Tom Hamilton

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Tom Franklin Hamilton, 80,of Linden, Texas died Saturday, January 1, 2011, in a local nursing home after failing health from a stroke in 2004. He was born in the New Colony Community in Cass County on January 13, 1930, son of Otha and Ora Hamilton. Mr. Hamilton was a graduate from Linden High School in 1947, and East Texas Baptist College, Marshall, Texas, in June, 1951, when he enlisted in the United States Air Force. After basic training, he enrolled in Officers Candidate School, and served 20 years retiring as a Master Navigator. During the Vietnam War, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal. In July, 1971, he returned to Linden and earned a Masters Degree in Education from East Texas State University, Commerce, Texas, and taught mathematics and computers at Linden-Kildare High School for nineteen years. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Linden, where he served as a deacon and Sunday School teacher for 33 years, and church clerk for 19 years. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Phyllis Hamilton, and his daughter and son-in-law Deborah and Randy Taylor; son Timothy Hamilton; granddaughter, Rachel Loftis and grandson Keith Taylor. His sister Maurene Hays of Linden, and sister-in-law Thelma West of Brownville, Maine, also survive him. His son, Stephen Paul Hamilton, preceded him in death. Visitation will be Monday, January 3, 5-8 p.m. at Reeder-Davis Schindler Funeral Home, in Linden. Funeral services will be Tuesday, January 4, at 2 p.m. First Baptist Church in Linden with the Rev. Charles Russell and Rev. Jackie Stanfield, officiating. Burial will be in New Colony Cemetery under the direction of Reeder-Davis-Schindler Funeral Home. For those who wish, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, Linden, or New Colony Baptist Church, Linden.

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  1. We are so sorry to hear of Mr Hamilton's homegoing. Debbie and Randy are our dear friends. We remember so often seeing you at South Park and thinking what great parents you were. We extend our deepest sympathy. You are in our prayers.

  2. Mrs. Hamilton, Deborah and RandyI'm a member of Debby and Randy's 42 Circle of Friends club. You and Mr. Hamilton visited with us a few times and we really enjoyed it when you did. I'm so sorry to hear of Mr. Hamilton's passing. I really appreciate the website about Tom. Seeing his picture and reading about his life make me feel closer to you even though I can't be in Linden with you at this time. Please know that my thoughts are with you and I pray that beautiful memories of Tom will come across your mind in the next few weeks as you walk through this adjustment.Love,Terry Haire

  3. I would like to take a moment to extend my sympathy for your loss. I didn't know Tom, but after reading his obituary, I wanted to say may God's promises for the earth and our loved ones who passed away,bring you hope and comfort at this time. See what the Bible says at Isaiah 25:8; Psalm 37:11,29.

  4. Mrs. Hamilton, I remember well the kindness of Mr. Hamilton and the brillance he exhibited as a teacher. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

  5. Dear Phyllis, Debbie, and Tim. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. But praise God that he is Heaven's gain. I have so many fond memories of Mr. Hamilton and your whole family. I had the priveledge of knowing him through school, church, and living in the same neighborhood. I will pray for your family to be comforted during this time of grieving. God Bless you all. Jackie

  6. I remember the kindness and knowledge shown to me as a senior in Mr. Hamilton's Trig class. I enjoyed his class. To Mr. Hamilton's family: I pray that you receive God's grace and loving hands as he is sadly missed.

  7. Mrs. Phyllis, I am so sorry to hear about Mr. Hamilton's passing. I love his picture! I pray God's presence will be felt during this time by you and your family. What a precious life to be remembered! e

  8. I just want to say how grat of a teacher Mr. Hamilton was! Your family is in my thoughts and prayers still today! May God bless all of you!

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