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James P. Hammers October 16, 1921 - April 2, 2013

Barnes Family Funerals - James P. Hammers

James P. Hammers, age 91 formerly of Sparta, passed away in his Springfield home on Tuesday evening, April 2,2013. He was born October 16,1921in Kimberling City, the son of Frank and Stella (Burris) Hammers. On February 27, 1976 he was united in marriage to Tressie Matlock.

James worked as an operating mechanical engineer for a heavy construction company and assisted with the construction of Table Rock Dam. After completing the dam project, he moved to California to further develop the high-tech freeway. James later moved to Nevada and worked at the mercury test site where the Atom Bomb was built. He then returned to Missouri and worked at Silver Dollar City. James was also a member of Oldfield Gospel Church for many years and enjoyed the rural life.

James is survived by two sons James Hammers Jr. and wife Tracy of Ohio, Ray Dennis Hammers and wife Nancy of Nevada; two daughters Carolyn Bench and husband Gary of Nixa, Donna Vaughn and husband Bill of Sparta; one brother Gene Hammers of Texas; ten grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and several other caring relatives. James was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, three sisters, and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 6, 2013 in Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ozark with Pastor Ben DeWitt officiating. James was laid to rest in Kimberling City Cemetery. Visitation was 10:00-11:00 a.m. prior to service time. On line condolences may be shared at www.barnesfamilyfunerals.com.


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    Julie Bench says

    JP was a wonderful man, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He will be sadly missed. Please accept him into your arms Dear Lord and wrap him in your love.

    I am truly sorry Tressie! Please know we love you and will always be here for you.

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    Catherine (Cathy Jean Hammer)s Gutz says

    I sure am going to miss you and our conversations. You kept me young and always made me laugh. I’m sure you’re up with the family…telling stories and getting everyone going. Love you Uncle Phillip. Cathy Jean

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    Dani Hammer Fuller says

    I will miss you Uncle Phillip. Your phone calls always warmed my heart and made my day. You will always be with me in my heart.

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    Marcie Hammers says

    I will miss talking with you and seeing your smiling face. You have been a steady source of love and laughter for our family. We will miss you so much.
    I know you were greeted by many loved ones in the great beyond and will be there for us still.
    Love you – till we meet again, God Speed,
    Marcie Hammers

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    Stacey Hammers Gray says

    I’m going to miss you so much. You were such a joy to talk to and be around. I appreciate your effort to always keep in touch when we let our lives get too busy. You could always make me laugh, and always made me feel loved. I look forward to seeing you again. We love you,
    Stacey, Jamie Lynn, & James

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    Lydia lozano (hammers) says

    I love you so big PaPaw! I wish we could’ve spent so much more time together! You will be missed but always in our hearts. You were always so full of life & laughter! Love you forever!