M. Thomas Hamilton

M. Thomas Hamilton

February 20, 1945 - June 11, 2021

M. Tom Hamilton was born on February 20, 1945, son of the late Frances Jewel and Blair Thomas Hamilton in Mobile, Alabama. He died on June 11, 2021, at his home.

He married Donna J. Hamilton on August 8, 2020, a day he describes as the best decision he ever made, and lived happily with her until his passing. He and Donna loved motorcycles and did a lot of traveling. After marrying Donna, he inherited a large family and he loved them all, especially his grandchildren. He met Donna in the church they attended and loved everyone, especially their preacher. He was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church and he loved to sing in the choir.

Tom went into the US Army in 1962 and retired as a Sergeant First Class E-7. He attended schools for wheel/track/gas and diesel vehicle mechanics and school for helicopter repair, instructor for helicopters, and was later placed in Field Artillery. He was also instructor for field artillery, and was Chief Firing Battery. Tom did two tours in Vietnam and two tours in Germany, England, and other parts of Europe. He was an avid skier and skied in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and Washington State.

After retirement, he went to college for Business Management. He graduated with seven semesters on the Deans List and is listed in the Who Who’s book. He is very proud of his achievement after only finishing the 8th grade and getting his GED. His wife supported him greatly in his classes and studies. He bought a bait and tackle business and had 34 stores in Oklahoma.

He is a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6669 and American Legion Post 107, and was active in both posts, plus being a Legion Rider. He was active in honor guard.

He liked riding his motorcycle and was a member of H-D of Charleston, Patriot Guardians, Legion Riders 107, and Guardians of the Children. He rode to Louisiana and the Vietnam Wall Memorial each year, and everywhere he could. He has ridden over Germany and other parts of Europe. He has been in all but one of the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii. This was in his plans to visit that State.

He is survived by his wife, Donna; his daughter, Brandi Hurn (Jason); son, Harold Graver; grandkids, Tyler, Gwen, Elizabeth and Rosella; and great grandkids, Oaklee and Cade.

He is preceded in death by his late wife, Claudette; his mother; his dad; his stepdad; and grandparents.

The funeral service will be held on Friday, June 18, 2021, at 1:00 pm at Roush Funeral Home in Ravenswood with Pastor Brian Arthur officiating. Burial will follow in Ravenswood Cemetery with full military graveside rites provided by the Jackson County Honor Guard.

Friends may visit the family at the funeral home on Thursday, June 17, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.

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