Thursday, March 26, 2009

We Remember Sonya Hamm


Sonya Hamm
August 25, 1959 - March 25, 2009

Following the services the burial will be at Beechwood Cemetery at 3600 Fayetteville St. in Durham.

Note: The services will be at Christian Faith Center and Arrangements are being handled by Burthey (BUR-THAY) Funeral services in Durham.

Sonya Hamm achieved success in serving as a Radio Personality and Music Director for one of the countries top Christian stations in Atlanta. Prior to Atlanta, Sonya hosted one of the top morning shows in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her experience in broadcasting spans over 20+ years as she has also hosted a weekly program for the CBS and Fox affiliates in Raleigh, N.C. She is owner of SH Multimedia which provides broadcasting and media services nationwide.

Sonya Hamm’s positive attitude and strong faith in God emanate in all aspects of her life. As a motivational speaker, she uses her “spiritual gifts” to motivate others emotionally as well as spiritually by offering her knowledge and wisdom and sharing her own personal reflections to help inspire others. She is a frequent speaker at events around the country including conferences, retreats, church events, seminars and workshops.

Sonya has been named one of the 100 Most Influential African American Women - Atlanta Business League. The March of Dimes A.I.R. Award for community service is another of many honors she has received along with being named Gospel Announcer of the Year and her nomination by Black Radio Exclusive’s Breaking the Glass Ceiling Award. She has also received awards and accolades for voice over commercial work for top flight companies across the U.S.

Her passion is to encourage, inform and promote women by creating opportunities for success, leadership and mentoring “through networking” as well as spiritual growth and development. In 2002 she launched an organization called, Christian Career and Business Women of America, CCBWA. This 501c3 non profit organization provides resources and information that promote business and career development through Biblical teachings and a strong spiritual foundation.

She is the author of the book, Kick Your Life Into Overdrive. This book encourages readers to pursue their dreams with commitment and passion.

Sonya made her film debut in a cameo appearance of Tyler Perry’s movie “Daddy’s Little Girls” in 2007.

Her education includes a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech Communications and Theater from Fayetteville State University in Fayetteville, N.C. While in undergraduate school, she also attended NBS Broadcasting in Philadelphia, Pa. She studied Educational Media in graduate school at North Carolina Central University in Durham, N.C. She along with her husband became licensed ordained ministers in 1992 under the leadership of the late Bishop Mack Timberlake Jr. of Christian Faith Center in Creedmoor, N.C.

Sonya is survived by her husband Gary of 24 years. The couple are members for World Changers Church International under the leadership of Dr. Creflo A. Dollar.

(to visit Sonya's personal webpage CLICK HERE)

51 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow. She was like a part of my family. We love you Sonya. We know that you are resting with our Lord. We will keep your family in our prayers...

Antoine said...

My thoughts and prayers go out to Sonya's family. I know for a fact though that Sonya is in heaven smiling down on us telling us not to mourn her death, but celebrate her life.

Anonymous said...

May God continue to bless Gary and the rest of the family, as well as the 103.9 family. You will be missed but we know that God needed a spiritual dj in his heavenly band.

Anonymous said...

Couldn't get in on the radio so this is the next best way to express my love and appreciation for them many mornings her voice kick-started my day. Yes we will miss her, and we will long to hear her voice again, but know that she's in a better place; and to her family both personally and spiritually - "TRUST GOD and Accept what He Allows."

Phyllis Whitfield
Fayetteville, NC

Anonymous said...

I can remember listernig to her ont radio on Sunday moring she make my day.Hold your head up and be strong.

Anonymous said...

May God Bless Gary and the Family along with the Light Family and the Family in Atlanta. I was just listen to all the tributes and praise songs dedicated to Sonya and her family(especiallly the testimony Melissa gave)and I thought, you have not live until you have touch the lives of others in a positive way like Sonya Hamm. I remember Sonya hosting the breakfast show in the morning. She will be dearly miss.

Light Listner

Zelda T said...

