Retired Erie School District Teacher William Arthur Hamilton, age 66, 3929 W. 38th St., passed away Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at Abington Crest Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. He was born in Houston, Miss. on March 21, 1947, son of the late Willie Lester Hamilton and Ida Mae Atkinson Hamilton. He relocated to Erie with his parents as a young child. William was a graduate of Tech Memorial High School and earned a bachelors and a masters degree in education from Edinboro University. He retired from the Erie School District in 2002 where he taught for 30 years. He was member of Second Baptist Church where he sang in the Mass and Male Choirs, served as a Jr. Deacon and was a member of the Men's Club. He also sang with the Erie Gospel Chorus. William was a member of the Barney-Smith Post 700 of the American Legion, the Gem City Elks Lodge #328 and the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. He enjoyed bowling, singing and watching sports (he was an avid Cleveland Browns fan). He loved his family and will be dearly missed by his family and friends. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Otis Hamilton and three sisters, Evangelist Zula Harris, Oclene Harrison and Lula Bell Hamilton. He leaves to cherish his memory a son, Jonathan William Hamilton of Erie and a daughter, Danielle Turner and husband Derrick of Penn Hills, Pa.; two brothers, Eugene Hamilton (wife Ann) and Willie Hamilton, Jr. (wife Bertine), all of Erie; three sisters, Leslie Johnson, Minister Williestean McClure (husband Rev. Floyd McClure) and Betty J. Patterson, all of Erie; two grandchildren, Dana Li and Dallas Larae Turner; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Friends may visit with the family on Monday, April 1, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Second Baptist Church, 757 E. 26th St., and are invited to attend a funeral service on Tuesday, 11 a.m., with Rev. Dr. Allen B. Green officiating. Interment in Erie County Memorial Gardens. Funeralization by House of Law Inc., 2926 Pine Ave., Erie, Pa.
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Published in the Erie Times-News on Mar. 31, 2013