September 14, 1941 ~ August 31, 2009

Born in: Sylacauga, AL,
Resided in: Washington, DC

Joe Henry Hamner, Jr., 67, of Washington D.C., passed away Monday, August 31, 2009, following a brief illness. A native of Sylacauga, Alabama, he was the son of Maureen Kuykendall Hamner of Phoenix, Arizona and the late Joe Henry Hamner, Sr. Mr. Hamner earned a degree in Political Science from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. He earned a Juris Doctor of Law degree from the Tulane Law School in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he practiced law for sixteen years. While living in Boone, NC, he earned an M.B.A. from Appalachian State University. He was employed most recently as an accountant with the National Academy of Education in Washington D.C. Surviving in addition to his mother are his former wife, Reni N. Hamner of Asheville; sons Joe H. Hamner III of Atlanta, GA, Derek H. Hamner of Washington, DC, and Ryan O. Hamner and wife, Courtney, and granddaughters Anna and Elise, all of Asheville; sisters, Susan H. Englund of Chattanooga, TN and Ann M. Hamner of Phoenix, AZ. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 12, at Lewis Memorial Park, 415 Beaverdam Road, Asheville, with the Rev. J. Layton Mauze', III, of the First Presbyterian Church. A memorial service will be held in Washington, DC, at a later date. In honor of Joe's active involvement in, and commitment to his church's music program, a dedicated fund has been established in his name. Memorial contributions may be made to the music program at All Souls Church, Unitarian, 2835 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009. Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue is assisting with the arrangements.

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  1. Ryan, Derek, and Joey, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your father, I don’t know if you remember me or not, but I grew up in Bent Creek with you guys! I will be praying for you and your family, take care, Christi

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  2. Dear Reni and Joey,
    A lifetime has past and with the new technology I decided to look for old friends who are still dear. So sorry to hear about Joe’s passing. My thoughts are with you. I was just in DC and wish I had thought of tracking you down sooner. Etty

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