Helen Christopher Hamlett

Saturday, June 11, 1927 - Tuesday, February 6, 2018

In God's Care

Photo of Helen Christopher Hamlett  - 1927-2018

Canton – Helen Wilma Christopher Hamlett, age 90, of Canton, passed away on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at The Homestead in Clyde, NC.

Helen was born in Maryville, TN on June 11, 1927 to the late John Christopher and the late Mammie Whitehead Christopher.  She was a graduate of Young High School in Knoxville, TN.  During the 1940’s, Helen was employed as a secretary with Union Carbide Division in Oak Ridge, TN.  Upon meeting her future husband Paul, it was indeed love at first sight and shortly after meeting they were married and moved to Canton, North Carolina to make their home.

Helen was the oldest woman member of Canton Free Will Baptist Church where she served as a Sunday school teacher and a youth leader (CFC) for more than 14 years. Helen also served as church clerk, local, district and state officer in the Free Will Baptist Women’s Auxiliary. She was a Red Cross volunteer, Haywood County Hospital volunteer, American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 10 and a former Cub Scout Den Mother. 

Helen was an inspiration to all who knew her.  She was a wonderful seamstress and quilter, an avid reader and loved her Bible.  Helen was devoted to her loving husband, son, daughter-in-law, grandchildren and was a Christian friend to all.

In addition to her parents, Helen was also preceded in death by brothers, Wade Christopher and Johnny Christopher, formerly of TN.

Helen is survived by her husband of 72 years, Paul Hamlett; a son, David Hamlett (Alana) of Weaverville; grandchildren, Amy Peterson(Jeff) of Weaverville; Heath Hamlett (Chris) of Huntersville, NC; great-grandson, Andrew Peterson of Fletcher; step-granddaughter, Bayleigh Mann; sisters, Iva Christopher, Judy Largent(Bill) and Jean Wells of TN; Kathleen McClanahan(Ray) of Illinois; a brother, Don Christopher(Sharon) of TN and many nieces and nephews. 

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Friday, February 9, 2018 at Canton Free Will Baptist Church.  Pastor Larry Hughes and Pastor Larry Collins will be officiating.  Burial will be at Crawford / Ray Memorial Gardens in Clyde.  The family will be receiving friends at the church one hour prior to the funeral service.  Serving as pallbearers will be Rodney Brown, Alden Ward, David Hughes and Mark Pless.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Hamlett family

Condolences from family and friends


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My depest sympathy to all of the Hamlett family. She was a sweet lady, and loved pretty beads and necklaces. God bless you all.
Juanita Dixon
My condolences to Mr. Hamlett, David, Alana, and family on the passing of Mrs. Hamlett. She was a classy lady whom I was fortunate to know during my growing up years on Newfound Street in Canton. Even until recent years it was always refreshing to see Mr. Hamlett and her out walking when i was in Canton. She left the world a better place.
Richard Hurley
Condolences and Sympathy to the Hamlett family.Thinking of you in this time of sorrow.
Carroll & Susan Israel
Helen was a precious fixture in our family and she will be missed greatly. May you find comfort in knowing how many lives she touched in such a positive Christian way. Keeping you in our prayers. We love you
Wilma Sue, Kila and Steve
Paul i am very sorry to hear of the passing of Helen. She meant so much to me when I was growing up in the Free Will Baptist Church. I know you and a lot of other people will miss her-a lot . She was a very sweet christian lady.
Jo Nell Thompson Styles