James McKinley Hammonds, Jr. was born in Nashville, Tennessee, the first son of
James McKinley Hammonds, Sr. and Margaret Hammonds. He was the grandson of
Vacie and Clora Hammonds of Pulaski, TN and Jodie and Susie Jones of Franklin, TN.
He was educated in the Davidson County Public School System and graduated from
Hillsboro Comprehensive High School in 1973.
After high school he turned a hobby of photography into a job until he became
fascinated and intrigued with real estate. At that time James entrenched himself in
learning the art and science behind real estate investing, sales and mortgage finance.
His newfound passion spawned a career that began with Associates Financial where
at his offices located at Nolensville Road and then Clarksville Hwy he became known
to many as “The Man” when it came to serving the financial needs of the Nashville
After his 10+ year tenure he founded Hammonds Investments and Development Co.,
which was the official beginning of his journey into real estate entrepreneurship.
Always with the desire to help others he would encourage all his family, friends and
anyone that would listen of the importance of investing in and owning real estate.
He went on to become a licensed Mortgage Broker, Affiliate Broker and Real Estate
Investor for 30+ years. He was a longtime member of the National Association of
Real Estate Brokers, Inc. (NAREB) and served as a real estate mentor for many real
estate professionals in the Nashville area for years.
Marriage to Rhonda Genese Ensley in 1974 resulted in the enriched lives of two
children; Travonde (Nay Nay) and Corey. Always the provider for his family, the
role of “Head of The Household” took on a whole new meaning after the untimely
passing of his father in 1985. He gladly took on the role not only as a husband and
father but also as caregiver for his mother whom he cared for the remainder of his
He enjoyed gathering and vacationing with family and friends. He loved watching
movies and cooking on the grill and anyone that knows James knows he loved him
some Tennessee State and Tennessee Titan football, as he was a season ticket holder
from day one.
He was preceded in death by his father, James McKinley Hammonds Sr., and Brother
Thomas Hammonds. His memory will be a blessing to those who survived his death:
Mother, Margaret Hammonds, Daughter, Travonde Purl (Troy), Son, Corey
Hammonds (Shauna), Sisters, Susie Jobe and Shirley Sayles (Brent Sr.), Brother,
Timothy Hammonds, his only grandchild, Glory Gabrielle and a host of nieces,
nephews, cousins and friend.