Vera Nell Hamner
November 8, 1925 – April 7, 2020
Vera Nell Hamner, daughter of Lee and Artie Rushing Hamner, was born on November 8, 1925, in Arley, Alabama. On April 7, 2020 atage 94, she died at Aspire Physical Recovery Center in Vestavia Hills, Alabama. She is survived by two brothers, Roger Lee Hamner (Irmgard), of Lacey’s Spring, AL and Larry Nelson Hamner (Martha) of Fort Myers, FL, and two sisters, Marie Hamner Campbell (Julian) of Cullman, AL and Janet Hamner Lansford (Jack) of Birmingham, AL. She was predeceased by her parents, and by her brothers, Ned Hamner (Inez) and Dr. Brent Hamner (Betty), and her sister, Willodine Hamner Malone (Ben), and also twin siblings George and Martha Hamner.
Nell, as she was commonly known, graduated from Meek High School, in Arley, AL, in 1944, and received her bachelor’s degree from Alabama College (now U. of Montevallo), in 1948. After college, she began her teaching career in Dora High school in Dora, Alabama, teaching Physical Education, Social Studies and Science. She was also the girls basketball coach there for several years, and became quite successful in the coaching field. Later, she moved to Central Junior High School, in Jasper, in 1956, and stayed there through 1961. But she loved the beach, and when she discovered that Brunswick, GA school system was in need of teachers, she ventured over to the Georgia coastal area to see about the possibilities for her in that scenic area. She obtained a job there, and moved to Georgia in 1961. She began teaching there, in Glynn Junior High School, and very soon discovered that St. Simons Island, which was just off the coast of Brunswick, was a lovely place to live, with beaches all around. That scenic area became her home for almost the rest of her life. Eventually she bought a lovely house there, which became a big attraction for all her siblings, and nieces and nephews. She made deep friendships there, which lasted for the rest of her life.
After Nell retired from teaching, she remained on St. Simons Island until 2015, when she finally found it necessary to move back to Alabama to be closer to family, as her health became an issue late in her life. Initially, she moved in with her sister, Janet, in Birmingham, until she could find a retirement center where she felt comfortable. Then she found such a place, Columbia Cottage, which gave her an opportunity to make new friends in a lovely new home in the Birmingham area, with lots of services available. Although Nell had not wanted to leave the scenic St. Simons Island area, where she had many friends, she really did enjoy being back in Alabama where she could see, not only longtime friends, but lots of nieces and nephews, and many cousins whom she loved. Holidays were special for her, because she could see all the relatives who came back to Alabama for the holidays, just as Nell had done.
Celebration of Life Graveside Service
Saturday, September 19, 2020