Paul Hamlett

Tuesday, August 26, 1924 - Saturday, May 11, 2019

A Man of True Patriotism

Photo of Paul Hamlett  - 1924-2019

Canton – Paul Leon Hamlett, age 94, of Canton, passed away May 11, 2019 at Emerald Ridge in Asheville, NC.

Paul was born in Canton, NC on August 26, 1924 to the late Henry G. Hamlett and the late Fannie L. Crawford Hamlett. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 72 years, Helen Christopher Hamlett. He was also preceded in death by brothers, James Hamlett, and Oliver “Bub” Hamlett; and a sister, Alma Holcombe.

Surviving are a son, David Hamlett (Alana) of Weaverville, NC; grandchildren, Amy Peterson (Jeff) of Weaverville, NC, and Heath Hamlett (Chris) of Huntersville, NC; a great-grandson, Andrew Peterson of Fletcher, NC; a step-great-granddaughter, Bayleigh Mann of Huntersville, NC; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Mr. Hamlett was a member of Canton Free Will Baptist Church where he helped his wife, Helen, with the Crusaders for Christ. He always supported community events, church events, and school fundraisers. Paul was employed by Champion International Paper Company for 41 years until his retirement in 1988.

A veteran of World War II, Mr. Hamlett served with the 2nd Army, Company A 505 Military Police Battalion. He served in the European theatre of combat and participated in the Central Europe, Ardennes, and Rhineland Campaigns. Paul had been a member of the American Legion Post #61 in Canton, NC. The patriotism Mr. Hamlett learned in the Army never left him, as family and friends will attest.

The family wishes to acknowledge the kindness, compassion, and care provided by the Emerald Ridge Care Center.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday, May 15th at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service. Pastor Larry Collins will be officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home 1 hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Crawford / Ray Memorial Gardens in Clyde, NC with military honors.

Memorial gifts in honor and remembrance of Mr. Hamlett may be made to Canton Free Will Baptist Church, PO Box 1346, Canton, NC 28716.

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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Remembering Mr. Hamlett from our neighborhood growing up in Canton when David and I were in school prior to working together at Square D Company. He was a real gentleman, and a very friendly, caring person. My thoughts and prayers are with David, Alana, and the family during this difficult time. Here for you.
Richard Hurley
Without doubt one of the best men I have ever known. Mr. Paul is a supreme example to all of us and will be deeply missed. Truly a life well lived.
David Hughes
Paul was a good man. Sympathy and Condolences to the Hamlett family in this time of sorrow.
Carroll & Susan Israel
THE CHRISTOPHER FAMILY LOVED PAUL. WE WERE SO GLAD TO HAVE HIM IN OUR FAMILY. HE LOVED OUR SISTER HELEN MORE THAN HIMSELF AND SHE LOVED HIM. NOW THEY ARE TOGETHER FOREVER WITH THEIR SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST WHOM THEY LOVED TO SERVE. WE WILL MISS HIM SO MUCH. OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH DAVID AND ALANA AND ALL THE FAMILY.
BILL & JUDY(CHRISTOPHER) LARGENT
Prayers for you all!
Sharon Largent
David, Alana and Family, Sending our deepest sympathy to each of you. Our thoughts and prayers!
Doug and Patty Buchanan
Dear David and Alana and Family, We are deeply saddened by Paul's passing, but we praise God that he is now reunited with his sweet wife, Helen. On Easter of this year, Scott and I felt drawn to visit with Paul. Scott and he reminisced about making home-made ice cream and taking turns turning the handle of the old churn. More wonderful, warm memories flood in as they continued to mention other family members from those days so long ago. Paul was always so friendly and would call often just to say "How are you?" and "I'm just thought about you, so I decided to call." So kind and gentle a man the world does not often see today. May the Peace of God That Passes All Understanding Be With You. . . Now and Always. With love, Sharon Byers Conner and Scott Edward Conner
Sharon Byers Conner
One of the dearest men I have ever had the privilege of knowing. We considered Paul and Helen family. They loved our children, especially David, well. David always considered them to be his NC grandparents since he was never privileged to live close to his actual grandparents. I loved Mr. Paul and his presence will certainly be missed. I have to rejoice that he is reunited with the love of his wife and his Lord. See you one day soon, Paul.
Margrette Brent