The Rev. Fred Hamilton Hatcher, 82 of Bonifay, died on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, at Bonifay Nursing and Rehab Center in Bonifay. Born Monday, Nov. 16, 1931 in Jackson County, he was the son of the late Charles Hatcher and the late Mary Hightower Hatcher. He was a member of First Baptist Church where he taught Sunday School for many years. The Rev. Fred also pastored at Union Hill, Bethany, Friendship, New Hope and Darlington Churches over many years.
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He was preceded in death by a sister, Velma Fowler and brothers Ralph, Roy and Franklin Hatcher.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Hatcher; sons, Jon Hatcher of Bonifay and Marcus Hamilton Hatcher of Easley, S.C.; daughters, Wanda Faith Ellis of Black, Ala., Sheila Anita Azbell of Muscle Shoals, Ala., and Janet Elaine Seales of Mossy Head; brothers, Edward Hatcher of Strausburg, Va,, Douglas Hatcher of Pensacola and Donald Hatcher of Fenton, Mo.; sister, Sarah Bozeman of Wewahitchka; 13 grand children and 13 great grand children.
A Funeral service was held at 10 a.m., on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013 at First Baptist Church located at 311 N. Waukesha Street Bonifay, 32425 with the Rev. Shelly Chandler, the Rev. Clayton Hatcher, the Rev. Grant Azbell III and the Rev. Jeep Sullivan officiating. Interment followed in the Mt. Olive Cemetery, Bonifay. Grandsons served as pallbearers with the Men's Sunday School Class serving as Honorary Pallbearers.
The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m., on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, at First Baptist Church, 311 N. Waukesha Street, Bonifay. The family requests in lieu of flowers donations are made to the Gideons, or Emerald Coast Hospice or the Prison Ministry of the First Baptist Church. Sims Funeral Home of Bonifay, is in charge of arrangements.
Sims Funeral Home
201 West Pennsylvania Avenue
Bonifay, FL 32425
Published in Washington County News and Holmes County Times-Advertiser on Dec. 4, 2013