Mary Ruth Hammer (Sign Guestbook)

Mary Ruth (Bean) Hammer, 102, passed away on August 16, 2019, at University of Tennessee Medical Center. She was an active member of Washington Pike Baptist Church, Knoxville where she served as Organist for many years. She was a pastor’s wife for over 50 years and taught piano for over 30 years.

Mary Ruth is preceded in death by her parents, Hugh and Ida Bean, and her husband of 62 years, Dr. D.L. Hammer. She is survived by three daughters, Carol Arthur of Columbia, Mississippi, Cindy Deaderick (Robert) of Knoxville, and Gail Christian (Jerry) of Kingston, Tennessee. She also leaves 9 grandchildren: Rebecca (Arthur) Brodgon (Kyle), Charles L. Arthur, Shawna (Deaderick) English (Jeff), Tiffany (Deaderick) Kourofsky (Nathan), Ryan Deaderick (Barb), Chad Sparks (Darla), Chanda Childress (Chad) , Sarah Narramore (Colt), and Amanda Hutson (Erik). Additionally, she leaves 20 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, August 18, 2019, at 2:00 PM at Washington Pike Baptist Church (1700 Washington Pike, Knoxville, TN 37917). A graveside service will be conducted on Monday, August 19, at 10:00 AM at Woodlawn Cemetery (4500 Woodlawn Pike, Knoxville, TN 37920).

Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel is honored to serve the Hammer family and invites you to view and sign the online registry below.

5 guestbook entries for “Mary Ruth Hammer”:

  1. Kylene Hansard and Marie Kennedy says:

    This really sweet lady will be missed. One of my daughters took piano lessons from her. Sympathy to the family. Marie my mom knew her and D.L.

  2. Carolyn Clifford says:

    Enjoyed working with her as a volunteer at St. Marys.
    She was a very special lady.
    Carolyn Clifford

    • Linda Tutterow and Roberta Hurst (Tutterow) says:

      She was a special lady. She will be sadly miss.

      She was one of our favorite pastor wife.At Washington Pike Baptist

  3. Homer and Sue Mills says:

    We lived in the neighborhood with Mrs. Hammer. A very special lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hammer family.

    Homer and Sue Mills

  4. Jane Weaver Vineyard says:

    Knew Mary Ruth in the 1960’s at WPBC. She had a servant heart. Prayers for the family.

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