FURMAN MAC AMMONS 1928 - 2003
"All hail! ye tender feelings dear!
The smile of love, the friendly tear,
The sympathetic glow!
Long since, this world's thorny ways
Had number'd out my weary days,
Had it not been for you!
Fate has still blest me with a friend,
In ev'ry care and ill;
And of a more endearing band,
A tye more tender still..."
Robert Burns, Epistle to Davie, a
Furman Mac Ammons was born June
19, 1928 in Red Springs, North Carolina to Mary Eula McGugan and
Furman Martin Ammons. He spent his childhood and youth in and around
Robeson County. In advance of an impending draft notice, Mr. Ammons
joined the United States Air Force in 1950 to serve in Germany where
he met his future wife, Ms. Hannelore Sperling.
Upon his honorable discharge in
1954, Mr. Ammons pursued undergraduate studies at the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was the recipient of a Bachelor of
Arts degree in Radio, Television and Motion Pictures in 1957.
Shortly thereafter he became engaged to and married Ms. Sperling.
Mr. Ammons' skill with the written
word and aptitude for technical detail allowed him to pursue a
successful career in contracts management with Rockwell
International's Missile systems Division. He was apt to quote that
he was fortunate to have a vocation that was both challenging and
progressive, and he truly considered it a good life's work.
Mr. Ammons was keenly interested
in Scottish culture and life and was deeply involved with the Burns
Club of Atlanta (Board of Directors), the Sovereign Military Order
of the Temple of Jerusalem (Knights Templar) with a Grand Officier (GOTJ),
and the St. Andrew's Society of Atlanta (Board of Directors) with
whom he worked at the annual charity the "Festival of Trees" to
support Children's Health Care of Atlanta, including Scottish Rite
He was an active member of the
Clan Macneil Society and the Robert Burns World Federation, as well
as a frequent supporter of the Stone Mountain Highland Games, among
others. He often fulfilled the role of unofficial "advisor" to the
management of the Flora McDonald Highland Games in North Carolina.
He also participated in the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society of
Atlanta and was known for his skill with the Pas de Basque.
He held a great love for
literature and was well read in American history, particularly the
Civil War. A great outdoors enthusiast, Mr. Ammons was an avid
hunter and sportsman from early childhood. Mr. Ammons was noted as
an authority on all subjects and was remarked for his ability to
argue a fine point, much to the chagrin of his fellow disputants. He
was an intellectual man and pursued interests in economics and
politics as well.
Mr. Ammons departed this life
quietly on the evening of October 29, 2003 due to complications from
He is survived by his wife,
Hannelore Sperling Ammons; sons, Furman Martin and Steven Thomas
Ammons; daughter Anita Juliane Ammons Sales; son-in-law Eric Sales,
and his much beloved grandson Jarrett McGugan Sales.
Furman Mac Ammons was remarkable
for the deep unswerving loyalty, generosity and devotion he held for
his family and friends. His departure has left an unyielding void in
our lives that must be filled by love, humor and recollections of
his warmth and keen spirit.