Mr. Hammontree was a founding member and deacon of Grace Baptist Church, where he directed the choir for 35 years. He also served in the United States Army during World War II.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lester Truman and Lola Hammontree; brother, Roy Hammontree; and sisters, Etta Rich and Wilene Huey.
Survivors include his loving wife of nearly 67 years, Jean Evelyn Hammontree of Dalton; son and daughter-in-law, Eddie and O’Keema Hammontree of Chatsworth; daughters and sons-in-law, Jean and Johnson Todd of Chatsworth and Penny and Marc Carpenter of Crandall; brother and sister-in-law, Parham and Jean Hammontree of Calhoun; grandchildren, David and Amanda Todd, Edward and Angie Todd, and Emily and Jason Teasley; great-grandchildren, Breanna, Eli, and Luke Todd, Jenny and Jason Todd, Staci and Joe Langham, and Brayden and Christy Teasley; great-great-grandchild, Ama Langham; nieces; nephews; and cousins.
Funeral services for Mr. Joseph Hoyt Hammontree were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 28, 2012 in the chapel of Peeples Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Grace Baptist Church Cemetery.
Family members received friends at the funeral home after 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, and friends were welcome from 5-9 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Mr. Hammontree may be mailed to: Grace Baptist Church, Attn: Grady Patterson, 345 Rob Brooks Road, Crandall, Georgia 30711.
Peeples Funeral Home and Crematory of Chatsworth is in charge of the arrangements.