Beloved Hazard businessman and civic leader Charlie Hammonds was laid to rest Thursday.
Hammonds died Tuesday after a long illness. More than 500 people attended his funeral. WYMT's Jeff Gould was there and spoke to several people about Hammonds' legacy.
“You name it, charlie was involved in it,” says Beverly Combs Maggard, a friend of Hammonds
He was a man that devoted his life to serving the people of Hazard... And today those people thanked him...for one last time.
“The wonderful thing about Charlie was that if it had to do with Hazard, Perry County, eastern Kentucky, he was enthusiastic to do whatever needed to be done and to serve the people,” says Bill Gorman, Hazard Mayor.
“He was a wonderful asset to Hazard. He loved Hazard and that's what made him special because he would do anything for hazard. He would do anything,” says Maggard.
More than 500 people attended a service for Hammonds at Maggard's mountain view chapel.
The funeral procession was then escorted by fire and police agencies to a cemetery in Jeff, where Hammonds was laid to rest.
Those paying tribute today say it was the least they could do for a man who did so much for them.
“When Beverly and I got married, just before we got married, Charlie co-signed for the first loan I ever had in my life at Citizens Bank so we could have a honeymoon,” says Rod Maggard, a friend of Hammonds.
So whether it's at a major flood or a Fourth of July breakfast, Charlie might not be there in person but he'll always be there in spirit.
“I'm gonna miss him,” says Gorman.
Hammonds would have been 77 years old Friday.