Joseph was educated in the public schools of Camden County. He received Christ at an early age. Early on, he attended Clinch Chapel United Methodist Church. He later joined Burnt Fort Baptist Church where he was an active member until his death. At Burnt Fort, he was excited about his pastor, the worship services and enjoyed the camaraderie and fellowship of the church members.
Joseph worked at Thiokol Chemical Corporation for a short period. He then worked for Gilman Paper Company until his retirement.
Joseph was an outdoorsman. He enjoyed taking his boat out to the river and would fish all day. He would sometimes take family or friends along with him for a day of fun and relaxation.
Joseph was a gardener and definitely had a green thumb. When you went to his home, you would see rows and rows of greens, okra, potatoes and other vegetables thriving. He gave much of it away. Also, Joseph enjoyed hunting and he loved to travel.
Joseph was a gold card holder of Pioneer 179 Masonic Lodge.
Joseph was preceded in death by his father, Bob Hamilton; his mother, Willie Mae Street Hamilton; eight siblings, Robert, Ethel, Caesar, Christine, Isaac, Hager, Channie, one un-named sister; and a son, Tyrone.
He leaves behind to cherish many memories of a life well lived a daughter, Janice Vazquez (Miguel, Sr.) of White Oak; three sons, Joseph Hamilton Jr. (Sandra) of White Oak, Lewis Hamilton (Charmaine) of St. Marys, and Barry Hamilton (Lucinda) of Kingsland. Also mourning his death are two siblings, Leroy Hamilton and Rebecca Carter (Joe), both of Woodbine; eight grandchildren, Miguel Jr., Marcos, Joel, Sonya, Shenika, Nigel, Sierra, Crystal; and nine great-grandchildren. Also, he will be missed by his good friend J.R. Williams. Finally, he leaves a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 5, 2014, at Burnt Fort Baptist Church in White Oak. A visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday, July 4, 2014, at the funeral home chapel.
Sunset Funeral Home is in charge of final arrangements.