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Owner of Hammett's Drive-In Cleaners, Lonis L. Hammett, dies

Posted: February 22, 2014 - 6:08pm

Lonis L. Hammett, 84, of Greenbrier, and owner of Hammett’s Drive-In Cleaners passed away Thursday, Feb. 20.

He and his late brother, Bill Hammett, had owned and operated the business as equal partners since 1949 in Conway at the same location at 1104 Front St., with a drop-off station that was located at Con Ark Village Shopping Center.

Bill taught school before going into business with Lonis, according to Lonis’ wife May Dean Hammett.

“He was just a private person and didn’t talk about himself,” May Dean said.

“He was good to people who were sick. He would visit people in the hospital and send food and money to those who had lost someone,” she added.

Lonis was born Nov. 4, 1929, in Appleton, Ark., to the late Ollie and Georgia (Harvell) Hammett. He attended school at Appleton and later moved to Conway with his family and attended Conway Schools. He had also owned Hammett and Sons Dairy for almost 50 years. He was retired from the Air National Guard and also held the rank of Sergeant E6 in the United States Army.

Lonis and his wife attended Pleasant Valley Baptist Church.

He always believed that someone should always be working. He was either working at the cleaners, or with his cattle on his farm located off of Merritt Road in Greenbrier, according to his niece, Mesa (Hammett) Lasley.

“He came to work and went to his cows and that’s all he did,” Mesa said, when asked if Lonis had any hobbies.

He was an avid sports fan who loved the Razorbacks and the Phillies.

He is survived by his wife, May Dean Hammett of Greenbrier; three daughters, Lynn Bush (Paul) of Greenbrier, Kay Colclasure (Ronnie) of Greenbrier, and Tami Wood (David) of Conway; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sister, Esta Duke of Conway; and brother, Ollie Hammett Jr. (Lucy) of Conway.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 24, in the chapel of Roller-McNutt Funeral Home in Greenbrier.

Burial will follow in Crestlawn Memorial Park.

Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

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