Dr. David Lee Hammell (76)

Crossville, Illinois
Birth: February 24, 1945
Death: February 28, 2021

Dr. David Lee Hammell, 76, of Crossville, Illinois, died Sunday, February 28, 2021, at Meadowood Nursing and Rehabilitation in Grayville, Illinois. He was born February 24, 1945, in Evansville, Indiana, the son of David Eugene Hammell and Mary Louise (McKnight) Hammell. He was married to Jane (Johnson) Hammell on May 21, 1994, and she survives.

David was a graduate of Crossville High School in 1963, and in 1973, he graduated from the University of Kentucky with a PhD Degree in swine nutrition. Until 1978, he worked at the University of Florida, and then returned to the family farm in White County, Illinois, until his retirement in 2014. He was a member of the Crossville School Board, United Methodist Church Board, and also served as the White County Emergency Management Director. He loved his family, farming, travelling, and spending time in Florida where he and his fishing buddy, James F. Armstrong, fished for crappie. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed talking with people.

Survivors include his wife, Jane Hammell of Crossville; mother Mary Hammell of Crossville; children Kevin (Pam) Hammell, Brent (Carrie) Hammell, all of Crossville, Tassy (Charles) Martin of Grayville, Richard (Susan) Mode of O’Fallon, Missouri, Jeff Degenhardt of Carmi, Illinois, and Karl Degenhardt; sister Mary Jean (Glendall) Ellis of Springerton, Illinois; grandchildren Mallory, Shelby, Lucas, Gavin, Carrie, Cassie, Eli, Madison, Sydnie, Sophia, Zachary; great grandchildren; and dear friends James and Sue Armstrong.
He is preceded in death by his father, David Eugene Hammell.

Memorials may be made to White County 4-H Livestock Committee, 1715 College Avenue, Carmi, IL 62821, or to the Guardian Child Advocacy Center, 1214 Oak Street, Carmi, IL 62821, or they will be accepted at Cook Funeral Chapel, 101 Edgewood Lane, Carmi, IL 62821.

Funeral services will be private.

Cook Funeral Chapel in Crossville is in charge of arrangements.

Service: Private Family Service
Burial: Oak Grove Cemetery, Grayville, Illinois
Memorials: White County 4-H Livestock Committee, 1715 College Avenue, Carmi, Illinois 62821 or Guardian Child Advocacy Center, 1124 Oak Street, Carmi, Illinois 62821

11 thoughts on “Dr. David Lee Hammell”

  1. Patricia Pringle and Jerry Pringle

    Jane and family…our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We had no idea he was so ill. I’ve had a Thinking of you card on the table for three days. I truly regret I was so tardy in mailing it because he has been in our thoughts and prayers frequently. May God Bless and keep you all safe.

  2. Lon and Laura

    Dave, Jane, Kevin and Pam were the first people in Blue Cypress Golf and RV Resort to befriend my wife, Laura, and I. Dave would walk their dog past our house and always took the time to have a friendly conversation about fishing, boating, church, family and just life in general.

    We will miss him so much. We have Dave and all the family in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. Richard Giles

    Jane and the Hammell family, we are sorry to hear of your great loss, we will lift you up in prayer during this difficult time. We will miss his drive by’s and stopping to chat that we enjoyed on so many occasions.

    God Bless,

    Pastor Richard and Shannyn Giles and family

  4. Mary Jane Spencer

    Mary Jean,
    I was so saddened to hear about David. I will always remember what a sweet guy he was and so much fun.
    My Dad thought so much of him as a young teenager and loved talking with him about sports and farming.
    It has been several years since I last saw him at a Crossville reunion. We had a great visit but only after
    Being reintroduced. We both laughed at not recognizing each other. My deepest sympathy to you and his family. You are in my thoughts and prayers at this very painful time.
    With great fondness and memories of both of you,
    Mary Jane Spencer

  5. Dear Hammell Family,

    So sorry to hear about David’s passing. He was a good man. I grew up around the Hammell Family while attending Phillipstown and Crossville UMC. David was a distant relative through his mother Mary. David would always call me Toad Frog. I will miss seeing him.

    With Love and Prayers,

    Todd Scott

  6. Jane & Family: Sorry to hear of David’s passing. My Mom (Pauline) & Dad (Bob) always enjoyed their trips to South FL at the fish camp and all the great times with David, you, “Big Gene” and the McCorkel’s. Our thoughts and prayers to you all from Ken & Joanna Franklin.

  7. Kevin Hammell

    It’s with sad and heavy hearts that we head out today to do a task that none of wish to do. Say goodbye to our mentor friend,leader of the farm and father .He will be greatly missed for his early morning suggestions on things that we should do today,even after retirement from the farm. As you travel today to your final resting place dad we ask that you look towards the farm one last time and see that everything is clean and ready for this years planting season. We appreciate your lead by example faith in God ,family,friends and farming. Love Kevin

  8. Kevin, Pam and Family,

    I am so heartbroken to hear of your father, father-in-law, and grandpa’s passing. May you all find peace and comfort during this time. Praying that the Lord comfort you during your time of grief.

    David & Kelly Pierce
    Marion, Illinois

  9. Jane and The Hammell Family, I just heard about David passing away. I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and Prayers are with you all. I couldn”t help but smile and think just maybe David and my David Ayer have started a baseball team in Heaven. Lou Ann Ayer Smyrna Tennessee

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