What a privilege it was to have had the opportunity to start our day with Sonya Hamm. She was a joy and an inspiration to many of us. One can know that there’s just something special about a person when at the mention of your name brings joy into the atmosphere. I can say without a doubt that when the name Sonya Hamm came up, in my presence, joy and pleasantness came with it.

May God continue to shower Gary and the rest of the family with His joy and a peace that surpasses all understanding.

Jeffrey said...
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Jeffrey said...

Sony was truly one of the best. May GOD be with her family. Although she had left 103.9, you could not help but remember her every time you tuned in to the station. Sonya was a blessing to listen to.

Mekia 27 said...

I personally did not know Sonya, however, when listening to 103.9 The Light, her voice and spirit was as real as if we were sitting right next to each other. My thoughts and prayers goes out to her family and friends.

Bell Family
Goldsboro, NC

Mekia 27 said...

I personally did not know Sonya, however, when listening to 103.9 The Light, her voice and spirit was as real as if we were sitting right next to each other. My thoughts and prayers goes out to her family and friends.

Bell Family
Goldsboro, NC

DFreeman said...

May God bless the family of Sonya. I remember going through a difficult time, and thought she had only spoken with me on the telephone, she ministered to my spirit and reminded me that God can handle anything. Now, that she is with Him, she will be missed, but she's in a far better place. Rest on Sonya!

Anonymous said...

God will comfort those who knew Mrs. Hamm. It is quite evident that,she was a child of God. Her spirit will truly live on.

The McClain

Anonymous said...

We may have lost and good friend but heaven has gain another angel. To the family of Sonya Hamm God is here for you always just know she is still in your hearts and minds and to the light family keep doing your work for God. She will be greatly missed and not forgotten. God bless you all.

roslyn said...

she was like a part of my family we love you sonya we will keep your family in our prayers.you will be miss.but God needed you the most. rest with your god

HAZLE said...

I remember listening as she told the listenrs "Sonya Hamm no lettuce, not tomatoe". I will never forget her she will forever be in my heart.

LOVE YOU SONYA FOR BEING SO WONDERFUL.

lafaye said...

To the familey so sorry about your lost just remember God said that he would never leave or forsake you.i no you will miss her voice but remember the love she left behind (sweet memories).

theresa kyle said...

i did not know her personally but when i would hear he ron the radio in the mornings i felt as if she was part of our family and i felt spiritually connected to her so to the family may God give u peace and comfort your heart as such a time as this you will be in my prayers.
kyle family
fayetteville nc

Anonymous said...

TO THE HAMM AND LIGHT RADIO FAMILY. IT HAS GRIEVE THE HEARTS, OF MILLIONS TO LEARN OF THE PASSING OF OUR SISTER SONJA. BUT AS THE YOUNG LADY STATED THIS AFTERNOON " GOD DOES NOT MAKE A MISTAKE HE MADE A DECISION" MAY GOD BLESS THE FAMILIES. WE CAN BE ENCOURAGED IN KNOWING THAT TO BE ABSENT FROM THE BODY IS TO BE PRESENT WITH THE LORD.

THE MCLEAN-JAMES FAMILY

Anonymous said...

Sis Sonya Hamm in the morning ( no lettuce or tomato, too blessed to be stressed, work like you don't need the money ) is still like a dream,thank you for the encouraging words everymorning. you will be missed. rest in the bossom of the Lord.My thoughts and prayers go out to her family.

Elizabeth Raleigh NC

Anonymous said...

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and her husband.
I loved listening to her when she was on the light...it was a must for me to do because I knew she would make me laugh and give me an encouraging word before she got off the air. I know we all will miss her dearly but God knows BEST.

valorie said...

be blessed my brother, be blessed my sister let me encourage you, let me speak life to you, you can depend on God to see you through, you can depend on me to pray for you.
in your time of sorrow, know that God is here to see you through.know that she is alright and is with him smilling down on us. be encouraged and i'm deeply sorry for your loss. she was a wonderful person and an inspiration to us all

Marian Covington said...

