Kevin Glenn Hammond, 50 of Euless, Texas passed from this life on July 24, 2023 in Oklahoma. Kevin was a remarkable person, lived life to the fullest and packed at least a couple of lifetimes into his 50 years.
As a professionally trained chauffeur, he started his own limousine business at 21 with only an older Lincoln limousine and a borrowed cell phone. Kevin built that business surviving significant changes to the industry like shared car service apps and changing travel patterns. At one time Kevin had a business consisting of buses, limousines and a luxury car service. He had the first ever Escalade limo and the first limousine with over a 120 inch stretch in DFW. He worked with the city of Dallas and the DFW Airport to change the rules to allow curbside pickup, essentially the father of the blue "Pre Arranged Limo'' signs at the airport. As the world changed, so did Kevin, he envisioned and pioneered a network of independent transportation and destination management providers to compete with larger companies by leveraging connections and digital platforms. That resulted in him working with very large clients whose names are household words and taking him all across the US, Mexico, Canada and Ireland. Kevin's clients were fiercely loyal to him, they knew he genuinely cared about them, and would sacrifice his personal life to make sure they were taken care of. Many of his car service clients treated him like family and Kevin was so grateful for them.
Kevin had an aptitude for finding how things worked and used it in life, His entrepreneurial spirit had him running small businesses on his own before he even graduated high school. His skill at cars and tinkering lead him to doing sound system design and installations, window tinting and more. He had a skill with music and sound was something he continued until his passing. His old music minister still fondly remembers him running the sound board and lights for various church productions. His friends know him for mixing, editing and DJ work.
Kevin had many, many friends and two real loves in his life, his family and his dog, Kahlua. Kevin and Kahlua traveled coast to coast, to the Bahamas, traveled commercial and by private aircraft. Kahlua was a social girl with her own Facebook page; she always sported a Coach collar and when required, only traveled in her Coach carrier. Sadly, Kahlua passed away a few years ago, but she was always still a part of him.
Everyone, friends, family, clients and business partners all described him as loving, caring, and giving. Kevin was known to help people he randomly came in contact with; helping a single mom buy groceries, helping people whose vehicle had broken down and going that extra mile, literally. Kevin would go as far as to suggest family members help out, he "recruited" his Dad and Brother to make last minute runs to the airport just to fill holes while he was doing other runs. During the September 11th timeframe Kevin drove people to Houston, Austin, Oklahoma City and Nashville just to get them home to their families because there were no rental cars available.
Kevin was a 1991 graduate of Lamar High School in Arlington after attending Butler Elementary and Shackelford Junior High School. Kevin never forgot where he came from. For many years Kevin would pick up the Butler teacher of the year, take her to school and home again in the biggest limousine available. His teachers at Shack remembered him when he went to visit when his little brother Michael was going there. He drove his sister to school for birthdays and he always joked about what her boyfriends would have to do to impress her after growing up in limousines.
Kevin had one partner, they always had each other's backs, they knew what each other was thinking just with a look and they got each other into or out of trouble since Kevin was born. He was always Kevin's protector. Rarely did a few days go by without them talking, texting or visiting. From late night swims to long discussions, his partner (brother) was always there and he still is. There was an unwritten and mostly indecipherable connection up to the last couple of days. They are so much alike, after the family got Kevin's cell phone, Stephen was shocked when the facial recognition let him access the phone!
The family is so very grateful for the calls, cards, texts and online messages of encouragement. The family is also so grateful to Monte Joe and Chris Brown for their contributions to his life as long time friends and for them allowing us to have this celebration of life at their facility. They are multi-generational friends, their Dad's have known each other since the early 1980's. Kevin and Monte Joe have their own series of stories to tell as well.
Kevin is survived by..........
His parents, Bruce and Delores Hammond of Arlington; Brothers, Stephen Hammond and his wife Lanette of Arlington and Michael Hammond and his wife Crystal of Cleburne, Texas and his sister Sarah Chrystie and husband Travis Chrystie of Arlington, a number of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and countless friends.
The service will be live streamed and can be accessed at 10:00 a.m. on Friday August 4th with following zoom link and password.
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In Lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to one of the following or to the charity of your choice.
Kevin Hammond Memorial Fund
C/O Michael Hammond
Pinnacle Bank Acct. 3604375257
226 W Katherine P. Raines Rd
Cleburne, Texas 76033
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