Herbert “Herb” Morris Hamilton


    Herbert “Herb” Morris Hamilton was born June 11, 1932 in Richland, Missouri to Ralph and Mae (Thornsberry) Hamilton and passed away March 16, 2019 at the age of 86 years.


    Herb served in the United States Army in the Korean Gulf as a Radio Operator after he had completed his undergraduate degree from Southwest Missouri State University. He continued his education at Indiana University where he attained his masters and doctorate in business education. He also was awarded his Masters of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. He was a professor at Miami University - Ohio and Longwood College - Virginia. He finished his working career at Defense General Supply Center in Richmond, Virginia.
    In 1998 Herb moved to Springfield, Missouri to help his parents after his mother experienced a stroke. His mother passed away and he then assisted his father until his father’s death in February 2011 at the age of 104 years, 8 months.
    Herb loved gardening which included flowers and vegetables. He had a garden almost every place he lived. He loved books of which he had many. He also loved music, especially opera. He loved to sing and was an accomplished singer and pianist.
    He sang solos in church, directed choirs and he preached the gospel. Above all, Herb’s greatest love was his Lord Jesus Christ his Savior.    He is survived by the mother of his children, Harriet (Wills) Hamilton; two children, Andrew Hamilton and wife Lynn and Annette Duker and husband Russell; three grandchildren, Rebecca Duker, Rachel Pruitt and husband Jim and Nathaniel and wife Kate; two great grandchildren, Matthew Duker and Tristan Cox; other relatives and friends.
    Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 17, 2019 at the Competition Cemetery in Competition, Missouri.
    A gathering at restaurant in lieu of a visitation was held in Lebanon, Missouri that same evening.  
    Arrangements under the direction of the James & Gahr Mortuary in St. James, Missouri.