Franklin (“Frank”) Everett Hammond, 74, passed away on Saturday, November 25, 2017. Services are scheduled for Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Mayhill Church of Christ with Eddy Coleman and Dwayne Pounds presiding. Burial will immediately follow at the Mountain Acre Cemetery in Mayhill. Pallbearers will be William Hammond, Marvin Hammond, Paul Maupin, Charles Maupin, David Maupin and Roy Collins. Honorary pallbearers will be the members of the Artesia Car Enthusiasts. Visitation will be at Terpening & Son Mortuary Tuesday beginning at 12:00 p.m. The family will receive guests at the funeral home from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Also, guests are invited to visit the family at the Hammond home on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.
Frank was a lifelong resident of Artesia. He was born on March 28, 1943 to James and Writa Mae (Baker) Hammond. On March 29, 1960, he married Dorothy Briscoe at Eighth and Grand Church of Christ in Artesia. In addition to their two daughters, he graciously cared for a foster child, many family members, nieces and nephews. Mr. Hammond was a Christian attending Eighth and Grand Church of Christ, Hermosa Church of Christ and Mayhill Church of Christ during his lifetime.
Frank began working at a young age in the oilfields near Loco Hills and later worked as a Ford mechanic for many years before pumping for Newmont Oil Company. He continued in the oil and gas industry for many years eventually retiring from his company, Frank’s Rathole Service in 2001. His automotive knowledge and mechanic skills were unmatched and he generously offered his time and labor to serve the automotive needs of many within the community.
As a grandfather, uncle, and “adopted” granddad to special friends, Frank was devoted to family and children. He spent many years assembling riding toys and playing ball with children on his property. His nephews, Paul, Charles and David Maupin, enjoyed swimming, riding go carts, and shooting out on the country property.
While everyone knows his three grandchildren were his pride and joy in life, Frank also displayed a passion for this country and the automobiles made in America. He was a vintage automobile collector and restorer for almost 60 years. He and his wife contributed countless hours to promoting car enthusiast activities in the area.
He leaves his wife of 57 years, Dorothy (Briscoe) Hammond; daughters, Jenelle Hammond and Lynette Throneberry and her husband, Kevin; grandchildren, Jade Elese Throneberry, Addison Scott Throneberry and Reagan Everett Throneberry; brothers, Charles, J.O. and John; sister Ruth Adams; many nieces and nephews; and many close friends.
The family requests donations to the Christian Homes of Abilene Adoption Fund or New Mexico Christian Children’s Home (NMCCH) Adoption Fund in lieu of flowers.
Dorothy I am so sorry to hear of Frank's passing. Please take care of yourself and know you have many prayers from many friends. You will see him again one day.
Debra GranthamArtesia, NM
My condolences for Franks family. My prayers are for the families strength during this troubled time, my God comfort you during your sorrow.
Clinton HannaAbilene, TX
If you wanted to see something done perfectly Frank was your man. His attention to detail was pretty much unmatched. He bought an old delivery truck from us once and when I walked in his shop I didn't even recognize it, it looked brand new. Godspeed to you sir and I sincerely hope you are working on those gorgeous cars in Heaven.
Vern BoltonRoswell, NM
Dorothy, I am so very sorry about Frank. I pray for your comfort and peace, that only God can give, as you grieve. Please know that you are very special. I wish I was there to hug your neck. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. God bless you.
LuAnn BeardemphlLubbock, TX
Dear Dorothy, & Family
We want to send Our Prayers during this difficult time. Frank was a very neat man. He will be miss by all. Love you all.
Autherean & Sue PrudeArtesia, NM
You will be missed. Always such a special friend. Our hearts are with you and family
John and Marsha GundersonArtesia, NM