Shirley Jane Sloan Hamm, 82, died Tuesday, March 7 in Pittsburg. Celebration of life services were held 11 a.m. Friday, March 10, at the First United Methodist Church in Pittsburg, where she was a member. Visitation was from 5-7 p.m. March 9 at the Erman Smith Funeral Home, Pittsburg. Burial followed in the Fairview Cemetery, Clarksville.
Born in Clarksville on June 19, 1934, she married her high school sweetheart Harvey David Hamm, Sr. on Aug. 15, 1954. Their enduring love inspired many.
She graduated from Clarksville High School and East Texas State University, earning bachelor of arts and master of library science degrees.
She leaves a legacy as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and gifted educator. Her career spanned 34 years, first teaching English in Dallas and then Pittsburg, where she also served as librarian. Her former students take pride in positions as “library helpers,” whom are asked to serve as honorary pallbearers.