Barbara Sue Bobbie Hamilton

January 17, 1945 ~ May 16, 2011

Barbara Sue "Bobbie" Smith Hamilton, 66, of Lake Charles, LA died at 7:49 PM on Monday, May 16, 2011 in a local hospital.

Mrs. Hamilton was born January 17, 1945 in DeRidder, LA and was a 1962 graduate of Merryville High School. She was a member of St. Luke Simpson United Methodist Church and worked as the manager of Belts Plus since 1988. She enjoyed reading, fishing, and cooking, and will always be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, and sister.

Mrs. Hamilton is survived by her sons, Dr. Herbert M. Hamilton, Jr. and wife Karen of Lake Charles, Dr. Kevin M. Hamilton and wife Dana of Kaplan, LA, and Keith Hamilton and wife Jodie of Grapevine, TX; daughters, Angela Gill and husband Sherwood of Lake Charles and Tina Bradley and husband Lance of Port Neches, TX; brother, A. J. "Bo" Smith of Mobile, AL; best friend, Vera Franks of Lake Charles; grandchildren, Eric Milner, Luke Milner and wife Celeste, Kallie Hamilton, Kendal and Kaden Bradley, Tanner Hamilton, and Izzy and Jacob Hamilton; step-grandchildren, Cameron and Haley Gill and Lacey Charlie; and step-great-grandchild, Adda Grace Dupont.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert M. Hamilton, Sr; and sister, Lillian Smith.

Her funeral service will be at 11:00 AM on Friday, May 20, 2011 at the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Karl Klaus will officiate. Burial will follow in Consolata Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Thursday from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM and continue on Friday from 9:00 AM until the start of the service.

Donations can be made to Shriner's Hospital for Children, Attn: Development Office, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.

The family would like to express a special word of thanks to Lake Charles Memorial Hospital ICU for the care given to their mother.

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  1. Angel, Herbie, Tina, Kevin Keith…Ms. Bobbie will be greatly missed. Frazier Street will never be the same. May the peace that passes all understanding be with you and all of your families at this time.

  2. Barbara Sue went to school together from grade 1 – 12. She was a beautiful woman, bright and funny. She will be sorely missed by everyone who knew her. Rest with Jesus, Barbara Sue.

  3. Bobbie you were a year behind me at Merryville and I haven't seen you since the year you graduated. I can truly say that you were always honest in dealing with others. I don't think there was an ounce of pretension in your body. I've thought of you many times in the past 50 years and always hoped that you were doing well. I was very sad when the first thing I had heard about you since school was your passing away. I'm sure that you're in a better place now. Take care of yourself and keep an eye out for those of us who are still around. I miss you, girl.Tom

  4. Herb – We are so sorry to read about your mom's passing. May Our Lord surround you and your family with His peace and give you strength during the coming days. Our prayers are with you.

  5. I am truely blessed to have had you in my life. Our friendship meant more than could ever be imagined. You will be missed greatly. My prayers are with the family. I love you.

  6. I want to offer my condolences to Barbara Sue's family and friends;especially my fellow classmate,Vera.I have not seen my 1962 classmates since graduation.Even so,our class was very close to one another.We still feel for each other when something like pain and death come along.God bless each of you.

  7. I'm so sorry to hear of your mother, grandmother friend. I graduated with Barbara in 1962. Very likeable person. We all were like family at our school. I will nerver forget when I was so shy in the first grade and she came up to me and wanted to be my friend. She will surely be missed. I will always remember her. May God bless her her family.

  8. My mother just called me and told me of the very sad news.Your mom looked exactly how I remembered her. I remember all of the fun times we had at the Western Electric picnics with Mr. Herbie and Mrs. Bobbie. Herbie, Kevin, Keith, Angel and Tina, know you are in my thoughts and prayers. We lost a very special person in your mother.Cordially,Bobby Hayden JrHouma, LA

  9. My sincere condolences to the family and friends of Barbara Sue. When we were very youg we lived across the street from each other and played together every day…I thought she was wonderful! She moved to the country and started first grade a year ahead of me and time sent us in different directions. She was a beautiful and vivacious person. I know she will be greatly missed.

