Harriett Patrick Hamilton was born on September 11, 1930, in Tuskegee, Alabama, the third born of 10 beautiful children to the late Zollie Patrick, Sr. and Lizzie Laury Patrick.
Harriett affirmed her faith in Christ at an early age and worshipped with her father and siblings at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Tuskegee, Alabama. She later reunited in the faith at Bethany Missionary Baptist Church where she served as a Deaconess and sang in the choir until her health failed, and she was no longer able to attend regularly. Although deeply concerned about the global pandemic and COVID 19, Harriett was excited that she could join in praise and worship virtually. She and Aunt Mildred would worship with Antioch Missionary Baptist Church at 10 a.m. and then Bethany on YouTube afterward. She loved listening to KCHL 1480 on Saturday and Sunday and was a regular caller to request “Stand By Me” by Luther Barnes.
Harriett received her formal education from Tuskegee Public School District but left high school before graduating to find work in Philadelphia, PA and later in Detroit, MI to help her parents financially with her siblings, and young son Robert. It was in Detroit that she found and married, “her love”, David Lee Hamilton, Sr. on June 20, 1953. To this union three sons were born, David Jr., Milton, and Ricky who joined their older brother Robert Patrick for a total of four. David Sr., Harriet and Robert moved to San Antonio, TX in 1955 to assist her sister and brother-in-law, Lula & Joe Shaw with their “Deluxe Hotel” in the historic St. Paul Square.
Harriett worked at Texas Industrial Laundry & Cleaners, now known as Universe Laundry & Cleaners on Commerce Street from 1969 until her retirement in 1987. After retirement, she dedicated her time to caring for her grandchildren and staying abreast of everything happening in her neighborhood.
Harriett is preceded in death by two sisters, Georgia Lee Pearson (Douglas Sr.) and Lelia (John) Hamilton; and two brothers, Zollie Patrick Jr. (Willie Mae) and Edward Patrick (Viola). Her baby boy, Ricky Hamilton and “her love” David Sr.
Harriett departed this life on Friday, February 24, 2023, with her son Milton by her bedside. She was welcomed home by her beloved parents and “her love” for 63 years, David Sr. She leaves to cherish her memory, Robert Patrick of San Fernando Pampanga, Philippines; David Hamilton, Jr. (Dr. Debbie C. Hamilton) and Milton Hamilton (Robbie) of San Antonio, TX. Two grandsons whom she helped raise, Ron Patrick (Taneka) of Ft. Hood, TX; and Frank Patrick (Rachel) of Little Elm, TX.
Sisters, Willie Jewel Moore (Marshall) and Louella Morgan (Lewis); brothers Milton Patrick (Mary Ann), Clifford Patrick Sr. (Janice), all of Tuskegee, AL. Mildred Wilkerson of San Antonio, TX. To honor her legacy, grandchildren: Vashawn Hamilton Peterson, David Hamilton III (LaTricia), Jasmine Hamilton, Christopher Jones of San Antonio, TX; Milton Hamilton, Jr. of Elkridge, MD.; Keith Hamilton of Houston, TX; Brandi Wilkiy of Atlanta, GA.; Leslie Turner of Memphis, TN. and LaShawna Horne, Silver Springs, MD. and 13 Great Grandchildren.
Harriett will be remembered for her deep faith in God, dedication to family, sharp wit, welcoming personality, and enormous kindness.
There is nothing more revered and lasting than the bond of siblings, Harriett spoke to her siblings Willie Jewel, Louella, and Clifford daily. The weekly fellowship of sisters Willie Jewel, Lou Ellen, Mildred, and Harriett via telephone watching their favorite WWE & Smack Down Wrestling on Monday and Friday at 7:00 pm was priceless. They demonstrated for the next generation the importance of family connection, bonding over common interests in love and fellowship regardless of where we are in the world. She said often and exemplified that “family is everything!”. She gave us her all, she fought a good fight, she finished her course, and she kept the faith.
Deepest gratitude is expressed to family and friends that checked on her weekly; Jennifer Clayburn, Ted Hamilton and Bethany Church Family, Doris Carbins (Memphis, TN), Rochelle Patterson and Stella Smith, best friend since the 1959.
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