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Ellis Earl HamiltonMarch 9, 1941 ~ November 1, 2017 (age 76)
Ellis Earl Hamilton, 76, of Bradenton, Florida, went home to be with is Lord and Savior Wednesday November 1st, 2017. Earl was born and raised in McRae, Georgia, and was one of three children. He was a Manatee County resident since 1948.
He is preceded in death by his parents Ellis and Marie Hamilton and his loving wife of 52 years, Ellen Hamilton. He is survived by his youngest sister Carol Hamilton of Bradenton, Florida; his daughter Tammy Jo Spivey-Bralley (Tom) of Bradenton, Florida; his son Ellis Earl Hamilton II (Sandra) of Hillsboro, Oregon; a grandson Levi Spivey (Erin); and two great-grandchildren, Emma and Lane Spivey of Parrish, Florida.
Earl was a member of Samoset Baptist Church for over fifty years where he served as deacon and on various committees. He was dedicated to his church and to his Lord and was a testimony to many.
Earl started out as a bag boy for Kwik Check where he met his wife Ellen. Earl then pursued a career with Publix for 35 years and was an assistant manager. After retirement he worked part time for DeSears. Later he worked for Specialty Partners alongside his good friend Larry Wadsworth doing store setups and dealing in specialty food items.
He served in the National Guard Reserves for many years. Retiring at the age of 59, he set out to hike the Appalachian Trail.
Upon retirement Earl and Ellen built a home on their property in Hayesville, North Carolina. They owned the property for years after having vacationed in the area quite often. The mountains were his favorite get away.
Earl Hamilton was a man of few words but was respected by many who knew him. He was a good listener and a great friend to many. He had a quiet but great sense of humor. He was a great neighbor and loved to help others. He had a strong faith and loved his family and was a great provider. He was a loving husband and a devoted father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.
Six to eight years ago he started out on his long journey of Alzheimer’s, which robbed him of his golden years and ended at Serenity Gardens Assisted Living, where he passed away peacefully in his sleep. He was cared for by the most loving of caregivers and owner/nurse Roberta Jackson. He also had great care from Tidewell Hospice services.
There will be a memorial service on November 18th, 2017 at 3:00PM at the Samoset First Baptist Church, 3200 15th Street East, Bradenton, Florida.
In lieu of flowers, we are asking those who feel willing to please make donations to Samoset First Baptist Church or Serenity Gardens Assisted Living of Bradenton, a small respected family-owned business.
- Earl was a loving husband and devoted father, and he will be missed but always in our hearts. -
Samoset First Baptist Church
3200 15th Street East, Bradenton FL 34205
Serenity Gardens of Bradenton
2211 29th Ave. W., Bradenton FL 34205