  10. Our prayers and thoughts are with you with the loss of your mother. My husband and I went to MHS with Barbara Sue and her dear friend Vera. We haven't seen her since graduating but I still remember her loving, lively spirit. We were all in the band together, infact we were all three majorettes, so we took many fun trips to ball games and shared a lot of good times, with your mom being the life of the festivities. A friend sent me this notice and I just wanted to let you know I was thinking of all of you and my wish we had stayed a little closer to each other over the years. Please give Vera our love and just think, you will all have that special beautiful angel on your shoulders. What a wonderful thought. Fondly, Robert and Doris Burr

  11. Sitting here thinking about the service today and how it would have made Bobbie laugh. I feel extremely privileged to have had her in my life. She was a hard worker, loving person and as straight forward as they can come. She loved her children and grandchildren more than anything. I am going to miss her answering the phone and yelling for Melvin. She will deinitely be missed by many. May God watch over all of her family now and forever.


  13. There wasn't a time when I saw Bobbie that she didn't have a GREAT joke to share….I still can't believe you are gone… will be truly missed! (especially your chicken – BEST in Texas and Louisiana!)

  14. This is Donna, I live across the street from Ms. Bobbie. My heart is so broken for your loss. I can't believe I have to look out my kitchen window never see her again! I dearly loved Ms. Bobbie I will miss my visits with her bringing her BBQ. I will be praying for your family for your great loss. Please let me know if I can do anything for you.

  15. Tina,I am praying for you and your whole family. I found this prayer about mothers and I wanted to share it with you.Dear Lord, today I turn to you to give you thanks for my mother. With your own gift of life, she bore me in her womb and gave me life. She tenderly, patiently cared for me and taught me to walk and talk. She read to me and made me laugh. No one delighted in my successes more; no one could comfort me better in my failures. I am so grateful for how she mothered me and mentored me, and even disciplined me. Lord, relying on your promises to us, I turn to you in trust that my mother is with you and that she is enjoying your loving embrace. You alone know how she loved the best she could and how she faithfully endured the struggles that she faced. You know the graces you gave her and you know the grace she was for me and for so many. For all the ways she truly loved the way you loved her, please reward her, Lord. May she enjoy the communion of all her family and friends who are with you.Lord, I know my mothers love for us will continue in heaven. I ask you that you might listen to her fervent prayers for us. Help me to grow into a new and deeper relationship with my mother now, as I long for the day when we will both meet in your embrace – freed from all that might have hindered our relationship on earth, knowing and understanding everything we did not know or understand on this earth.I ask you this with faith in the resurrection, trusting my mother's love, and desiring that she know my love for her. I ask you this, in the name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior forever and ever. Amen!

  16. We have been friends w/Miss Bobbie for over 30 years, since the days of Porche's Ace hardware store. Loved her as a member of our family. Thoughts prayers are with her family. Saw all of her children growing up. There is now an empty place in our heart for a really good friend and we will always miss her.

  17. We send our love and prayers to all of Bobbie's family through these days of sorrow. Bobbie was my friend and both Connie and I loved she and your father. She will be missed greatly. Both she and your father were of great support to us many times. I know she spoke of each of you with love and pride many times. We will miss her very much.Our Love and Prayers Go Out To You All,Yvonne and Connie M. Wright

  18. What a pleasure it has been to have you in our lives. We are truly blessed with wonderful memories of you. You will truly be missed.Our thoughts and prayers go out to family friends. May God belss us with the guidance and strenght we need at this time.

  19. Your moma was always like a moma to me around the Hardware Store. She would tell me to get my butt to school! She would also sneak me some petty cash every now and again and wouldn't tell dad if I was late to work. If you wanted the truth, Miss Bobbie would give it to you straight! She was a hard working,loyal and wonderful friend to me and my family. She will be greatly missed by us all. You all remain in our thoughts and prayers. May God's comfort and peace be with all of you.

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