James W. (Jim) Hamilton Sr.


James W. (Jim) Hamilton Sr. passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022, at his home.

Jim was born on May 26, 1932, in Lenoir City, and was the eldest child of Selma and Bill Hamilton. He had an 8th grade education but completed his GED and attended the University of Tennessee and Carson Newman College.

Jim was a devout Christian. He was saved at Sixth Avenue Church of God in Lenoir City in June, 1944. Jim served as the choir director of his church for a few years and traveled with gospel quartets, singing in other churches and concerts. He was very active in his church and held many positions in the local church, as well as state and national level denominational positions in the Church of God. He was a member of the Cornerstone Church of God in Farragut.

Jim was active in local government in Lenoir City. He served on various committees for Loudon County as well as the state of Tennessee.

As a very young man, Jim began his career in his family’s grocery business and in farming. He owned part of a stockyard in Knoxville. He later went into the building business and began a partnership (Ft. Loudoun Builders), with his brother-in-law, Bill Hildreth. They built hundreds of homes as well as some restaurants in Loudon County. Jim was a residential and commercial land developer and established more than 30 residential and commercial subdivisions. He built commercial properties and owned hotels. He enjoyed serving on the board of directors for First National Bank of Loudon County for 40 years, and the board of directors for the Pentecostal Theological Seminary in Cleveland for more than two decades.

Jim was a devoted husband and father. He was married to Margaret Hildreth Hamilton for 58 years, until she passed away in 2005. They had five children; 11 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

He married Nell Hall Hamilton in 2006 and was married to her at the time of his death. Jim became a stepfather to two sons and a daughter with three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Jim was preceded in death by his father, William Jefferson (Bill) Hamilton; his mother, Selma Givens Hamilton; sister, Mena Rather; his first wife, Margaret Hildreth Hamilton; daughter, Diane Hamilton Belisle; and grandson, John Thomason Jr.

He is survived by his sister, JoAnn Hamilton Bolella; brother and sister-in-law, Roy Houston Hamilton and Geneva Littleton Hamilton; sister and brother-in-law, Teresa Hamilton Horst and T. Dale Horst; wife, Nell Hall Hamilton; children, Linda Gail Hamilton, James W. Hamilton Jr. (Brenda), Regina Hamilton “Jean” Moore (Rickie), Karen “Jo” Hamilton McCullar (Steve), Carol Hall Britt (Billy), Michael Hall and Jimmy Hall (Nancy); grandchildren; James Robert Thomason, Christopher Josh Belisle (Shannon), Jennifer Belisle Propes (Matthew), Mary Margaret Hamilton Clagg (Trent), Kelle Hamilton Noe (Luke), Jamie Hamilton Rutland (Ted), Emily Moore Young (Matthew), Hannah Moore, Stefanie McCullar Crawford (Kevin), and Steven McCullar Jr. (Katie); and several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

The family will receive friends from noon to 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022, at Sixth Avenue Church of God in Lenoir City.

Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. at the church with the Rev. Steve McCullar and Dr. Rickie Moore officiating.

Burial will follow in Lakeview Cemetery with the Rev. Sam Belisle officiating. Serving as pallbearers will be his grandsons, Jim Thomason, Josh Belisle, Matthew Propes, Trent Clagg, Luke Noe, Ted Rutland, Matthew Young, Kevin Crawford and Steven McCullar Jr.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Compassion Ministries in care of Cornerstone Church of God, 12813 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37934; or Pentecostal Theological Seminary, 900 Walker St. NE, Cleveland, TN 37311 (James W. Hamilton Sr. Endowment).

Click Funeral Home in Lenoir City is in charge of arrangements.



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