ERNEST JEWELL HAMITER
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Ernest Jewell Hamiter of Waskom, TX went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, April 19, 2013 in Shreveport, LA, at the age of 95 years, 2 months and 15 days.
Funeral service for Mr. Hamiter will be held 10:00 A.M., Monday, April 22, 2013 in the Chapel of Downs Funeral Home in Marshall. Interment will follow at Restland Cemetery in Waskom. A time of visitation will be held 4:00-6:00 P.M., Sunday, April 21, 2013 at Downs Funeral Home.
Born in 1918 on the family farm in Bradley, AR, he was the son of David Dickson Hamiter and Aletha Angie Barker Hamiter, and the youngest of seven children. After family hardships endured during the Great Depression, Ernest entered Chamberlain Hunt Military Academy, where he was president of the student body in 1938.
Ernest served in the US Army Air Corps during WWII as an aircraft mechanic and instructor, stationed primarily in Biloxi, MS at Keesler Air Base. He was so proud of having served his country during the war that he often commented that he had left his bootprints on every square foot of Keesler Air Base.
Ernest worked in the oil and gas business his entire career, starting in 1939. After the war, he moved to Waskom, Texas and began work for Arkansas Louisiana Gas Company. He married Mary Frances Ellis in 1947, and raised three children: Dolores Hamiter Weiss, who passed away in 2012; Dickson Ellis Hamiter (Linda), who passed away in 2007; and nephew Michael Alan Akin (Janie), who he raised as his own son. He leaves his sister, Dixie Hamiter Wilson of Hot Springs, AR; daughter-in-law, Linda Hughes Hamiter; eight grandchildren, Kelly Hamiter Mesloh (Tom) of Alexandria, LA; Sheryl Hamiter Gamboa (Jeremy) of Waskom, TX; Amanda Weiss Martin (Terry) of College Station, TX; Pamela Weiss Keith (John) of Pearland, TX; Jennifer Akin Gaines (Stan) of Germantown, TN; Julie Miller Hodges (Rich) of Collierville, TN; Michael Akin, Jr. (Lisa) of Cordova, TN; and Melissa Akin Black (Cliff) of Memphis, TN; and 18 great-grandchildren: Ethan Mesloh, Drea Gamboa, Alyssa Keith, Pearson Keith, Chandler Martin, Dylan Martin, Mackenzie Martin, Courtney Jordan, Cody Jordan, Grant Gaines, Stephanie Marconi, Sean Marconi, Hunter Hodges, Joseph Tucker, Alexandra Akin, Tyler Akin, Gates Black, and Clayton Black.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Mary Frances (Dolly) Hamiter. Together, they operated Hamiter's I-20 Chevron in Waskom (formerly Hamiter's Gulf) from 1944 until her death in 2008, at which time it passed to their daughter-in-law, Linda Hamiter. They also owned and operated Hamiter's 3H Ranch in Waskom and enjoyed raising cattle for many years.
Ernest was active in the Waskom community, where he served as President of the Waskom Chamber of Commerce and was Mayor of the City of Waskom 1954-55. He was active in the First United Methodist Church of Waskom, where he served several years as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees. He retired from Arkla in 1983, and spent his final years enjoying his farm, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
Ernest's family would like to extend a special gratitude to his family doctor. Dr. Billy Bickham and his professional staff that not only cared for Ernest and Dolly Hamiter for many years, but Dr. Bickham was also a trusted and devoted friend.
The family would like to also express their sincere appreciation to Kallie Olezene and the wonderful and professional nursing staff at The Health Center at The Oakes, Shreveport. The loving and compassionate care that each person extended to Ernest made his final days so much easier and more peaceful.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests remembrances to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 427, Waskom, TX 75692.
Downs Funeral Home
4608 Elysian Fields Rd. Marshall, TX 75672
Published in Shreveport Times on Apr. 21, 2013