Sonya, by reading the highlights of your past life, I know you was working hard for the Lord here on earth! And a marvelous job well done! :-) I just want to thank you for carrying me through new trials when I first moved to NC. Those long drives to work from Roxboro to Chapel Hill gave me plenty of time to spend with God, and you took me right there. You were one of the reasons that I chose the Gospel station over the others. You were more than an inspiration, you were an Angel. And now, you are home where Angels belong. I really thank God for letting us borrow you for this short period of time you were here on earth, and it was a time well spent! :-)

May condolences to the family & friends; and although she will truly be missed the most by you, she left many sweet memories, and countless blessings behind for you to be proud of!

Stay Blessed!

Min. Stephanie Smith said...

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Mrs. Sonya Ham. I remember her on the Breakfast Club and Pastor Shirley Ceasars Conferences. Look to the hills from which cometh your help, knowing that all of your help and your strength cometh from the Lord. He is able to comfort you so take this time to rest in Him.

Anonymous said...

Sonya, I will always remember as you as the Breakfast Club buddy, early in the morning it was a blessing to wake up and hear your sweet and friendly voice over the air waves. We all have to take the same trip you have already taken to be with our Father...Tell Dad hello and we are all working to meet Him and you when our time come. Our prayers are with your family....The Easter Bunny

Neka said...

I just want to say that I did not know Sonya personally but because I listened to her every morning, I felt like I knew her personally. My heart goes out to all the familly member and all of her close friends. A very sincere pray will go a mighty long way and I am sending prays up today, tomorrow and even the days after the memorial service. So, if the family will continue to pray they shall make it through. God has a very special person in heaven with him right now!!!!

God Bless!!!!

Anonymous said...

I bless the Lord for the life of Sonya Hamm and Gary Hamm. She has touched my life in such a special way. I was blessed to know Sonya via CCBWA where I was a winner of a scholarship to return to college. At the time I meet her, I was a mother of three girls coming out of a failed marriage. She encouraged us to press on while I returned to school. This year I will receive my degree in Accounting and Business Administration. My oldest daughter received full scholarship to play volleyball at Fayetteville State University last year. GOD is good! Although, the seed Sonya sowed in my life for encouragement to return back to college did not end there. As busy as she was, she always took time to correspond with me to encourage the girls, and me even when she went to Atlanta. My family and I will always remember Sonya Hamm. She is a phenomenal woman of GOD!

May God bless and strengthen her family during this time.

Kim Patterson
Youngsville, NC

Stephanie said...

I am still in shock. I pray for Gary and the rest of Sonya's family. I remember her smile and her ability to make life so fun! She could laugh and make the world seem a lot less tragic and serious.
I miss you Sonya Hamm (no lettuce or tomatoes with that!).

reather said...

wow.....mrs. hamm was a wonderful person and great at what she did behind the mic.sonya..you will be missed...earth's lost is heaven's gain..God bless you hamm family.

Kim Williams, Sanford said...

When I came to know Christ as my Saviour, there was 103.9 and Sonja Hamm no eggs or bacon in the morning. I went to Atlanta after Sonja went there to a NBPC mtg. & there was Sonja on the radio making me feel at home when I was 100s of miles from home. I'll always remember that feeling & I'll always remember Sonja Hamm. God Bless the Hamm family & the Radio One family.

yolanda said...

I really loved Sonya Hamm on the Breakfast Club, that was my inspiration before I faced all the troubles of the job. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family, may they find peace in the arms of our LORD and Savior, JESUS CHRIST!

Anonymous said...

Michelle

Sonya Hamm will truly be missed. When I started listening to 103.9 back in 2004 her Powerminute use to encourage and uplift my spirit throughout the day. I met her personally in 2006 at Megafest and it was truly a pleasure and honor. My thoughts and prayers goes out to her husband Gary and family. She made a deposit of spiritual enlightment in my life. I love you Sonya !!!!

Gholston Family
Fayetteville,NC

Clarence said...

Happiness keeps you Sweet, Trials keep you Strong, Sorrows keep you Human, Failures keep you Humble, Success keeps you Glowing, But Only God Keeps You Going!

My prayers are with the Hamm & Brown family.

