Paul Douglas Hamilton
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SHELBY: Paul Douglas "Doug" Hamilton, age 65, of Shelby, died peacefully and unexpectedly in his sleep, Sunday, August 3, 2014 at his home.
He was born May 15, 1949 in Rowan County, Morehead, KY the son of the late Stanley Carter and Odell G. (McFarland) Hamilton. Doug was a 1968 graduate of Shelby Sr. High School where he ran track, and played basketball. He attended Midland Business College in Ashland. He was drafted into the United States Army serving in Vietnam as a military policeman from 1970-1972. On February 18, 1972, he married his high school sweetheart and next-door neighbor, Cathy Mae (Stanley) Hamilton.
Known as "Stretch" to his friends at the Tuby, he was currently in his 47th year of employment where he was a mill operator.
Sports were a big part of his life as he coached his children, grandchildren and other children in the community in softball, basketball and baseball. Doug enjoyed Nascar and was a huge Kentucky Wildcat and Atlanta Braves fan.
Doug enjoyed life in many ways. His favorite thing to do was going to the beach at St. Augustine, Florida. He enjoyed walking the beach with his wife and family and had an eye for finding star fish and sand dollars. His other pastimes included growing vegetables (especially tomatoes) , listening to music (Union Station, Fleetwood Mac, Beatles, Abba, and CCR), drinking sweet tea, and walking in the rain with his wife. Doug loved spending time every day for over 30 years with his Breakfast Club friends at McDonalds, and enjoying the company of his beloved dogs, Lil' Bill and Baxter.
Doug is survived by the love of his life: Cathy Hamilton of Shelby; three children: Robin (Matt) Smedley of Shiloh, Jennifer Markwell (fiancé, Eric Rath) and Dustin (Rachel) Hamilton all of Shelby; eight grandchildren: Dustin Markwell, Austin Markwell, Cassidy Smedley, Remington Smedley, Kennady Smedley, Kashton Hamilton, Kierra Rath, Kaiden Rath; also surviving are brother in-laws and sister in-laws: Ed Hensley of Norwalk, Vicki (Earl) Strine of NC, Rhonda (Mark) Carey of Mansfield; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.
Family and friends are welcome on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 from 3-5 and 7-9 PM at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby where funeral services will be conducted on Thursday at 11 AM by his cousin, Michael Atkins. Military honors will follow. Memorial expressions may be made to Akron Children's Hospital. To leave a condolence or to share a memory with the Hamilton family, please visit: www.turnerfuneralhomeshelby.com
Turner Funeral Home
168 W Main St
Shelby, OH 44875
Published in the News Journal on Aug. 5, 2014