David Hammell

David Hammell

Dr. David Lee Hammell, 76, of Crossville died Sunday, Feb. 28 at Meadowood Nursing and Rehabilitation in Grayville.

He was born Feb. 24, 1945, in Evansville, Ind., 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 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 with his fishing buddy, James F. Armstrong, fishing 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, Mo., Jeff Degenhardt of Carmi and Karl Degenhardt; sister Mary Jean (Glendall) Ellis of Springerton, Ill.; grandchildren Mallory (Austin), Shelby (Kyle), 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.