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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.


  • VIVIAN WRIGHT Posted August 16, 2021 8:27 pm

    My sympathy to the family. I knew Mr. Hamme through Granville United Bank. He was so kind to all who knew him. Keeping all the family in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Audrey Smith Posted August 17, 2021 12:37 am

    To the Hamme and Noblin families, prayers for peace and comfort to you all in the loss of Joe.

    In His name. Audrey Smith

  • Elaine Currin Pellegrink Posted August 17, 2021 1:29 am

    So sorry to hear !! I have so many fond memories !! My prayers are with you all ❤️🙏🏼

  • Samuel Thomas Currin Posted August 17, 2021 1:30 am

    Mr. Hamme was a gentleman in every respect. He was one of the best friends my parents had. Granville County has produced many great men, but none finer than Joe Hamme. My sincerest condolences to his family.

  • JERRY LANIER Posted August 17, 2021 12:08 pm

    Sad to hear of Joe’s passing, we had many great afternoon visits with friends at “The Cabin” and the warehouse.
    It has been a few years but I will always remember his humor.

  • Walter Thorpe Posted August 17, 2021 6:40 pm

    Mr. Hamme was a good man. He, Mrs. Hamme, and Mr. and Mrs. Fudge have all been good to me and my family. Our prayers are with you all during this time. May the grace of God bless and keep you all. He will be missed.

  • Claudia and Billy Daniel Posted August 17, 2021 8:35 pm

    We always loved our time spent with Joe. He and Daddy were quite a pair! We are so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you with love.

  • Ronald Ragland Posted August 17, 2021 10:30 pm

    Joe and I sat beside each other in the first grade. And we had a good life, family, career and served in the Army. And we both married wonderful country girls name Betty!

  • ernie averett Posted August 29, 2021 7:32 pm

    A fine gentleman in every way. Joe was a dear friend and a man of great generosity. This old world would be much better off with more Joe Hammes in it. RIP

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