Hugo Arnold Hammond
Hugo Arnold Hammond, 74, passed away Friday, October 25, 2019, in Palm Coast, Florida, with his daughter Brandi and bird Bluee right by his side.
Hugo was born August 26, 1945, to Clarence and Estel (Halstead) Hammond in Chicago, Illinois. He grew up in Arkansas and graduated from Gravette High School in 1963. While in High School he excelled in Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Football and Track. During his High School Football career, Hugo made All District/All Conference as a Running Back. As a Senior, he earned Honorable Mention for All-State as well as being selected to play in the Arkansas High School All Star Football game. He continued his education at the University of Arkansas graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education. Hugo also earned a Master’s and Specialist’s Degree from Emporia State University and Nova University, respectively.
“He grew up in Arkansas and graduated from Gravette High School in 1963.”
In 1968, Hugo began his lifetime career in education as a Physical Education Teacher at Cotter High School in Cotter, Arkansas. The following year he became Head Football Coach at California High School in California, Missouri. He later went on to teach and coach football at Jefferson City High School in Jefferson City, Missouri. In 1974, a newlywed Hugo moved to Miami, Florida to begin his career at Southwest Miami High School. During his time at Southwest he served as a teacher of Physical Education, Driver’s Education and Weight Training. He also served as Athletic Director, Football Coach, and Wrestling Coach.
After retiring in 2003, Hugo moved to Palm Coast, Florida where he built his dream home among the pine trees. He enjoyed weight lifting each day as well as bike riding and spending time with his bird Bluee.
Hugo is survived by his daughter Brandi (Danny) Givens of Palmetto Bay, FL and his beloved granddaughters Kaitlyn, Kelly, & Camryn.
A special thank you to AMAZING staff at Advent Health Hospital and the Stuart F. Meyer Hospice House in Palm Coast. They were fundamental in the love, comfort, and support of Hugo as well as Brandi.
Memorial services will be held at a later date in Arkansas.