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|Hammons succumbs to illness|
Winnsboro Mayor Jack Hammons died today at his home surrounded by family after a brief battle with cancer.
Hammons, an unpretentious, soft-spoken man who stood at the helm of Winnsboro city government for the last 12 years, was diagnosed with cancer in late January.
He had planned to run for a fourth term, but withdrew after discovering he had a terminal illness just days before he was to qualify for the election.
In a letter to the people of Winnsboro printed in The Franklin Sun announcing his withdrawal from the race, Hammons wrote:
"As I bow out of public life, I would like to offer my heartfelt gratitude to my many friends who have made the last 12 years such a wonderful experience for me and my family," adding, "The kindness you have shown has been overwhelming, and has made this chapter in my life such a great experience."
Friends and colleagues of the mayor descried him as a fixture in the community who will be greatly missed.
"This is a tragedy for the Hammons family and a tragedy for the city of Winnsboro," said Franklin Parish Tax Assessor Rod Elrod, a life-long friend.
Funeral arrangements for Mr. Hammons are incomplete under the direction of Gill First National Funeral Home in Winnsboro.