Inscription and Notes:
b. Louisville, GA. d. Midway, GA
on same stone as Caroline S. Hammond
Obituary from the Union Recorder, Nov. 17, 1885:
On Friday night last Mr. John Hammond died at his residence in Midway, near this city, aged a little over seventy-four years. He had been in failing health for some months, but was able to give attention to his business until within a few weeks past, when he was stricken with a fatal disease, under which he gradually (unreadable) until the date above mentioned, when he gently and peacefully passed away, surrounded by his sorrowing wife and children.
Mr Hammond, if we mistake not, passed the whole of his useful life in and near this city. He was in former years the faithful incumbent of various county offices, but it was as Steward of the Lunatic Asylum for a number of years past, in the administration of a most important trust, that his fine business qualitites were made most useful to the people of the whole State. It was by reason of his vigilance, economy, faithful discharge of duty and administrative ability that the strictly business interests of the great institution of which he was so important an offical were so admirably managed, that perhaps no one of the many similar asylums in the whole union ever afforded equal comfort and benefits of various kinds to its patients at so small an outlay, in proportion to their numbers. But while strictly economical with the money entrusted to him by the State, he was liberal in his contributions to his church and in acts of charity to those who were worthy of it; and in the latter, he followed the scriptural injunction, "let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth."
As others, however, who are more capable, will doubtless give to the public a suitable obituary notice of the deceased, we will simply say further that on Sunday morning his funeral services were attended by a large concourse of people at the Methodist Church and after the customary services, including an appropriate address by the pastor, Rev. Mr. Bigham, a long procession of carriages and persons on foot followed the hearse to our beautiful cemetery, where his remains were laid away in the family burial square, near those of his father, a revolutionary soldier (as we observed by his tombstone) who died in 1829. In the beautiful language of scripture, he was literally "gathered to his fathers."
The following gentlemen acted as pall-bearers: Dr. T. O. Powell, T. T. Windsor, W. H. Scott, L. J. Lamar, T. F. Newell, W. T. Conn, J.N. Moore, S. E. Whitaker, and L. N. Callaway.