The Edmond Sun
Robert Neal Hammons, age 84, of Edmond, Okla., went to be with the Lord Wednesday, September 26, 2012. He passed away peacefully at home, with his loving wife and children at his side.
Hammons, a retired Baptist minister, served as pastor in Oklahoma for more than 50 years including churches in Onapa, Lawton, Clinton, and Seminole. He lived many years of his life in Seminole, where he was ordained to the Gospel ministry in 1949, and later returned to serve as pastor of First Baptist Church there from 1976-1993.
Hammons served in the US Marine Corps 1946-1948. He graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University in 1951, and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1954. During his years of ministry, Hammons was active in the Oklahoma Baptist state and association conventions, served on numerous boards, participated in 89 revivals, and led 7 tours to the Holy Lands. Since retirement in 1993, Hammons served as interim pastor for five churches and was guest preacher numerous times in churches across the state. He spent a year serving as pastor of the Bavaria Baptist Church in Germany and also taught three years at Oklahoma Baptist University. In 2006, Hammons was awarded the OBU Alumni Achievement Award.
At the time of his death, Hammons was a member of Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Garland and Ina Hammons, of Seminole.
Hammons is survived by his wife of 63 years, Ella Louise LeMaster Hammons; children Sam (Joy) Hammons, Cynthia (Larry) McMains, Diana (Greg) Nieto, Robert (Amy) Hammons, and David (Jamie) Hammons. Hammons was beloved grandpa to 16 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren, with four more expected. He is also survived by sisters Mary Hart and Jeannie Seaborn, many extended family members and two step-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, September 29, 2012, at the First Baptist Church of Seminole. The family will receive friends at a reception at the church following the service. Services under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Okla.
Memorial contributions may be made to: The Robert and Ella Hammons Scholarship Fund, OBU Office of University Advancement, 500 W. University, OBU Box 61275,Shawnee, OK 74804, or by calling (405) 878-2703.
Messages of condolences my be sent to the family at www.swearingenfuneral.com.