Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


July 9, 2014

Ora Lee Bryant Hamilton

Funeral services for Mrs. Ora Lee Bryant Hamilton, 88, of Kerens will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, July 11, 2014 at New Bethel Baptist Church, 101 Elm Flat Road, Kerens. Burial will follow in the Petersburg Cemetery, Round Prairie, under the direction of Garmon Funeral Home of Henderson.

 Ora Lee Hamilton was born in Floydada, Texas on March 27, 1926, daughter of Norman and Judiah Walker Bryant. Ora Lee spent her early education years in Goodlow Park, Texas. Ora Lee Bryant united in marriage to Henry Starks soon after he returned from his tour of duty in World War II. Unto this union of 23 years, Lonnie E., Henry Jr., Barbara Ann, Judy Ann and Norman L. were born.

In 1958, Ora Lee graduated from the East Los Angeles City College as a Licensed Vocational Nurse and in 1976, she graduated from the Los Angeles Trade Tech College with a degree in Nursing. Ora Lee married Willie Hamilton in Los Angeles, California in 1968 and for many years she worked as a nurse for the Veteran’s Administration Hospital, West Los Angeles Hospital and UCLA Medical Center as an Intensive Care Unit Nurse.

After retiring from Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles in 1985, Ora Lee and Willie moved to Goodlow, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her beloved parents, Norman and Judiah Bryant; husbands, Henry Starks and Willie Hamilton; siblings, Norman L. Bryant, Myrtle B. Hunt, Eddie B. Giddings and Hazel Lee Hayden; son, Henry Starks and son-in-law, Rayfield Washington.

On Friday, July 4, 2014 Ora Lee Hamilton departed this life to enter into Eternal Rest leaving her loving memories to be cherished by her loving children: Lonnie E. Starks (Ora), Barbara Ann Moss (Joe), Judy Ann Washington and Norman Starks (Rosemary); grandchildren, Carlton Washington, Robert Washington, Tracie Jones (Cedric), Lonnie, Jr., Jason Moss, Loretta Moss Bolden, Henry Starks, Bryan Stephens, Norman Starks (Nicole), Amber Starks, Laurice (Missy) Starks, Chris Starks and Justin Starks; many great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren; three brothers, Otis D. Bryant (Sharon), Lonnie B. Bryant (Jean) and Lewis D. Bryant (Edna); many nieces, nephews, great-nieces; great-nephews, cousins and friends who will miss her dearly.

Public viewing for Mrs. Hamilton will be on Thursday, July 10, 2014 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Garmon Funeral Home, 900 N. Van Buren St., Henderson Texas 75652.  

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