Meridian Star


February 23, 2013

Ben Hammond


    Services for Benjamin “Ben” Samuel Hammond IV will be held today at 11 a.m. at Coker’s Chapel United Methodist Church with the Rev. Davey Wilkinson and the Rev. David Keller officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery with Robert Barham Family Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

    Ben, age 13, of the Vimville Community died Tuesday in Lauderdale County.  He was an eighth grade student at Southeast Middle School and was a member of Coker’s Chapel United Methodist Church.  Ben was loved by all who knew him and leaves a legacy of human kindness and joyfulness.

    He enjoyed the outdoors and spending time hunting, fishing, boating, four-wheeling, playing baseball and football, and attending MSU football games with his Mimi and Papaw Jim.  One of his greatest loves was working around the farm with his Daddy and Papaw Sam.  Ben just loved life.

    Ben is survived by his parents, B. S. “Benji” and Danyel Campbell Hammond III, a sister, Peytyn Hammond, his grandparents, B. S. “Sam” Hammond II, all of Meridian, and Freda Hammond and Larry Park of Atlanta, Ga., Jim and Pat Campbell of Prattville, Ala., great-grandmother, Lena Linton, of Meridian, great-grandfather Roger Caris and great-grandmother Mary Caris, of Hastings, Mich., great-grandparents, Paul and Shirley Waldron, of Carson City, Mich., two uncles, Trey (Emily) Campbell, of Richmond Hills, Ga., and Eric (Madison) Campbell, of Meridian, his best friends Cody Bean, Luke Sciple, Zack Sciple, Ben McGraw, Grey Harper, and his dog, Sassy, and many extended family members and friends.

    Ben was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, B. S. “Ben” and Wilma Hammond I, James Felix Linton, and James F. and Georgia Campbell.

    Pallbearers will be Trey Campbell, Eric Campbell, Jeff Linton, Anthony Linton, Brian Harper, Jason “Poohbear” Ortego, Jason Bean, and Chad Sciple.         Honorary pallbearers will be the Southeast Jr. High Baseball Team.

    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Coker’s Chapel UMC, 3042 Jeff Davis School Rd., Meridian.

    Friends and family may sign the online guest book at

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