond; and his step-son David Howard.

In keeping with James’ wishes, there will be no calling hours.  The family will observe a memorial service at the First Presbyterian Church on Friday, July 31 beginning at 11AM with Pastor Ross Slaughter officiating.  A graveside service will follow in Zanesville Memorial Park Cemetery beginning at 2:30PM.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of Knox County.

To send the family a condolence visit: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of James E. Hammond.


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  • To the family of James Hammond:
    We are so saddened by your loss. Condolences to you Dorothy and your family. He will be missed at the ball park and bowling alley. Prayers to you and the family.

  • So sorry for your loss Dorothy (Reed) Hammond; his daughter Teresa (Dale) Hunter and Tristan! Love playing old man softball with him

  • So sorry for your loss Dorothy (Reed) Hammond; his daughter Teresa (Dale) Hunter and Tristan! Love playing old man softball with him .And meant Kirsten not Tristan.

  • On behalf of the ODJFS OFC team, we express our deepest condolences to Cathy Ghering and her entire family. We will be keeping you in our thoughts during this time.

  • Thoughts and prayers to the family. I bowled with Jim on Thursday nights and lived beside his step son David and daughter-in-law Debbie and grandchildren Melissa and Cathy for several years. He will be missed.

  • Dorothy,
    We are so sorry to hear of the passing on of your beloved Jim. We will miss seeing him at the softball games. May God’s sustaining grace be yours through Jesus Christ our LORD! You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers!
    Love and prayers in Jesus Christ our LORD,
    Rev. David R. & Karen L. Havens

  • To the family of Jim…
    Do not grieve. Celebrate his promotion.
    As with many families, Jim touched our lives through girl’s softball. Our daughters, Courtney, Emily, Martina and Hilari were all enriched by his coaching, either for them or against them and by his umpiring. His dedication to all the girls in the league was amazing and inspiring. To us parents and volunteers, he was an inspiration and a role model of self sacrifice.
    Hugs to all,
    The Culbertson Family