Died: Mon., Jul. 8, 2019


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11:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Wed., Jul. 17, 2019
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12:00 PM Wed., Jul. 17, 2019
Location: Stuart Mortuary Chapel

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Dorcas Jean Hammonds  was born Dorcas Jean Gardenhire on December 3, 1934, in Rickman, Tennessee.  She was the third of four children born to parents, Herbert Gardenhire and Parzetti Bohannon Gardenhire. Baptized at an early age, she was reared in a Christian family    environment, and enjoyed affiliation with the Burton’s Chapel United Methodist Church and other congregations during her years of residing in different portions of the country.

Dorcas was educated in Overton and Putnam counties in Tennessee public schools. Her mother and father went to great lengths to expose Dorcas and each of her three siblings to educational opportunities, even though doing so was quite difficult, given the adverse social and economic circumstances of those times. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Agricultural and Industrial College, (now Tennessee State University, Nashville Tennessee). She furthered her formal education, obtaining a Master’s Degree in Education. Other affiliations included Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Indiana Soul Journers, Red Hat Society, and NAARVA membership, for which she served as National Secretary. 

Dorcas’ love for children, her education, and her incessant interest in learning, equipped her to be an excellent teacher. She was known for endowing children with confidence and for   helping them develop an appetite for learning. After a fulfilling career as a teacher, she retired from the Vigo County Public School System, Terre Haute, Indiana in 1997. Following their retirements, Dorcas and her husband, Andre, lived in Terre Haute, until their move to Indianapolis. in 2006. Dorcas developed endearing friendships that were mutually gratifying throughout her life.

Dr. Andre Don Hammonds, who preceded her in death, was the love of Dorcas’ life. They were married on January 23rd, 1960. It was always evident to all who knew them that they loved one another dearly. Being an adventurous couple, they relished international travel – especially to Western Europe and the Caribbean. They also enjoyed jaunts to numerous parts of the USA. Although they appreciated world travel and delighted in extraordinary experiences, they knew how to enjoy the simple things of life as well. They acquired a small travel vehicle, and later more advanced vehicles, that facilitated their deep appreciation for nature. They were always eager to embark upon a touring, camping, fishing or hiking excursion. Family members often met them at campsites to share in their love for nature. Together, they inspired others by their joy, their        accomplishments and their generosity. 

Family members cherished Dorcas and Andre. As strong family supporters, they regularly made trips to the homes of their parents and siblings, where they basked in the beauty of familial ties. Get-togethers with family were special treats. Nephews and nieces knew that when “Aunt Jean and Uncle Don” came to town it was time for big family dinners, cook-outs and an assortment of good times. They often took time to assist with tasks, to take their nieces and nephews fishing or to do whatever was needed while they visited family. Dorcas was a devoted mother to their two children, Derek and Deidre, who have abiding gratitude and fond memories of her nurturing and loving guidance. 

In addition to her parents, Dorcas was preceded in death by her brother, Charles Gardenhire, and sisters, Mary Lamberson, and Gladys Smith. She leaves to cherish her memory, son, Derek Jevon Hammonds (Tracey); daughter, Deidre Lynn Hammonds; granddaughter, Shania Samone Hammonds and a host of nieces and nephews.


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Ruth Itamura and DeVaney Staff
   Posted Wed July 10, 2019
I was at St Vincent's yesterday hoping to see Diedre to ask about our friend and favorite teaching buddy. I was sadly informed that Dorcas had passed away last night and I left with a broken heart. St. Vincents was very nice to let me know about her passing when I told her I was from Terre Haute and a very good friend of the family. I asked Stuart's Mortuary to give the family my phone number so we can talk. We in Terre Haute would like to know the arrangement after they have been made. Please email them to

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