Rogers Family
Holly Springs

annette said...

I rememember Sonya, When Sent in my Name and Co-Worker to win a Breakfast from the Breakfest Club, I never will forget the moring she called me. I hadn't got to work yet and when I got there my co-worker told me that 103.9 had called and was trying to get in touch with me and for me to call the radio station and when I did Sonya answer and I told her who I was and she told me that I had won the Breakfast and that was the most exciting day of my life just to be able to meet her and Michael Reece. They came to the my work place and gave us the biggest Breakfast we had ever had. I still have the pictures and video that I made when she was there. I truly liked Sonya and she just brighten up my day when I would hear her on the Radio. I really hated to see her leave the light but better things came along and she had to follow her dreams, My prayer and thought go out to the Hamm family. Please just keep on looking up. God makes no Mistakes. Love you Sonya. Annette Cheek at UNC Mail Services in Chapel Hill, NC

Anonymous said...

Sonya, was such a sweet and inspirational person and I do know without a doubt that she is resting with our Lord. We will always love you. Family keep looking up and you will be in our prayers.

Daughtry, Martin & Newton Family
Clinton & Garner North Carolina

Rosa Keech-Gibbs-Knightdale, NC said...

What can you say about the "Breakfast Club" radio personality. Sonya was a beautiful young lady. I raised my youngest daughter on her morning show. I knew it was time for daughter to get up when I heard the words, Good Morning and welcome to the "Breakfast Club" with Sonya Hamm. I never did get the grits, but she sure gave us the meat for that day. Sonya was such a blessing to the body of Christ and will be greatly missed by all her fans. My prayers are with the Hamm and Brown family.

Rosa Keech-Gibbs, Knightdale, NC

Alicia D. Rogers said...

To: Gary, Her Mom, Family and the 102.5 Staff. It was so good to know Sonya Hamm. She was a true woman of color and proud Child of God. My short years in knowing her before she moved to ATL from Raleigh, NC I will treasure. Let her go for now, and so she can be a blessing to the Angels in Heaven. Talk about a "Holy Ghost Party" up there! We all know Sonya is a lead Gospel Player, the best Inspirational DJ ever, and she is helping God run things in heaven!

Rest In Peace,
Alicia D. Rogers
Fuquay-Varina, NC

Luminata said...

Love this blog!

Hugs! :)

Luminata

Donnie McLean said...

It was a blessing to have been able to hear the inspirational and motivational voice of Hamm in the morning. Sonya rest in the arms of our Lord and Savior and you can now receive your reward for your diligent service here on earth. I will always remember you saying to the radio world: " Too Blessed to be stressed; Too annointed to be Disappointed". REST IN PEACE Sonya!!:)

GGraham said...

Prayers and condolences to the Hamm family, as well as the Light 103.9 family. Sonya was my neighbor for many years prior to her moving to Atlanta. I just remember her smiling and waving hello as I past her house. I also had the chance to go on a trip she sponsored to Atlanta, GA for "Woman Thou Art Loose". We all enjoyed her vibrate personality and upbeat spirit on the bus, as she had us singing and praising God. She will be missed.

Anonymous said...

I remember Sonya Hamm in the morning, no tomatoes, no lettuce was the saying. Everyone had a special saying for their names and I loved it. She was a beautiful person and yes, truely missed by us all. But we know that God has her now and she's in good hands. You never get over them, you just continue to love their memory. God's blessings to the family of Mrs. Sonya Hamm.

Wanda
Raleigh, NC

Anonymous said...

Sonya Hamm was my wake call in the morning. She got me going when I didn't want to go. Her points of power were so encouraging and uplifting. The sound of her voice was so profound. She was the voice in the morning that you wanted to hear. OMG!....., how I remember, NO lettuce, No tomatoes! I am really going to miss her!

Sonja said...

