Funeral services for Gary Edward Hammons, 68, of Ringling are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, at the Asphaltum Assembly of God Church of Ringling, with the Rev. Ronnie Carroll officiating. Interment will follow at the Ringling Memorial Cemetery of Ringling. Services are under the direction of Alexander Funeral Home of Ringling.
Gary was born Feb. 6, 1945, at Ringling, to Tommy Edward Hammons and Audrey V. (McClain) Hammons. He went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, at Wilson.
Gary was a resident of Ringling most all of his life. He graduated from Ringling High School in 1963 and then went to vocational school for welding. He was a jack-of-all-trades able to do anything he set his mind to. He was an excellent carpenter and mechanic. His nicknames were Goober and McGyver because his mechanic abilities and intuitive ideas on fixing things.
Gary worked as a carpenter for many years and also was employed in the oilfield as a driller, lastly for L.E. Jones. He loved to hunt and fish spending his entire life on Mud Creek. He fought fighting roosters for several years where he became well-known and loved by many. He was a member of the Church of Christ of Ringling.
Preceding him in death was his father, Tommy; and brother, Ronnie Hammons.
Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Helen of the home; sons, Dustin Hammons and wife, Stephanie of Ringling, and Gary Lynn Hammons of Sherman, Texas; daughter, Tammy Rutledge of Wichita, Kan.; mother, Audrey Hammons of Ringling; brother, Johnny Hammons of Ardmore; grandchildren, Wes, Tyson, Tuff, Titan, Misty, Lance and Tessa; two great-grandchildren, Ethan and Isabella; nephews, Ty, Trey and Trent and niece, Hollie Bates; and numerous other family.
Pallbearers are Johnny Blankenship, Troy Huggins, Virgil Davis, Sam Beams, McLane Rose, Vickie Aulds, Eddie Aulds, Peck Pemberton, John Reid and Ronald Paul.
Family visitation will be 6-8 this evening at the funeral home in Ringling.
Condolences may be sent online at www.alexanderfuneralhome.org.