Clayton Edward Hamm
ODESSA — Clayton Edward Hamm, 92, died Sunday, June 13, 2004. He was
born October 6, 1911, in Duncan, Okla. He was a lifelong worker in the
oilfields, starting when he skipped high school in Oklahoma City to
stand on the street corner and wait for the drilling crews to pick him
up. He and his family followed the drilling rigs all over Oklahoma,
Texas, Louisiana and even into Illinois. He originally came to Odessa in
1935. He worked for oilfield service companies and retired at age 74
from Atlas Pipe and Equipment of Midland. He served with the 3rd
Battalion Seabees during WWII.
His hobbies were his yard and garden and sitting on the steps smoking
his pipe and watching the clouds. Clayton loved puppies and babies,
especially his great-grandbabies. He was a member of Bethany Christian
Church. His last home was Parks Methodist Retirement Center where he was
surrounded by loving caregivers.
He is survived by his wife, Clara Dale Hamm of Odessa; daughters,
Patricia A. Fry of Odessa and Janice K. Green of Conroe; stepdaughters,
Becky Ann Gray of Houston and Nancy Jo Campbell of Fort Worth; two
grandchildren, Tony Fry and Monica Fry, both of Odessa; four
stepgrandchildren, Richard Reeves of League City, Danny Reeves of
Rosharon, Jennifer Barber of League City and Tamara Cooper of Crowley;
and 16 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 16, 2004, at
Bethany Christian Church with the Rev. Jimmy Braswell officiating.
Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
“The tide recedes but leaves behind bright seashells on the sand. The
sun goes down, but gentle warmth still lingers on the land. The music
stops, and yet it echoes on its sweet refrain. For every joy that passes
something beautiful remains.”
Services entrusted to Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.