Obituary for William Hamman
William Forrest “Biff” Hamman, 68, of Oakwood, passed away January 3, 2014 in Tyler, Texas. Graveside services will be 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at the Greenwood Cemetery in Teague.
Biff was born July 25, 1945 in Dallas, Texas to Clyde William and Bennie Grayce Pope Hamman. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from LSU, while also setting track records. He furthered his education by receiving a PHD in Latin American History from the University of Guatemala. He proudly served in the U. S. Army during the Vietnam War as a helicopter pilot.
Biff married the love of his life, Lilian R. Cowart on December 9, 1970 in Fort Hood, Texas. He was a ham radio operator for many years, K50F0. He was an avid bicyclist and loved the outdoors. Biff managed a hunting lodge, enjoyed making stained glass, tending to beehives and vineyards. He was, presently, Ranch Manager for Jones Brothers Ranch. While he was a busy man, nothing was more important to him than his family and spending time with them.
He was preceded in death by his father and son, Peter Hamman.
Biff is survived his wife, Lilian Hamman; children, Buckley S. Hamman of Chicago, IL, Verna Grayce Chao (Peter) of Hermosa Beach, CA and Hester Blair Hamman of Brooklyn, NY; grandchildren, Honore and Alexander Chao; mother, Bennie G. Hamman; sister, Carol Hamman Jones (David) of Austin; nephew, Alexander Jones and niece, Marleigh Jones.