To the Hamm family,my thought and prayers are with you she will be greatly missed.I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Sonya at Fred Anderson's Toyota on the day that I Kicked It In To Overdrive and purchased a brand new 2004 Toyota Sequoia.I was excited of course because I had a new ride but even more excited because I got to meet her that day.I talked with Sonya she introduced me to her husband.I told her my name was also Sonja.I also purchased her book and she wrote a wonderful comment inside it to me that I will cherish.She told me she had gotten a promotion and was headed for Ga. she seemed excited.I was sorry that I would not hear her on 103.9 the Light anymore because she inspired me every morning on my commute to work as a nurse but happy that she had gotten a promotion.She did her job well and deserved what she worked hard for.To all of the family and Mr. Hamm may God continue to Bless each of you.Thank God for the precious memories.She will be greatly missed by many fans.

Love,
Sonja Whitted

Debbie Doo said...

My Sister, My Friend... will always be a part of me. I'm forever grateful to God for allowing our paths to cross. The Spiritual and natural gifts she deposited into my life will always be remembered. Those of us who remain in Christ, may we also live a beautiful life and impact the world for Him. Gary... I love you; Mama BB... I love you. The Light Family... I love you! May we all continue to Love Hard. Look Up & Live!

Debbie Doo

Arthelia A. Hampton said...

I had the privilege to meet Sonya when she appeared as a guest on a TV program hosted by my bishop, Bishop Judy Anderson. I was a member of the TV crew.

Sonya's spirit was filled with joy, laughter and the presence of God. What a beautiful personality she had. I am glad I had the opportunity to be in her presence.

I know that God is and will continue to comfort her family.

Arthelia A. Hampton
Chapel Hill, NC

Anonymous said...

My prayers and thoughts go to the
family. Sonya was a wonderful person. I always enjoyed listening to her. We'll miss Sonya but we know that she's with the lord.

Sharon Edwards & Family
Spring Lake, NC

Anonymous said...

My condolences go out to the Hamm family and Light Family for the passing of a true soldier of God, Sonya Hamm. When I heard of the passing of an awesome inspirational woman of God, my heart began hurting because I remember the mornings I would listen to her inspiring and touching voice on the Breakfast Club and pondering on how beautiful she was and how much I missed her when she left and moved to Atlanta. Sonya is the reason I began listening to the 103.9 The Light. She not only put God's touch on everything but she made it fun and entertaining. Sonya will be truly, truly missed and I will continue to honor her spirit. I can't wait to see you sister Sonya, our heavenly angel.

Prayerfully yours.

Anonymous said...

To the Hamm family: The Preaching has now begun, and Rev. Hamm, you will now have to preach for two. With GOD and Minister Hamm now being at your side, even in her absence, she is still with you. Urging you on to glory.

Rev. Rickey L. Simms
Mt. Peace Baptist Church

Mary Longmire said...

Sonya was such an inspiration and a motivator. I loved to hear her on the Light as she always made me smile. She definitely will be missed but God loved her best. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Hamm family, friends, co-workers and church family. God Bless!

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Dr. Victor said...

I HAVE VERY FOND MEMORIES OF SONYA HAMM, AND THE MOST FONDEST MEMORY OF HER IS WHEN SHE TOOK HER VACATION/WENT TO CALIFORINIA AND WAS ON THE PRICE IS RIGHT. SHE PRAYED TO GET TO CONTESTANT ROW AND SHE MADE IT THERE TO CONTESTANT ROW, BUT DID NOT MAKE IT UP ON STAGE TO WIN A PRIZE AND SHE CAME BACK TO WORK AT THE LIGHT AND WAS TALKING ABOUT THAT AND HOW SHE PRAYED TO MAKE IT TO CONTESTANT ROW AND HER HUSBAND ASKED HER IF SHE PRAYED TO MAKE IT UP ON STAGE AND WIN A PRIZE AND HER ANSWER WAS NO... I LEARNT FROM HER TO ALWAYS PRAY FOR EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANT AND HAVE THE FAITH WHICH HAS HELPED ME TO GET TO WHERE I AM TODAY...

TO HER FAMILY AND FRIENDS SHE HAS BEEN A BLESSING AND TOUCHED MY LIFE AND WILL BE TRUELY MISSED. SHE WAS THE LIGHT OF 103.9 IN THE MORNING.