Hamm, Callie Esther Sweeton

Accomplished Musician Was A Co-Founder Of Choral Arts Society

Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Esther Hamm
Esther Hamm

Callie Esther Sweeton Hamm, 86, of Lookout Mountain, Georgia, completed her earthly journey and joined the heavenly host on April 5. 

Esther was born in Long Beach, Ca. She was an accomplished musician, and in her youth was part of a vocal trio which enjoyed performing for Christian ministries.

While attending college in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, Esther met the love of her life, John Hamm, and they were married in 1953. The family came to Lookout Mountain when John accepted a teaching position at Covenant College in 1964. 

Esther established a piano studio in her home, where she taught aspiring young pianists for many years.  She also worked as a legal secretary for several Chattanooga law firms. In 1985, Esther co-founded the Choral Arts Society (Choral Arts of Chattanooga) with her husband and devoted years to the organization.

Known for her gift of hospitality, Esther enjoyed hosting Covenant College students, faculty, and staff and others in the Chattanooga community.

In addition to her husband of 66 years, Esther is survived by her daughters Rebecca Hamm, Kristine Hamm, and Gretchen Hanks (Brian); six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.  Esther will be greatly missed by her family and friends, and the many students whose lives she touched. She was preceded in death by her parents Clyde and Geneva Sweeton, brothers James, Jack and Paul Sweeton, and an infant son.

John and Esther are members of Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church. There will be a private burial with a memorial service to follow at a later date. 

Arrangements are by Wann Funeral Home. 

To share memories or condolences, visit www.wannfuneralhom.com.

 


Cranford, Beatrice E.

Foster, Bettie

Cox, Sheila


Beatrice E. Cranford, 88, of Chattanooga, passed away on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in a local hospital. Arrangements will be announced by Taylor Funeral Home of Chattanooga, Inc. (click for more)

Bettie Foster, 78, passed away on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Chattanooga. Arrangements are by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodd’s Ave., 622-9995. (click for more)

Sheila Cox, 61, of Hixson, died on June 3, 2020. Arrangements are by Lane Funeral Home, 601 Ashland Terrace, Chattanooga, Tn. 37415, 423 877-3524, Lanefh.com. (click for more)



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