MOUNT AIRY — Mr. James Franklin Hammond Jr., 61, of Mount Airy, passed away Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, at Northern Hospital of Surry County. Mr. Hammond was born Aug. 8, 1951. He served in the United States Army and retired from the Veteran’s Administration. He is survived by his wife, Linda Sue Lester Hammond; children, James Hammond III, Mathew Thomas, Rebecca Thomas and Gary Thomas; sister, Loral Hammond; brothers, Gregory, David, Harvey and Jeff Hammond; sisters-in-law, Virgie Sloan, Oma Lambert, Brenda Lawson, Betty Lester and Faye Lester; and brothers-in-law, Larry, Doug, Gene and Roger Lester. The funeral service will be held Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Miracle Waters Church, with the Rev. Rodger Easter officiating. Burial will follow at The People’s Church Cemetery, with military honors by the VFW Memorial Honor Guard. The family will receive friends Friday from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at Miracle Waters Church. Moody Funeral Home in Mount Airy will be assisting the Hammond family. Online condolences may be made at www.moodyfuneralservices.com.