Joseph Carr Hamme “Joe”
Joseph Carr Hamme “Joe” passed away Sunday, August 15, 2021 at the age of 86 at his home in Oxford. His family remembers him as the embodiment of all that is best in a loving husband, father and grandfather.
He was born on January 13, 1935, the oldest of four children, to the late Joseph Hamme and Carrie Parham Hamme. Joe graduated from NC State while it was still NC State College. He served in the United States Army and was stationed in Germany. He was a lifelong member of Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church where he was on the vestry. He spent his career as a forester and a tobacco warehouseman. Joe was never happier than when he was cruising timber, running a sale on the warehouse floor or spending time with family and friends.
He loved Granville County and the state of North Carolina and lived his life to serve the community. Joe was always quick to answer a call or request from his Granville County neighbors. His life was characterized by service and countless acts of generosity. He never sought the limelight or desired recognition for his deeds.
Joe served as a Granville County Commissioner and as the Chairman of the Board of Granville Medical Center. He was appointed by Gov. James B. Hunt to the North Carolina Board of Transportation. Joe was active on many other community service and business boards.
In 1985, he was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine. Before his death he was an active member of the Henry F. Granger Masonic Lodge, the Granville County Shrine Club and the American Legion.
Joe leaves behind a loving family. Surviving are his wife of sixty years, Betty Jo Hamme; a daughter, Betty Carr Hamme Fudge (Chip); two grandchildren, Kaitlyn Fudge Venditti (Dan) and Jordan Fudge (Paige Downing, girlfriend); two sisters, Carolyn Noblin (Charlie) and Peggy Youngblood; his sister-in-law, Nancy Hopper (Bill); brother-in-law, Gregory Leggett (Priscilla); his nieces, Paula Hopper, Cheryl Baker (Brian), Janet Noel (Chris) and Kathy Collins (Jeff); nephews, Charlie Noblin (Shelley), Lewis Taylor (Gina), Mac McLean (Camille), Chris Leggett and Gregory Leggett and many other family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his sister, Julia Ann Taylor (Dick, surviving).
A graveside service will be held at Meadowview Memorial Park on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at 11:00 AM, officiated by Reverend Dr. Vincent Kopp. Visitation will follow the service at Meadowview Memorial Park.
Due to an increase in Covid-19 cases, masks or appropriate face coverings are required.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Ernest F. Hart American Legion Post 90, 914 Williamsboro St., P.O. Box 453, Oxford, NC 27565 Attention: Roy Laney or Joe Hamme Memorial, or memorials may be made to the Masonic Home for Children, 600 College St., Oxford, NC 27565.