Funeral services for Cleveland "C.L." Hamilton will be held Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 11 a.m. at St. Rest Baptist Church. The body will lie in state from 10 a.m. until time of service.
C.L. Hamilton was born in Claiborne Parish on May 7, 1928 to the late Sanford Hamilton and Ardella Haye. He was one of two surviving siblings out of 23 children until April 7, 2013 when God called him home.
After completion of his education, C.L. joined the U.S. Army where he fought in the Korean War. Soon after receiving an honorable discharge, he met the love of life, Byretha Andrews. In 1954, they were united in holy matrimony. To this union, five children were born.
Mr. Hamilton was a wonderful husband and father; he was a true family man. He was a loyal member of St. Rest Baptist Church where he enjoyed singing in the male chorus and attending Sunday School. He truly loved his church family. He worked 48 years at Tommy's Tire Service before retiring. He also worked briefly as a school crossing guard. He had a strong work ethic and encouraged others to do likewise. He took pride in the fact that he never drew unemployment compensation. He worked hard to afford his family all of the necessities of life and many of its pleasures.
Outside of church and work, C.L. spent most of his time with his family. He adored his wife of 59 years and loved his children dearly. He was a wise man and he took the time to share that wisdom with his children. He was an avid sports fan, especially for his favorite football team, the Dallas Cowboys. From his recliner, he coached as hard as any of Dallas' paid coaches. In his later years, he travelled the city of Minden delivering Bye's Peanut and Pecan Brittle and affectionately became known as "The Candy Man."
He leaves his wonderful memories with his devoted wife, Byretha Hamilton; one surviving sister, Della Walker; and his children, Wanda Bradford, Elena Black, Donald "Ray" Hamilton (Rita), Janice Hamilton-Crawford (Perry), Dedri Lewis (Kelvin), Dawson Hamilton and Leroy Hamilton (Essie). He is also survived by 17 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Rest Baptist Church for the benefit of Ahmad Adams.