Walter Earl Hammer


 HAMMER, Walter Earl, age 91 of Winchester, passed away on Monday, May 18, 2020, at NHC in Tullahoma. Earl was born in Fountain City, Tennessee on Jan. 26, 1929, to the late Arthur Bernard “A.B.” and Ruth (Sapp) Hammer Sr. He grew up in Knoxville until 1940, when the family moved to Alabama. Earl attended the University of Alabama and University of Tennessee Chattanooga where he received a B.S. in business. He then attended New York University where he received a master’s degree in retailing. His education was put to good use during that time as he helped his father run the Hammer’s retail chain of stores in various locations. In 1958, he moved to Winchester to manage Hammer’s on the downtown square. For 60 years, he owned and occupied the store, which grew from occupying a corner building to occupying one quarter of the square. Over the years, he worked hard to bring affordable merchandise to the community. He loved Winchester. Earl enjoyed being among the people daily at the store as well as his morning group of coffee drinkers at Skip’s. He also enjoyed exercising and for many years could be seen jogging or riding his bicycle on the streets of downtown Winchester. He was an active member of the Winchester First Baptist Church, where he was active in his men’s Sunday school class and also served on the finance committee for several years. Earl was also a member of the Downtown Merchants and Professional Association. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Bernard Hammer. He is survived by his children, Karol Stephens of Fayetteville, Georgia, Kimberly (Brad) Clayton of Decatur, Alabama, Jonathan Hammer of Winchester, Jennifer (Larry) Love of Sevierville, and Josh (Jonanne) Hammer of Estill Springs; 16 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; siblings, Helen Kern of Scottsboro, Alabama, Emily Hall of Bridgeport, Alabama, Fred (Vera) Hammer of Albertville, Alabama, and Bobby (Wanda) Hammer of Albertville, Alabama; half-siblings, Arthur Hammer of Phoenix, Arizona, Frank Hammer of Hawthorne, Nevada, Alvin Hammer of Knoxville, Marshall Hammer of Knoxville, John Hammer of Knoxville, Wiley Hammer of Knoxville, Sarah Asbury of Wytheville, Virginia, and Grace Hammer of Flora, Indiana; and sister-in-law, Helen Hammer of Clinton. Arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced by Moore-Cortner Funeral Home as soon as they become available. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 First Ave NW, Winchester, TN 37398, 931-967-2222,