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On the morning of August 23, 2023, our heavenly Father called Mr. Venice Lee Hamilton, affectionately known as V.L., from his earthly home in Thomasville, North Carolina to his eternal dwelling place. He was born on May 8, 1944, in the humble town of Chesterfield County, South Carolina. V.L. made his transition peacefully and naturally, just as he lived his life.
V.L. was the beloved son of the late Thomas C. Hamilton and Ada Sellers Hamilton. He was the cherished brother of his departed siblings: Doreatha, Ann, Minnie Jean, Elizabeth, Susie, Thomas (Pete), Howard, James, and Sylvester. V.L.'s legacy will be lovingly remembered by his daughter, Sherry (Neese) Newman, and son, Ty (Bro) Hamilton (Inga), both residing in Charlotte, North Carolina. His memory will also be cherished by his four sisters, Luzetta Baker, Ethel Blackmon, Mary H. Alston, and Linda Bowman (Ellison), and his brother Jerry Hamilton (Alice). His three adoring grandchildren: Lorenzo (Shamon) Newman, Tylek R. Hamilton, and Myiah A. Hamilton, along with a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends, will miss him dearly.
V.L. was a man of profound intelligence and unwavering determination. He received his G.E.D. from Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina, a testament to his passion for knowledge. He worked diligently at Capital Ford, formerly known as Young Ford, in Charlotte, for over forty faithful years. His dedication was not limited to his profession alone. V.L. was also a devoted member of Saint Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina since September 6, 1987, where he served in the Men's Choir under the guidance of Senior Pastor, Dr. Robert C. Scott.
V.L. was a man of many interests, all of which were underpinned by the love he had for God, his family, and his church. He was an avid photographer, capturing the beauty of God's creation in nature and the joy in the faces of those he loved. He found solace in working with his hands, whether it was tending to his garden, maintaining his lawn, or manifesting his artistry through painting cars.
V.L. was a man of impeccable character, a beacon of light in the lives of those he touched. His deep-rooted love for his family, his unwavering faith in God, and his passion for life were the cornerstones of his existence. He was known for his kindness, his intelligence, and above all, his love - a love that was as vast as the ocean and as deep as the sea.
In the words of the esteemed theologian, C.S. Lewis, "The door on which we have been knocking all our lives will open at last." V.L. has now walked through that door, into the arms of our Lord. Let us rejoice in the life he lived, the love he shared, and the legacy he leaves behind. His spirit will forever remain in our hearts, and his memory will forever be etched in our souls.
Our dear V.L., rest now in the arms of our Savior. Your journey on this earth has ended, but your spirit lives on. We will carry your love, your wisdom, and your passion with us always. Until we meet again, dear brother, rest in heavenly peace.
Our Family is deeply appreciative of the many acts of sympathy shown to us during this time of loss. We loved the beautiful floral pieces, sympathy cards, visits, and your presence today as warm expressions of your love and concern. Thank you and my God continue to bless you.