Christine 'Doris' Lavender Hammock

Christine 'Doris' Lavender Hammock, affectionately known as 'Coco,' walked into Heaven completely healed on October 2, 2022, at the age of 85 years old.

Visitation will be held at Sumiton Church of God on Thursday, October 6th, 2022 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. The funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. at Sumiton Church of God, followed by a graveside service at McCormick Cemetery.

Doris lived as a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. Doris had three children, eleven grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. 

She is survived by her brother, Larry Lavender (Kathryn); son, Hoyt L. Hammock Jr. 'Dusty' (Ann); daughter, Valorie Tucker (Eddie); son , Michael Hammock (Tammie); grandsons, Jonathan Hammock, Austin Tucker (Brooke), Evan Tucker (Carlie), Aaron Tucker (Meagan), Jaden Hammock (Abby), and Alex Tucker; granddaughters, Faith Black (Bart), Rebecca Muncher (Todd), Bailee Bogner (Kyle), Anna Dougherty (Tim), and Layla Hammock; great grandchildren, Bartley Black, Ethan and Harper Muncher, Patience, Jubilee and Gideon Hammock, Harrison, Arya and Olivia Tucker, Liam and Daisy Tucker. 

She was predceded in death by her mother Lucille Lavender who died in childbirth with Doris; father, George Lavender; stepmother, Hazel Harrison Sims; brother, Andy (Carolyn); sisters, Jena (Kayo) and Shirley (Ab); and her dear cousin Beverly. While the children knew they were half brothers and sisters, they thought of themselves as just one family.

Doris was born on July 31,1937, in Birmingham. Upon graduation from Minor High School, Doris married the love of her life, Hoyt Lee Hammock, Sr., after having been high school sweethearts. They enjoyed 53 years of marriage filled with devoted love and a lifetime of adventurous memories until his death in 2010. They traveled thousands of miles camping, hunting and celebrating God’s creation. Together, they served as foster parents and pastors, generous on all occasions. Doris was always committed to Hoyt’s passion for coaching and mentoring young people.

There are no better words to describe their relationship other than Doris’ own, ”All 60 years that Hoyt and I were together, we were desperate for each other's love; that's the way marriage should be. God gave Hoyt and I this great love relationship to show us how much He loves us. After all, we are His church, each individual is Jesus’ bride and He is our groom. I believe our marriage was as close to perfect as any marriage we ever knew.”

Doris was a homemaker, passionate to create memories for her family and to honor the Hammock name. She was a respected business woman retiring from Bell South in 1991 after eighteen years of service. As a master seamstress, she handcrafted everything from wedding gowns to christening gowns for her children and grandchildren. As an author, she penned short stories, devotions and poems, but her greatest work was her memoir, A Book of Stories, a tribute to the Hammock family. Doris’ devotion to share the love of Jesus was always an integral part of her life. She was a prayer warrior, bringing her family before the Lord daily. Even in the last years of her life, she found joy even in pain, never lost her passion for her family, and kept a deep desire for all those around her to know the love of Jesus.

You may sign an online register or express private condolences to the family at www.bellsumiton.com

Bell Funeral Home, Sumiton; 205-648-6611