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From: "Vera Reeves" <>
Subject: Bray
Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2005 11:21:07 -0600
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Calico Rock Progress - Mar 29, 1940 - Long Illness Fatal to Judge Hammett
John W. Hammett, well known citizen of this place and former county
judge, died in the Baptist Hospital in Little Rock, at about 6:00 o'clock
Saturday night. His passing is the termination of an illness of several
weeks. About seven weeks ago he accompanied Mrs Hammett to the hospital,
where the latter underwent a serious operation and a day or so before he was
to return to this place, he suffered a collapse that forced him to
confinement and led to his death. He showed but little improvement from the
time he entered the hospital as a patient. His death was not unexpected.
Mr Hammett was born and reared in the vicinity of Wideman and
practically all his life was spent in Izard County. He was the son of Mr and
Mrs William Hammett, the former of whom passed away many years ago. He grew
to manhood at Wideman and was engaged at farming, later engaging in the
ginning and mercantile business as a partner with his uncle, the late A. F.
Hammett. About 16 years ago he moved to Calico Rock, purchasing the cotton
gin here and continued as a partner in the business until his death. In 1934
he was elected county and probate judge of this county, serving four years
in this office and it was during his tenure of office that the present
courthouse project was secured and work was started on the new building. He
proved himself a very competent official and had a strong personal
following. He was a successful business man and made a success of every
business undertaking. His unexpected illness and subsequent death came as a
shock to his host of friends, all of whom knew him as a true friend and
Mr Hammett was 53 years of age. He was married to Miss Allie Bray of
Wideman October 6, 1908. Two sons were born to this union, one dying in
He is survived by his wife; one son, Ethelle; granddaughter,
Patricia; mother, Mrs Annie Reynolds of Mtn Home; two half-brothers, Eddie
and Ossie Reynolds, besides other relatives. Funeral services were held at
the Methodist Church here, Monday at 1:00 p.m., services being conducted by
the pastor, Rev J. w. Johnston. Interment was in the cemetery at Wideman,
with the Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville in charge of arrangements.
Pall bearers were H.W. Wright, E. C. Rodman, J. M. Floyd, Cecil Brumitt,
Elmer Estes and Neill Brooks.

Wideman Cemetery
John W. Hammett 1886-1940
Allie M. Hammett 1891-1867

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