Alvin John Hamm, Jr., age 80, of Wake Forest, NC passed away February 17, 2021 after several years fighting pulmonary fibrosis complicated by pulmonary hypertension.
A funeral service will be held Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 1:30 PM at Richland Creek Community Church, 3229 Burlington Mills Road, Wake Forest, NC. The family will receive friends Friday, February 26, 2021 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM at Bright Funeral Home. Social distancing is appreciated and face coverings are required. Burial will be at a later date in Salisbury National Cemetery, Salisbury, NC.
He leaves his wife of 56 years, Rita M. Hamm, his daughter, Lara K. Davis of Angier, NC, a granddaughter, Rita L. Harvill of Westfield, NC, a grandson, Jack S. Davis of Angier and other family and friends.
Alvin is preceded in death by his father, Alvin John in 1987, his mother, Thelma Hoffman Hamm in 1993 and his brother, Fred Henry in 2004.
Alvin was born October 27, 1940. He was raised in Bloomfield, NJ where he graduated from Bloomfield High School in 1958. He attended Rutgers University for 3 years and was president of his freshman class before entering the U.S. Army in 1961. He served in Army Air Defense Command (ARADCOM) in Connecticut where he met his wife Rita. After his discharge in 1964 he went back to Rutgers for a year before marrying Rita in 1965.
After marrying Rita he joined IBM in July 1965 starting in Field Engineering where he learned programming and then worked as a programmer until he retired in 1995. After retirement from IBM he attended Wake Technical Community College where he earned 2 Associate Degrees. He then went to work for NCDOT until he retired from there at the end of 2000. During retirement Alvin was a volunteer for Rex Hospital for 17 years before he had to quit due to his health.
Alvin was a member of American Legion Post 187 in Wake Forest and a member of Richland Creek Community Church. From 1990 until 2008 he participated in church mission trips to Mexico and Venezuela.