Services for Pastor Bill Hamilton are scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, at Rock Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. Shelby Davidson officiating. A graveside service will follow the service in Oaklawn Cemetery in Athens. Visitation will be at the church on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.
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Rev. Hamilton died Aug. 9, 2014, at 9:42 p.m. at The Hospice of East Texas while surrounded by family and loved ones. While gazing into his wife's eyes, he took his last breath and then peered into the eternal father's awaiting arms.
William Arthur Hamilton Jr. was born July 9, 1937, in Clinton, S.C. He served in the United States Air Force for nine years. He studied at Nazarene Bible College in Colorado Springs, Colo., and graduated from Piedmont Technical College in South Carolina. He served as a police officer in Laurens, S.C., and pastored three churches in the area.
He moved to East Texas in 1982 and drove a truck for Southland Corp. until 1988 when he started his own trucking business. He pastored for 15 years at Union Hill Baptist Church and served on many boards and committees for the Baptist Missionary Association of Texas. He served in Circuit Riders Motorcycle Ministry in many positions, including chapter president and the spiritual covering for the ministry. He was currently serving as the pastor of New Beginnings Baptist Church in Edom.
Bill had many hobbies, including fishing, motorcycling, gunsmithing, carpentry, drag racing, cooking, but his favorite of all was spending time with his grandkids.
He received many awards for his achievements in transportation and ministry.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William Arthur and Hannah Hamilton; infant daughter, Elizabeth Hamilton; son, Danny Moore, of Chandler; and brothers, Ray Hamilton and Gene Hamilton.
Survivors include his wife, Charlotte "Charlie" Hamilton, of Chandler; daughters and sons-in-law, Larissa and Steve Williams, of South Carolina, Becky and Steve Edwards, of Chandler, Ramona and Scott Weeks, of South Carolina, Misty and Don West, of Brownsboro; sons and daughters-in-law, Ray and Vanessa Hamilton, of South Carolina, Ray and Vickie Moore, of Arkansas; 21 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sister, Georgia Brewer; brothers and sisters-in-law, James and Lane Hamilton and Jack and Edith Hamilton; sister and brother-in-law, Elizabeth and David Beaty; and a multitude of nieces and nephews. His favorite companions were his German shepherd, Doc Holiday, and his partners in crime, Matt and Luke Edwards.
The family wishes to thank all of the employees of The Hospice of East Texas for their loving care for our patriarch. Memorials may be made to The Hospice of East Texas Foundation, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, 75701; New Beginnings Baptist Church Youth Group in Edom; or The Salvation Army of Tyler.
Isaiah 40:31: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
A True Servant of God!
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Aug. 13, 2014