John Thomas Hamilton

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MSGT (Ret.) John Thomas Hamilton, 80, passed away peacefully on January 8, 2017, at home after a long illness. A celebration of his life with full military honors will be held later this spring. Mr. Hamilton is survived by his devoted wife of 55 years, Ruth Gargus Hamilton; his children, John C. Hamilton (Jenny), of Santuck, Todd Hamilton (Erin), of Choccolocco, Susan Hamilton Mahaffey (Matt), of Atlanta, Christy Allison Hamilton, of Birmingham; six grandchildren, Allison Hamilton, David Hamilton, AnnaRuth Hamilton, Owen Mahaffey, Mattie Mahaffey and Alana Mahaffey; his sister, Nancy Hamilton Vaughan; his brothers, Ray Hamilton, Gerald Hamilton and Kenny Hamilton; many nieces and nephews who adored their Uncle Jake. Mr. Hamilton was born on July 19, 1936, in Vardaman, Mississippi. After graduating high school, he proudly served his country in the United States Air Force for over twenty years. He was a graduate of Gadsden State Community College and instilled the importance of education into all his children, grandchildren, and loved ones. Mr. Hamilton retired as a letter carrier from the United States Postal Service and devoted many hours to the National Association of Letter Carriers Union. He volunteered in the Weaver High School Athletic Booster Club for many years, as well as the Weaver Civitan Club and Weaver Lions Club. Mr. Hamilton served U.S. Representative Mike Rogers and State Representative Randy Wood as Legislative Assistant for Veterans Affairs, working tirelessly to obtain benefits for deserving veterans. He was a devoted football fan, always cheering for his beloved Ole Miss Rebels. He cherished the many times he played golf with family and his longtime friend, Bob Schaffer. "Pop" counted the moments he spent with his loving grandchildren as the best times of his life. He was an avid gardener who enjoyed the smiles he brought by sharing his vegetables with his numerous friends and neighbors. He will be remembered for his strong work ethic, his steadfastness in always helping others, and his passion for life. The family would especially like to thank Dale and Joanie Morrison for their many years of kindness in taking care of Pop, to Randy Wood for giving our father purpose after his retirement, and to Jessica Noble with Compassus Hospice for her compassion during this difficult time. Honorary pall bearers will be Bob Schaffer, Dale Morrison, Randy Wood and Jace Willett. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Pop's favorite charity, . Anniston Memorial Funeral Home 3865 US Hwy 431 N Anniston, AL 36206 (256)820-0024
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Published in The Anniston Star on Jan. 10, 2017
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