Helen Hammer passes away at 98

Clinton icon and matriarch of the Hammer family, Helen Hammer, passed away Thursday night at the age of 98.

Mrs. Hammer originally came to Clinton with her late husband, Bernard Hammer, to close out a small store on Market Street in 1952, but ended up calling Clinton home for the rest of their lives, and building the Hammer’s store brand to what it is today, with stores all across East Tennessee. Even after her husband passed in 1991, Helen Hammer—who had always been a fixture in the store’s radio and TV ads—remained a daily participant in the business until she was 95 years old.

Private graveside services for the family will be held Wednesday, and if you would like to send the family your condolences, you may do so online at www.holleygamble.com.

You can read Mrs. Hammer’s complete obituary here.

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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