Frank Emmett Hamilton of Brunswick died at age 79 on Monday, July 30, 2018 at his home in the loving presence of family. He was the son of the late Loren J. Hamilton and Zelma Rose of Mansfield, PA. He was a member of Whiteville United Methodist Church, where he served as a Lay Leader and Sound Board Coordinator and participated in several committees. He was also very involved in the Cape Fear Emmaus Community and helped with many ‘Walk to Emmaus’ weekends. He also joined his church brethren to attend many ‘Promise Keeper’ conferences.
After 23 years of active military service in electronic computer system maintenance, he retired from the U.S. Air Force with the rank of Master Sergeant in 1980. He then immediately started a second career with IBM as a customer service engineer, retiring after 17 years in 1997. During his military service, he was highly decorated with the following honors: AF Commendation Medal (20LC), AF Good Conduct Medal (50LC), Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, NCO Academy Graduate Ribbon, Army Good Conduct Medal, AF Longevity Service Ribbon (40LC), National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal (3 Bronze Stars), AF Presidential Unit Citation, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and Meritorious Service Medal.
Survivors include his loving Wife of 54 years, Betty Spivey Hamilton of Brunswick, NC; Son, George Loren Hamilton (Karen) of Gastonia, NC; Daughter, Leslie Rose H. Parham (Randall) of Lake Wylie, SC; Sister, Betty H. Crippen of Mansfield, PA; Grandchildren Zachary Kyle Hamilton, Miranda Rose Parham, and Davis Nash Parham.
The celebration of life memorial service will be Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Whiteville United Methodist Church with Rev. Bob Hankins and Rev. Paul Stallsworth officiating. Visitation will be prior to the service in the United Methodist Church Parlor from 10:00-10:45. The interment of ashes will immediately follow the service at Whiteville Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Whiteville United Methodist Church.