Leonard Harold Hamm, Jr., “Billy” as he was known by everyone who knew and loved him, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017 at Bay Medical Center sacred Heart in Panama City.
Billy was born Sept. 19, 1947, during a hurricane in Port St. Joe, to Leonard and Alice Ham of Apalachicola. He was known as the “Hurricane Baby” whose mom was transported by the Florida Highway Patrol to the hospital during Hurricane George that made landfall in Louisiana.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War from 1966 to 1969. After his discharge from the Army, he served in the National Guard from 1972 until 1991. He was an active member of the Apalachicola Masonic Lodge #76.
Billy was an avid hunter and fisherman and if you ever wanted to find him, you can bet you would find him in the woods, or out on the river enjoying his second love.
He is survived by his two children, Tirah (Derrick) of Westcliffe, Colorado, and James (Lacey) of Eastpoint; his four beautiful grandchildren, Peyton, Dax, Aubrey and Garrett; his siblings, Richard Ham (Jannie) of Apalachicola, Jack Ham of Apalachicola, Joe Ham (Shirley) of Carrabelle and Melanie Smith (Barry) of Carrabelle and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends that he called family.
Preceded in death by both of his parents, Leonard and Alice Ham, Billy was of the Baptist faith.
Services will be held Monday, Dec. 4 at Kelley Funeral Home. Family visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m., friends from 11 a.m. to noon, and graveside service at 12:30 p.m. at Magnolia Cemetery in Apalachicola.
Kelley Funeral Home is assisting in all arrangements.