Jewell Ellsworth “Buck” Hamilton, 85, passed away, joining his Savior, Jesus, on Sunday, August 28, 2022.
Buck was born in Deepwater, MO to the late Jewell Ellsworth Hamilton, Sr and Nona Alice.
He is preceded in death by his father, Jewell E. Hamilton Sr., his mom, Nona Alice Myers, sister, Etta May Hamilton-Dryer and half-brother Richard Hamilton. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Betty Hamilton; children Roy and wife Sherry Hamilton, Bonnie and husband Michael Rogers, Will and wife Sandy Hamilton, and Teresa and husband Brad Grecco, 9 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren, sister Betty Hull, half-sister Kathy Smith, and half-brother Donald Hamilton.
Buck began working in the coal mines at age eight. He continued to work for Williams and Hilty Quarry as a supervisor until his retirement at age 72. He was a talented crafts man, enjoyed wood working, antique vehicles, bowling, supported the Kansas City Royals and Kansas City Chiefs. He enjoyed western movies and he was our “John Wayne”. He was the family's strength, spiritual mentor and a solid foundation.
Buck’s faith was always a major part of his life. He had a profound and intense knowledge of the Holy Scriptures which he applied to family and friends in his daily life. His love for the Lord allowed him to serve in the prison ministry, ministering at a Cancer Hospital, nursing home, and Sunday School teacher. He was ordained as a Deacon in 1972 and licensed as a Minister on April 13, 1976 at the 1st Baptist Church of Deepwater, MO by Reverend Chester Smart. He not only served as a pastor, but also as a lay minister for several rural churches and preached in many revivals. He gave his heart, soul and was a true Warrior for Christ even to the end witnessing to Doctors, Nurses and everyone he came in contact with.
His life was a blessing to everyone he touched, his memory a treasure, and he will be missed beyond measure.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Vansant-Mills Funeral Home in Clinton, Missouri.