Last NC Confederate Real Son Clifford Hamm is laid to Rest

Funeral services were held for the last North Carolina Real Son of a Confederate Soldier and Major Charles Q Petty Camp #872 Sons of Confederate Veterans member at Olney Presbyterian Church in Gastonia, NC on August 10. 2019.

Clifford Hamm, a well respected citizen, passed away on Monday, August 5, 2019. He was a strong advocate for the SCV Cause and always downplayed his importance and said he was just proud to be among his fellow Southerners. His favorite saying was, “There is never a right way to do the wrong thing.”

The funeral service was held at his home church, Olney Presbyterian with around 300 plus in attendance with a large contingent of SCV members from across the state. Mr. Hamm was buried in the church cemetery. SCV member, Pastor Creighton Lovelace, gave the message emphasizing Mr. Hamm’s favorite saying. Petty Camp members Eric Riley and Al Forbes did a musical number as did Mr. Hamm’s grandson’s wife, Lynn Hamm. Two other local pastors made some remarks and the ceremony moved to the outside.

Mr. Hamm was a marine in WWII and fought on Okinawa. He was also active with his church, the Boy Scouts, the Masonic Lodge as well as the Sons of Confederate Veterans. There were representatives from all of these groups.

There were several scouts in attendance of whom Mr. Hamm was their scoutmaster.

A military memorial was set up at the grave with a WW II rifle stuck in the ground, topped with a WWII helmet and boots and the casket was covered with a US flag..

The Gaston County Military Honor Guard along with the Marines gave Mr. Hamm a 21 gun salute and the presentation of the flag that covered the casket. All the military veterans saluted Mr. Hamm as a Marine played taps.

The Sons of Confederate saluted Mr. Hamm with two cannon and an honor guard with muskets firing three rounds each in honor of Mr. Hamm. Major Charles Q Petty Camp Commander Rowdy Ferguson and 1st Lt Commander Eric Riley folded and presented the Confederate flag that had been draped over the casket to the family. In honor of Mr. Hamm, camp member Bruce Cloninger led the crowd in the singing of “Dixie.”

Finally, the Masonic Lodge saluted their member with the Masonic Rites. A Masonic apron was tied to the casket as well as various sprigs of evergreen placed by the lodge members.

Mr. Clifford Blair Hamm was the last Confederate Real Son in North Carolina. He was an inspiration to us all and will be sorely missed.