|Birth: ||Jan. 17, 1881|
|Death: ||Jan. 5, 1974|
Obituary from the Shreveport Times newspaper, Jan. 6, 1974, Sunday, p. 16-A:
Hammett Services Pending
Funeral arrangements for A. G. Hammett Sr., longtime Caddo Parish tax assessor, are incomplete at Osborn Funeral Home.
Mr. Hammett, 92, died at his residence at 825 River Road at 1 p.m. Saturday after a short illness. He had been a resident of Shreveport since 1909.
He served as tax assessor for the parish from 1933 to 1964 when he retired and was succeeded by his stepson, Charles R. Henington.
Mr. Hammett was instrumental in organizing the Louisiana Assessors' Association and served as its first secretary. He also served as vice president, president and chairman of the legislative committee of the organization. In addition, Mr. Hammett was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Louisiana Assessors' Retirement Fund.
Mr. Hammett also was a past state chairman of the National Association of Assessing Officers, and served two years as vice president of the organization before his election as president. In 1964, the association gave him a special award for his public service.
He was elected vice president of the International Association of Assessing Officers in 1960, and served as the organization's president in 1961 and 1962. Mr. Hammett received the group's first presidential citation in 1962, and in 1965 was voted one of five honorary lifetime members.
Mr. Hammett was born in Campti in Natchitoches Parish on Jan. 17, 1881. He attended the public schools of Natchitoches Parish and Northwestern State University.
After leaving college, he was a bookkeeper for plantation stores in Red River and Bossier parishes, a railroad station agent and postmaster, a traveling salesman for a local packing house and operator of several cotton plantations.
Later Mr. Hammett entered the planting and livestock business, becoming a prominent North Louisiana planter and owning three mercantile establishments and three public cotton gins.
He became a real estate agent and was hired by the City of Shreveport to acquire the title to land on which Barksdale Air Force Base was built. The Quartermaster General's office employed him to supervise the construction of the flying field, then the largest in the world. The City of Shreveport also hired Mr. Hammett to supervise the construction of the Downtown Airport.
Mr. Hammett was a member of the First Methodist Church, the Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, Shrine, Mithra Grotto, Jesters, Odd Fellows, Elks and Eastern Star.
Survivors include his widow, the former Alphonse Henington; one daughter, Mrs. B. C. Crothers of Ferriday; one son, James W. Hammett of New Orleans; one stepson, Charles R. Henington; one sister, Mrs. Caroline Hammett Brown of Natichitoches; and five grandchildren.
Obituary from the Shreveport Times newspaper, Jan. 7, 1974, Monday, p. 14-A [excerpts]:
Funeral services for A. G. Hammett Sr., longtime Caddo Parish tax assessor, will be held at 2:30 p.m. today in the First Methodist Church with Dr. D. L. Dykes, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Forest Park Cemetery under the direction of the Osborn Funeral Home.
Tax Assessor Charles Henington, Mr. Hammett's stepson, said the Caddo Parish Tax Assessor's Office would be closed at noon today in memory of Mr. Hammett.
Pallbearers will be A. M. Leary, T. B. Langford, Ed Jackson, James H. Kennedy, Norman Register, Dr. Charles J. Stamper Sr., Dr. Leon J. Bain Sr. and Dudley Black.
Enoch E Hammett (1849 - 1904)
Paralee Jones Hammett (1845 - 1927)
Berta Wells Hammett (1881 - 1952)*
Alphonse Rodrigues Smith (1904 - 2009)*
Berta Hammett Crothers (1908 - 1993)*
James Wells Hammett (1918 - 1977)*
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