Maurice Howard Hammack

July 1, 1932February 13, 2021

Maurice Howard Hammack, 88, of Bassett, died on Saturday, February 13, 2021. He was born in Woodbine, Iowa on July 1, 1932, a son of Calvin Howard Hammack and Alice Mae Smith Hammack. He married Betty Rosalie Worden on November 5, 1950. He served in the USAF for 20 years obtaining the rank of Captain.

The Hammacks moved to Bassett in 1969 when Maurice was hired as the first corporate pilot for Bassett Furniture Industries. Flying was his passion for more than 60 years. In younger years he was an avid water skier, sportsman, and motorcycle rider. In 1951, he rode a single speed bicycle 177 miles in 24 hours in England. He kept hundreds of his military buddies in contact with other by researching public records. Friends remember his faithful phone calls over many decades.

He is survived by his wife Betty; his children Vicki Merritt (Grady) of Lexington, SC, Terry (Sue) of Henrico, VA, Jonathan (Debbie) of Binghamton, NY, Matthew (Sarah) of Manassas, VA, and Lyndee Breeding (Greg) of North Garden, VA. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

A private service will be held. Online condolences can be made at Memorials can be made to First Baptist Church of Bassett, 2590 Riverside Dr., PO Box 557, Bassett, VA 24055.

Collins Funeral Home at Bassett, Virginia is respectfully serving the Hammack Family.


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Barbara Villalpando

February 25, 2021

Maurice, I will never forget you! you called many times making my day, we sang each other Happy Birthday, just talked of various things, wife, your children & life.
At the reunions always asking if you could come to the room to see my dogs Gabbie & Jarek. Sometimes I would let them run down the hall to you and watch your excitement . Even at 80+ you were full of life.
You helped a many of people find others.
No matter what you stayed a Good friend.
Love & miss you my friend ~ I know God has called home another Angel to watch over your family & others

Brian Carpenter

February 17, 2021

I'm a truck driver for Old Dominion Freight Lines out of Greensboro North Carolina and also a pilot. I got you know Mr Hammack thru his neighbor Tim Vaught. We would talk to him each evening on the telephone. We listened to his stories and I came to have much respect for him. It was a pleasure always to talk to him. I looked forward to his conversations. I will miss him much!

Linda Richardson

February 17, 2021

I remember Maurice and his Family from my teen years. Our Families went to church together at First Baptist Church in Bassett. Maurice took alot of us on our first airplane ride including my Father, Floyd Flippen.
So sorry for your loss. Praying for all the Family.

Douglas Ramsey

February 16, 2021

I thought so much of Maurice and would get to see him when I came to First Bassett to fill in for Lew or just come to worship. He was a faithful Christian and fine gentleman. He and I would pick at each other. I enjoyed hearing some of his "flying stories". My last conversation was a couple of weeks ago when he called after hearing of his Pastor's passing. He was very sad and heartbroken as we all were. We had a great conversation that I will always remember. My condolences and prayers to the family. First Bassett has lost two great leaders. Doug Ramsey

Phillip Vernon

February 16, 2021

Maurice I met him in 1974 when he had me haired as Bassett’s first Co-Pilot Mechanic. After I left Bassett we keep in contact over the years. When I was flying for Morris Air of Salt Lake. He called to let me know one of our Pilots Dad flew with him in AF. He will be missed.
Phillip Vernon

Melodie Craig

February 15, 2021

Our prayers go out to Maurice's family. I enjoyed getting to know Maurice at First Baptist. He always liked to pick around. He was very kind as is his wife, Betty. He will be greatly missed.

Gordon Schiefelbein

February 15, 2021

Mo was the rock that held the 57D OCS alumni group together. Always there. It was a great pleasure serving with him in OCS and the many reunions. Barbara and I send our most sincere condolences to Betty and the family.

Mildred Basconi

February 15, 2021

So sorry for your loss!

Norine Buffkin

February 15, 2021

My prayers and deepest sympathy to Betty and extended family in the loss of Maurice. Your loss is Heaven’s gain. Maurice was my late husband, Arthur’s, Relief Driver for Piedmont Bank, driving to Roanoke on a daily run. He and Arthur were always kidding and joking with each other. He will be missed by his family and members of First Baptist Church where he and Betty were faithful members, in fact Maurice and Betty occupied the pew in front of me. May God fill the void you feel with his great love and peace at this time and the days going forward! Love, Norine Buffkin

Darlene Earles

February 15, 2021

I met Maurice in 1979 when I came to work at the Bassett Main Office. He came into the room and introduced himself and started our friendship. Many memories of him
He was a very kind and caring person. I know he will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.