Clarence “Bob” Hamilton Jr.

On May 15, 2018, a faithful servant of God, and an encourager to all, went to Heaven.

Clarence Robert “Bob” Hamilton, Jr. w as born January 4, 1935 in Lake Charles. He was born to Minnie Mae and Clarence Robert Hamilton, Sr. While at DeRidder High School he was an all-state football and track star, winning numerous medals and awards. He honorably served in the United States Navy from 1954-1958 spending most of his time as a Radar-man, 2nd Class Petty Officer aboard the Pacific U.S.S. Renville. In 1958, he accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior at a Billy Graham’s Crusade in Los Angeles, California.

Bob met the love of his life, Julie Ernestine “Ernie” Davis, at the First Baptist Church in DeRidder. He liked to tell the funny story that their budding romance almost ended when she said, “put out that cigar or put me out of this car.” Bob never smoked again and the rest is history.

Bob attended Louisiana College and received a bachelor’s degree in Music Education in 1962. He attended Southwester Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in music in 1966. Then, God called Bob to preach the gospel. He continued to attend Southwestern Baptist Seminary until graduating with a Master of Divinity in 1970. Bob did all of his seminary graduate work while supporting a wife and three daughters by working days and nights at a variety of full and part-time jobs.

Bob served God faithfully as a minister for 48 years. Churches he served as either a Pastor of Music Minister include First Baptist Church in Jena; Donahue Baptist Church in Pineville; First Baptist Church in Burleson, Texas; Clairette Baptist Church in Clairette, Texas; Central Baptist Church in Crandall, Texas; Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Commerce, Texas; Hickory Tree Baptist Church in Mesquite, Texas; Calvary Baptist Church in Brownsboro, Texas; First Baptist Church in Cooper, Texas; and Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Paris, Texas.

While in the Navy, Bob discovered his love for travel. During his ministry, he coordinated and led World Evangelism mission trips to England, Demark, and Taiwan. In his 70s, he made his final mission trip to India where over 500 people professed their faith in Jesus Christ.

Since Bob and Ernestine retired and moved to Many in 1997 he continued to serve God as an interim pastor for Sabine Parish Baptist churches that needed him. He was always ready and willing to preach and lead the music, blessing the congregation with his beautiful baritone voice. Bob was a faithful member of Alford Heights Baptist Church in Many for 20 years. Church members say he was everyone’s grandfather.

Bob served as the Disabled Veterans Chaplin for the state of Louisiana for six years, driving numerous disabled veterans to the Shreveport VA hospital and conducting many military funerals.

Bob never stopped serving God and encourages others even as his health began to decline. The first thing he asked everyone he met was, “Where do you go to church?” The last thing he always said was, “God bless you.”

Three daughters were born to Ernestine and Bob: Anita, Joan, and Suzanne. Anita Hamilton lives in Florence, Alabama and has two sons: Charles Robert and Eric Garlington Wilson. Eric and his wife, Brittany, have a beautiful daughter, Josephine. Joan Andrews, who lives in Tyler, Texas, and her husband, Mitch, have a wonderful son, Clayton Allen Davis. Suzanne Hamilton, who lives in Many, has only fur babies and has been Bob’s full-time caregiver for the last three years.

Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Ernestine Davis Hamilton; father, Clarence Robert Hamilton, Sr.; mother, Minnie Mae Hamilton; sister, Mary Ann Hamilton; and adopted aunts, Eula Mae Alford, Ruth Ennis, and Lula Ross.

In lieu of flowers or other gifts, please honor Bob Hamilton by helping someone in need in your community.

Bob died peacefully at home using Hospice of Many on May 15, 2018. Three days earlier, he told his daughters “God has told me it’s my time.” As we know that Bob would want us to say, “If you are not sure that Heaven is your final home, please attend the church of your choice this weekend.”

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