Jerry Robert Hamm, November 3, 1944~August 25, 2016

Jerry Robert Hamm was born on November 3, 1944 in Fort Smith, AR to Jo Maude McNamara and Gene Hamm.

Mr. and Mrs. Hamm moved to Fayetteville, AR where Jerry was raised with his two sisters, Judy Jean and Susan Kay.

He was sworn into the Air Force on his seventeenth birthday in 1961. Jerry moved to Dallas, TX to work for Frontier Airlines in 1973. He met Martha Lee Hudgel and the couple was married July 6, 1974.

Jerry and Martha returned to Jerry’s hometown of Fayetteville, AR to care for Jerry’s ailing father and raise their children. Jerry resided in Fayetteville, AR until his death, August 25, 2016.

Jerry was a charitable man and champion of the underdog and was a die hard Dallas Cowboys fan. He volunteered at the M&N Augustine Foundation, Faith in Action, and The Music House.

He was preceeded in death by his parents, his younger sister, Susan Kay Hamm and his brother-in-law, Wayne Greenwood. Jerry is survived by his wife of forty-two years, Martha Hamm; his sister, Judy Greenwood; his niece, Jill Greenwood; nephew, Chris Greenwood; his son, Eric Hamm; his daughter, Hilary Tedford and son-in-law, Chris Tedford; his daughter, April Hamm; his sons, Shea Hamm and Alex Hamm. Jerry has five grandchildren, Arica Baughman, Tiffany Hamm, Jaxson Hamm, Madeleine Tedford and Rowan Tedford; and great-niece, Alexis Greenwood.

Jerry was loved dearly by his family and friends and will be greatly missed.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Friday, September 2, 2016 at Beard’s Funeral Chapel.


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    Teri Crofford » 30. Aug, 2016

    Please accept my most sincere sympathy in the loss of your father, father in law, husband, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend, etc. God will be there to give you strength and comfort during this very difficult time. I am so sorry for your loss. I am sending hugs and prayers to help in
    some way to bring comfort.

    Rachel Pike » 31. Aug, 2016

    Sending hugs and my love to you all. Jerry will be greatly missed. I have such wonderful memories growing up next-door to the Hamms (especially snow days sledding down our hilly back yards!). Your family has played a big part in my life, and also that of my mom, dad and brother’s, and you are in our thoughts and prayers. I am so very sorry for your loss. I know words can’t erase the pain and sadness, but I hope they provide some comfort. There are a lot of people that love your family dearly, and we are all here for you.

    Phillip E. Cate » 31. Aug, 2016

    I am saddened to hear of the passing of Jerry. Although we had sort of lost touch over the last several years, i have good memories of school in Fayettevile , clift’s drive in, and other activities with Jerry. I have often wondered about Jerry and his family, but did not know how to contact him. Rest in peace my friend and may the peace and comfort of God be with the family.



    J. R. Meeks » 01. Sep, 2016

    April, hugs to you!

    Rick & Ann Chitwood » 01. Sep, 2016

    We are so sorry for your loss. He will be missed. Hugs to all.

    Sarah Pace Chavez » 01. Sep, 2016

    So sorry for the loss of your Dad, Eric, & our deep sympathy to all the family, Martha & all your siblings. I have good memories of Jerry Bob from years ago.. I think I was 6 years old, when he married my sis Jerre Beth. I thought it was wonderful that he & Martha welcomed her & remained friends over the years. May God comfort you all as only He can.

    Mickey Cain » 01. Sep, 2016

    I knew Jerry as a young boy and found him to be very bright and full of life. I last saw him in Dallas in the 80s and he seemed to be quite happy. My thoughts are with Judy and the family.

    Kathleen Holzaepfel » 08. Sep, 2016

    Jerry and his wife Martha and I have been friends since 1975 when I moved to Dallas, TX. I met Martha first as a co-worker and quickly developed bonds with both her and Jerry. We maintained contact by phone over the years their children were growing up. I have never met a more loving, giving, generous, adventurous person than Jerry. He lived life to the fullest, and set an example of perseverance toward goal achievement and faith in the ultimate good of humankind. I will remember him always.