Oscar Curtis Hammond Jr., 71, of Mexico Beach, Florida, passed away Aug. 8, 2014 at his home. He was born Dec. 14, 1943 in Panama City, Florida to Oscar Curtis Hammond Sr. and Ruth Lindsey Hammond. He graduated from Port St. Joe High School and attended college at FSU, transferred to the University of Florida, and earned his Mechanical Engineer Degree. He worked on various aerospace projects such as F-35, F-22, B-2 Stealth Bomber and many more. He enjoyed his boats, hunting and fishing with his two Labrador Retrievers.
He was preceded in death by his father; and brother, Eric Hammond.
He is survived by three children; Natalie Franks (Richard), Dr. Kelley Batten (Joel), and Joseph Christian Herring; mother, Ruth Hammond; two grandchildren, Brooks Batten and Cooper Batten; sister, Betty Rich (David); nieces and nephews, David Rich, Amy Rich Kirkus (Jason), Michael Hammond, Pam Nunnery, Eric Pitts; and special friend, Susan Langford. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday in the First United Methodist Church of Wewahitchka with Pastor Darryl Roberts officiating. Interment will follow in Buckhorn Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, prior to the service. Active pallbearers will be Joel Batton, Richard Franks, George Duren, Lawrence Lindsey, Michael Hammond, David Christopher Rich and Jason Kirkus. Those desiring to may make a donation to the Humane Society of Port St. Joe, Florida in memory of Mr. Hammond.