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|Hundreds mourn Hammons|
Hundreds of people gathered Monday at the funeral of Winnsboro Mayor Jack Hammons to say goodbye to a man who made his mark serving as an honest official with a smile and twinkle in his eye. The funeral was held at Temple Baptist Church in Winnsboro.
"People learned that Jack Hammons was an honest, fair, and decent man, a man who lived his life by the simple rule that we often forgetóThe Golden RuleóDo unto others as you would have them do unto you," said Paul Price Jr., one of several men who took the podium to eulogize Hammons.
Hammons served as mayor of Winnsboro from 1998 until his death. He died Friday in his home at age 73 after a brief battle with brain cancer.
Surveying a church sanctuary filled with people who turned out to pay their respects to the mayor, Rev. Bobby Brown said the crowd served as testament to how Hammons was loved by the community he served.
"I have officiated 410 funerals, 110 of those funerals have been right here in the city of Winnsboro," Brown said. "I can honestly say the largest funeral that I have ever been to is this one to honor this great man."
Rev. Herman Harris said Hammons' honesty helped people believe in Winnboro city government.
"He was a servant of the people and because of the way he served, we trusted him," Harris said. "He was elected three times and, as it has been said, if his health would have remained, he would have been elected again."
Hammons was described as a great man without a great ego who spent most of his life serving the people of Winnsboro first as a small businessman and later as a public official.
Above all, he was a kind, caring man who never changed after becoming mayor.
Rod Elrod said he remembered first learning of Hammons kindness as a boy, as he thumbed through comic books, without him complaining.
That was just one of the many kindnesses Hammons was known for at his grocery store.
"If you couldn't afford groceries, Jack Hammons would float you credit and for how many who had a big family with a couple of kids would Jack and Miss Bobbie (Hammons) drop in the bag a pack of bologna and a loaf of bread," Elrod said.
Hammons shoes will be forever empty in Winnsboro, Elrod said.
He never stepped on anyone to look taller. I'm a better man for having known him and standing here today, it breaks my heart -breaks my heart -that he is gone," Elrod said, gesturing to Hammons rose draped casket.
After the funeral service at the church, private graveside services for the family were held at Myrtle Memorial Cemetery in Winnsboro.