Ethel Smith Hamilton, 89, of Beaufort, passed away on Monday, October 7, 2019 at her home.
Ethel Smith Hamilton, formerly of New Bern, met Julian Hamilton, Jr at a dance in Harlow, NC. Immediately, they fell in love. When she graduated from nursing school, the happy couple announced their marriage. They were married 47 incredible years until Julian’s passing. Mrs. Hamilton wore her wedding band until her passing. She was a devoted wife and caring mother. She practiced her nursing career until she gave it up to become a full-time mother and wife. She never looked back. Her kitchen table was always open to anyone that needed a hot meal or some extra loving and tender care.
“Miss” Ethel as known by the children at First Baptist Church, Beaufort, was a mission and Sunday School leader. Over the years, she taught Sunbeams, GA’s, Acteens, children’s Sunday School, and Baptist Women. She not only taught missions but lived missions by her life. One of her last requests were for others to come to know Christ as their personal Savior. Her final legible words as heard by one of her sons in her waning days were, “Jesus, Jesus Jesus!”
A memorial service will be held at 5:00 PM Friday, October 11 at First Baptist Church of Beaufort with Dr. Keith T. Hamilton officiating. Burial will follow at Ocean View Cemetery in Beaufort.
She is survived by her children, Julian Craig Hamilton of Atlantic; Keith Thomas Hamilton and wife, Patty of Buford, GA; Stephen Ray Hamilton of Beaufort; Wanda Sue Hamilton of Beaufort; George Davis Cottingham and wife, Karen of Beaufort; four grandsons, Julian Eric Hamilton; Mark Thomas Hamilton; Matthew Keith Hamilton; George Davis Cottingham IV; five great grandchildren, Sierra Joy Hamilton; Caleb Alexander Mark Hamilton; Matthew Calvin Hamilton; Noble Cape Hamilton; Barrett Carter Hamilton; sister, Nancy Smith Duncan of Clayton, NC.
Preceded in death by her husband, Julian Hamilton Jr.
Donations may be sent to: First Baptist Church, Children’s Ministry, 403 Ann St. Beaufort, NC 28516.
Electronic condolences and life tributes may be sent to the family at www.noefs.org
Arrangements by Noe Funeral Service, Inc. of Beaufort, NC.