CONWAY, NC – Charles Sterling Hamilton, age 86, passed away on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at the Vidant North Hospital in Roanoke Rapids, NC.
A native of Tyrrell County, Sterling was born on July 24, 1933 to Joseph W. Hamilton and Ada Davenport Hamilton in Columbia, NC. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. Sterling spent his entire career as an educator for Northampton County Public School System. After many years in the classroom he spent his last four years as the Principal at Conway Middle School. He cherished his students and would let them know when meeting on the street that he knew he taught them just could not remember their name. Sterling enjoyed his time as a coach when needed and announcing at the football and basketball games. He was truly dedicated to teaching our future leaders in Northampton County. Upon retiring from education, Sterling enjoyed mowing grass for the church and elderly in the neighborhood. In his early years, Sterling liked to duck and goose hunt. He was an avid Boston Red Sox fan, enjoyed traveling, and spent lots of time videoing those special events for people to cherish for years. Sterling was loved by many and will be deeply missed by all that knew him.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Joseph “Joe” Hamilton, Jr., Thomas Hamilton, Edward Hamilton, and Albin Hamilton, his sister, Julia Riddick, and a nephew, Buddy Riddick.
Sterling is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Frances, his daughter, Julia Hamilton Salas and husband Rudy; grandson, Rudy Salas III and wife Emma; granddaughter, Marialena Salas; four great-grandsons, Elijah, Finn, and identical twins Jasper and Isaac Salas; a sister-in-law, Mittie Hamilton; two nephews, Steve Hamilton and wife Pat, and Al Hamilton; five nieces, Claire Jo Miner and husband Joe, Alice Ann Cohoon and husband Mike, Angela Matthews and husband Matt, Debbie Copeland, and Fran Hamilton; along with numerous great-nieces, great-nephews, friends and neighbors that were like family to Sterling.
A celebration of life funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 29, 2020, at 2:00 pm at the Conway United Methodist Church, Conway, NC, with Rev. Robert Hill officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at 1:00 PM and burial will follow the service at the Conway Cemetery.
Flowers are welcome or memorial contributions may be made directly to the Conway United Methodist Church, PO Box 326 Conway NC 27820 or online by clicking here
Garrett-Sykes Memorial Chapel, Murfreesboro, NC is handling the arrangements for the Hamilton family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting www.garrettsykesfs.com.