Dr. Larry Joe Hammett, 75, of Hattiesburg, MS, passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 4, 2013, at Forrest General Hospital.
A celebration of life service will be held at 4:00 pm at Main Street United Methodist Church. Reverend Walter Pigott will be officiating and assisting will be Reverend Vicki Hughes and Father Godfrey. Visitation will be held from 6-9 p.m. on Monday, August 5th at the Moore Funeral Home and again on Tuesday, August 6th, at Main Street United Methodist Church from 3-4 p.m. Memorials may be made to a special fund at Forrest General Hospital to purchase reclining chairs for the ICU/CCU Waiting Area.
Larry was born September 18, 1937, in Fort Worth, Texas, to James W. and Lois Hammett. He graduated from Bolton High School in Alexandria, Louisiana, in 1955 and from Louisiana State University in 1959, where he played collegiate tennis for four years. In 1963, he graduated from LSU Medical Center in New Orleans, LA, and married the love of his life, Patsy Ann Cormier, from Church Point, LA. He completed his internship and residency in otolaryngology at Confederate Memorial Hospital in Shreveport, LA, in 1969. He practiced as an ENT in Hattiesburg, MS, for 39 years.
Larry loved talking to all his patients about God more than their illnesses. He enjoyed tennis, golf, fishing and praising the Lord. He was a cofounder of the Hattiesburg Racquet Club and served as President for several terms. Professionally, he was elected as Secretary of the South MS Medical Society and President of the Medical Staff at Wesley Medical Center.
Larry is survived by his wife, Patsy; daughters Susan Wilmore and her husband Randy of Alexandria, LA; son Michael Hammett and his wife Christy of Hattiesburg, MS; daughter Holly Hammett of Hattiesburg, MS; and daughter Anne-Marie Cancienne and her husband Craig of Austin, TX. He is also survived by seven grandchildren: Travis, Thomas, Alex, Hunter, Addison, Mary Hadley and Emma; and his brother Dr. Malcolm Hammett and his wife Carolyn of Tyler, TX and several nieces and nephews and dog Angel.