Shirley Leggette Hamilton

July 22, 1932 - February 21, 2020
Shirley Leggette Hamilton

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Shirley Leggette Hamilton, 87, a resident of 171 Wesley Ave., Washington, NC, died at her home on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, surrounded by her loving family.

Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, at Woodard’s Pond Church of Christ, officiated by Minister Eddie Gurganus. Burial will follow in Pamlico Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Robbie Taylor, Kenneth Taylor, Tyler Buck, Chris Gill, Daniel Gill and Sarge Woolard.

A native of the Old Ford community, Mrs. Hamilton grew up on a farm. She was a shy, tiny woman, but that never stopped her. As an Army wife, she regularly packed up four children moving them across the country several times and across the ocean twice. She enjoyed family trips and just taking rides with friends. She was devoted to her family. She was a faithful member of Woodard’s Pond Church of Christ and loved the church fellowship. At the church, she was also a faithful participant in the Shoebox Ministry filling bags of candy, wrapping bars of soap in washcloths and putting them in bags, and helping line the boxes with tissue paper.

To longtime patrons of Bill’s Hot Dogs in downtown Washington – where she worked for more than 50 years — she was affectionately known simply as the “hot dog lady.” In 2006, the Washington Daily News named her Mother of the Year, a title of which she was very proud and most deserving. In the family’s nomination letter, she was described as a mother who counted every blessing and never complained during life’s many hardships.

Mrs. Hamilton was preceded in death by her husband, Wesley B. Hamilton; grandson, Stephen Cutler; granddaughter, Elizabeth Hope Cutler; brother, Bobby Leggette; and sister, Kay Wallace.

She is survived by her children: Carol Taylor (Ricky) of Washington, NC; Sue Cutler (Ray) of Washington, NC; Mary Pierce (Rodney) of Denham Springs, LA; and Phil Hamilton of Washington, NC; grandchildren: Robbie Taylor (Renee); Kenneth Taylor; Lori Gill (Chris); Tracey Thomas Merrill (Josh Landry); Christopher Thomas (Katie); Rayann Hamilton; Hayley Hamilton and Hope Donahue; great-grandchildren: Erin Taylor; Tyler Buck; Daniel Gill; Emily Gill; Jacob Merrill; Caitlyn Merrill; Tanner Merrill; Charlotte Thomas; Joseph Dale and Wyatt Dale.

She is also survived by a sister, Diane Tetterton of Greenville, NC; brother, Scott Leggette (Sue) of Jamesville, NC; a special sister-in-law, Mildred Hamilton of Washington, NC; a special “adopted” daughter, Patsy Woolard, numerous nieces and nephews; and her faithful fur babies, Bear and Stanley.

The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, at Woodard’s Pond Church of Christ, 9004 US HWY 264 E, Washington, NC. Flowers are welcome or memorial contributions may be made to the church.

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Joseph B. Paul, Jr. Funeral Director Licensee of Washington is serving the Hamilton family.
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Funeral Service

Tuesday, February 25, 2020
3:00 PM

Woodard’s Pond Church of Christ - Directions
9004 US Highway 264 East
Washington, NC 27889

Visiting Hours

Woodard's Pond Church of Christ - Directions
9004 US Highway 264 East, Washington, NC 27889   T:2529462813
  • Monday, February 24, 2020
  • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

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  • February 23, 2020
    Linda Haislip says:
    Sue, my sincere condolences on the loss of your mother, you are in my prayers

  • February 29, 2020
    Tom and Mary LaBarbera says:

  • February 25, 2020
    Regina Zofcin says:
    I love you and will miss you forever. You are one of the most beautiful persons I have ever know. You loved me without judgement. My friend forever and always. May your family find comfort during this time. I miss you already.

  • February 25, 2020
    Sharon Pratt says:
    Praying for God to give you all strength and His peace in the days and weeks ahead. May His grace and mercy cover you all and unite you in His love and care.

  • February 24, 2020
    Tommy and Babs Chandler says:
    So sorry for your loss. Prayers for the family.

  • February 24, 2020
    Kaye, Debbie, and Johnny Uniforms PRN says:
    Sue, We Are Thinking of you, and your family.....

  • February 24, 2020
    betty griffin says:

  • February 24, 2020
    Donnie Bell says:
    Mrs. Shirley, you will truly be missed. Thank you so much for your service to all of us. God has gained another Angel!!!

  • February 24, 2020
    Mack&Jackie Wallace says:
    We are so sorry for your loss. May God wrap his loving arms around each of you. God Bless each of you.

  • February 23, 2020
    Cookie Core says:
    Loved her so worked with her at Bill's hot dog for 5 years prayers for the family

  • February 23, 2020
    Sue and family, I am so sorry to hear of your mother passing away. I just fell in love with her in the short time I've got to know her. She had the sweetest personality. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. God bless each of you. Cherish all your memories.

  • February 23, 2020
    Leigh Landing says:
    Thoughts and prayers for the family and friends.

  • February 22, 2020
    Jack and Sarah Smiley smiley says:
    Carol,Sue,Mary and Phill you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Shirley is in heaven but will always be in your hearts. You will have memories of your love and special times to help you get through each day. Love to each of you. Jack and Sarah

  • February 23, 2020
    Christopher Thomas says:
    Really going to miss my Mema. I was really hoping to get to see her this year so she could meet my kiddo.

  • February 23, 2020
    MARILYN HALE says:
    I am so sorry to hear about Shirley. I have known her all my life and I know her family will really miss her. May God bless and comfort you all as only He can is my prayer

  • February 23, 2020
    Penny Adams says:
    Praying for you all, for peace and comfort..... the Lord has his loving arms around you all. Penny Perry Adams

  • February 23, 2020
    Nell Toler says:
    So very sorry for the passing of your loved one. May God bless and be with ya'll.

  • February 23, 2020
    Lou Waters says:
    Ms Shirley will be missed by all of us. Sending love and prayers to all of you!!

  • February 23, 2020
    Deborah Roebuck says:
    May the Lord bless you and keep you. May His countenance shine upon you and give you peace as you walk through your grief and loss.

  • February 23, 2020
    Lori Woolard says:
    Ms. Shirley will be greatly missed. She was a sweet and funny lady. Prayers for you y'all!

  • February 22, 2020
    David & Barbara Carawan says:
    All of you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God give you peace and comfort.

  • February 22, 2020
    Carla Hudson says:
    Sue,Carol,Mary and Phil, I am so sorry for your loss. Love you and you'll be in my prayers.

  • February 22, 2020
    Hope Dale says:
    So lucky to call this beautiful lady memaw. I will miss our phone calls and our visits when I could. She made me smile . I sure will miss her. Love you all so Much. Hope

  • February 22, 2020
    Carla Hudson says:
    Sue,Carol,Mary and Phil, I am so sorry for your loss. Love you and you'll be in my prayers.