Longevity and loyalty seem to define Ed Hammond. Ed and his wife Barbara founded Hammond Services in 1979. Family owned and operated for the past 40 years, Hammond Services has been helping homeowners find solutions to heating and cooling, electrical, plumbing and septic issues that arise in Bibb, Butts, Clayton, Coweta, Fayette, Henry, Lamar, Meriwether, Monroe, Pike, Spalding and Upson counties.
Ed retired from the United States Air Force in 1977 with an emphasis in mental health and moved to Griffin to help his in-laws. He knew he wanted a career change. Ed graduated Griffin Technical College* in 1978 with a Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Diploma and returned later that year and graduated in 1980 with an Electrical Construction and Maintenance Diploma.
“I wanted to do something the ordinary person couldn’t repair by themselves,” Ed said. “Right before I graduated the first time, they started the electrical program. The heating and air instructor, Jim Bussey, asked me to teach at night, and I took classes in the electrical during the day.
“As soon as I finished that, I started full time into the business,” he said. “Griffin Tech was fantastic for me. It gave me all the theory and basics I needed to know. If I ever had a problem in the field, I’d go back to Jim Bussey and he’d help me figure it out.”
Barbara was the receptionist and bookkeeper. Ed said her customer service skills were so good, customers would send goodies for him to bring back to her.
“One of my first hires, Jeff Snow, is still working with Hammond,” Ed said. “He was a student at Griffin Tech.”
Ed and Brenda started the business from his home’s garage. He said he was thrifty and never bought a vehicle that he could not purchase without cash. He retired from Hammond Services in 1998, and his son, David, who was an engineer, stepped in as president. Hammond Services has expanded in their services, service area and hours. Hammond Services is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year. Ed said he knows things never break when it’s convenient for the customer, so Hammond Services makes sure they are always available to help.
“I’m a firm believer in technical colleges,” Ed said. “When I taught at the college, I was in charge of a program at the high school. I would also show middle school students how they could go to school, learn a trade and make money. I tell my family you not only need an education, but you need to learn a trade you can use, too.”
Since his retirement, Ed became a full-time volunteer and put his talents to use for Men and Women of Action, a Church of God affiliated organization that performs essential construction projects for those who otherwise could never afford it. Ed has a special interest in helping those in his community, especially the elderly.
His son David said, “My father and his local team have built countless wheel chair ramps, re-roofed homes, made critical structural repairs, restored plumbing services, repaired HVAC, responded to disasters such as hurricanes and tornados and built churches. The legacy he leaves behind is enormous due to the impact he has made in so many lives both at Hammond services, as well as through the 20 years he volunteered for Men and Women of Action. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from them.”
Ed said he had a lucrative career, but his greatest achievement has been helping people in need. “You can’t have a perfect day until you can help someone who can never repay you,” Ed said.
Ed and Barbara were married for 60 years and have three children, seven grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Barbara recently died on December 8, 2018.
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*Southern Crescent Technical College was formed in 2010 as a result of a merger between Flint River Technical College in Thomaston and Griffin Technical College in Griffin. Southern Crescent Technical College is a public, accredited, two-year post-secondary college serving the workforce and community needs of the citizens of the South Atlanta region including Butts, Fayette, Henry, Jasper, Lamar, Pike, Spalding, and Upson counties. Currently offering over 200 programs in the areas of allied health, business, computers, technical/industrial and professional and personal services, Southern Crescent Technical College trains students in the latest technology through programs that are specifically designed to meet the needs of local business and industry. From short certificate programs to diploma programs to associate degree credit programs, the College offers students the state-of-the-art training needed for students to make a swift transition into the workforce and help stimulate the economic growth and development of this community. In addition, Southern Crescent Technical College offers Adult Education/GED preparation courses and specifically designed industry training and continuing education courses to train today’s students for tomorrow’s workforce.