Pictures by  Paul Hamm,  Harold Hamm, & Sharon Hamm Sickles
Burial site of

James Rudolph Hamm

born  October 8, 1925   died  May 1, 2006

and his wife

Irene Powell

born  April 5, 1921   died July 31, 1988
Kaitlin  Savannah  Kelley

G-Granddaughter of Rudolph Hamm through his daughter, Diane Edwards; and her daughter, Rebecca McCauley Kelley  (Kaitlin's  mother)
Marv Hamm's Genealogy Home Page
Highland Memorial Gardens -- Bessemer, Alabama
3115 18th Ave N, Bessemer, AL  35020
Just west of exit 113 off Interstate 59 & 20    Phone:  205-428-1201
Funeral service and burial site for James Rudolph Hamm
JAMES RUDOLPH HAMM  was born in Selma, AL to his proud parents, Herman Hamm and Mary Ellen Gardner
Hamm. He had two brothers, Robert and Marvin.  Rudolph met Irene Powell in Montgomery, AL, and they were
married on January 27, 1947.  They had four children:

Joan Sargent (Bill)
Diane Edwards (Mike)
Debbie Dean (Dennis)
Gary Powell Hamm (Russell)

Rudolph also was the proud grandfather and great grandfather to the following:

Rodney Oglesbey (Sherry) and his daughter Kayla
Rebecca Kelly (Shawn) and their daughter, Kaitlin
Brady Oglesbey (Nicole) and their children, Dustin, Christian and Mason
Clayton Edwards (Erin) and their son, Dalton

Rudolph was known and loved by all the children in his neighborhood of Wilkes Circle, where he has lived since
1953.  He enjoyed working in and watching his garden grow and sharing it with his friends.  He was also an avid
Atlanta Braves fan.

James Rudolph Hamm enlisted in the Marine Corps on Jan. 3, 1942, at the age of 16 years old.  He had to fib about his
age to join and trained at Parris Island and then at New River (now Camp Lejeune).  Rudolph turned 17 years old
while serving on Guadalcanal.  He participated in action against Japanese forces on Guadalcanal, B.S.I.; Cape
Gloucester, N.B.; and Peleliu, Palau.  After being discharged he returned to Montgomery, AL, and then to Midfield, AL,
where he retired from U.S. Steel after 33 years of service.  He was a member of the V.F.W. and American Legion.  
Predeceased in death by his loving wife, Irene, on July 31, 1988, and beloved friend Loraine Hammock.  His extended
family includes Loraine's children, Aubrey (Mary Lee), Cherry (Steve), Joe (Sharon), Norman (Michelle), Connie
(Butch), and Diane (Lee).  He will be missed by all including his mischievous pet beagle, Henry.


May 3, 2006:  Funeral Services will be held at Brown Service West Chapel today at 4:00 p.m.  Burial will follow at
Highland Memorial Gardens.  Visitation will be held prior to services from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Brown Service West Chapel will be serving the Hamm family, (205) 744-7666.

Published in The Birmingham News on 5/3/2006.  
Obituary for

James Rudolph Hamm