December 28, 2017


Rev. Ester Garland Hammond
September 19, 1927 - December 22, 2017

The Rev. Ester Garland Hammond was born in Downsville, La. on September 19, 1927 and departed this life on December 22, 2017.
She is survived by three loving sons and three wonderful daughters-in-laws; Herbert Talley Jr. and his wife Peggy, Randy Talley Sr and his wife Theresa and Derwin Talley and his wife Karen, six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren, one brother, William Garland, one sister-in-law, Mrs. William Garland, a number of loved nieces and nephews, a beloved "almost Son" Ronald Talley, , a much loved nephew, Johnny Miller who kept his aunt supplied with "goodies" and many loving friends who blessed her life.
Rev. Hammond reared her children in the Talley's Chapel area, then answered the call to the Ministry. 1n 1970. In 1971 she received the license to preach in the United Methodist Church. She attended SLU where she earned a BA Degree in History, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1976. At SLU she was a member and Chapter President of Pi Gammu Mu, member of Phi Kappa Phi, and received the Phi Alpha Theta Award. She also did community work , including the Bogalusa Playmakers and serving as a" Pink Lady"
She is preceded in death by husband Herbert Talley and husband John Hammond and a beloved granddaughter, Brandis Renee Talley.
Visitation will be held on December 27, 2017 at Brown-McGehee Funeral Home beginning at 5:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. Then on Thursday morning December 28, 2017 services will be held at 10:00 A.M. at the ESM United Methodist Church here in Bogalusa. The interment service will be held in the Talley's Chapel Cemetery located in Sun, La. 

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