Frances Edmunds Hamilton

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Frances Edmunds Hamilton

October 01, 2018

Frances Edmunds Hamilton, 100, died Oct. 1 at Meadow View Senior Living Community, Norris, TN.

She was born in Palestine while her father, Clarence Edmunds of Knoxville, TN, was away during World War I; her mother, the former Blossom Irene Swift, had returned home to stay with family. After the war, the Edmundses went back to Knoxville.

Mrs. Hamilton graduated in 1936 from Knoxville High School and in 1940 from the University of Tennessee. Her late husband, Lester Hamilton, was co-owner and publisher of the Herald-Press, founded by his father and uncle. He died in 2000 and in 2008, she moved to Norris to be near family.

Mrs. Hamilton belonged to Meleterion Study Club, Norris Woman's Club and Alpha Omicron Pi sorority, and was active in the Episcopal Church as a member of St. Philip's, Palestine, and St. Francis, Norris.

Her son Mark Hamilton of Bend, OR, died in 2008. Surviving are her daughter, Frances Hamilton Oates, and son, Lee E. Hamilton, both of Norris. Grandchildren include Ceris Hamilton Geoghegan (Patrick), Greenback, TN; Markham Hamilton (Angela), Mora, NM; Joseph Beach, Austin, TX; Tom Oates, Church Creek, MD; Rosemary Bauer (Bob), Landenberg, PA; Susan Oates, Ardentown, DE; and John Oates, Norristown, PA. Great-grandchildren include Declan, Aine and Niamh Geoghegan; Paloma Hamilton; Robert Hamilton Bauer; Emmett Michael Dwyer; and John Tae-Soon Oates.

A memorial service will be Saturday, Oct. 6, at 11 a.m. at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 158 W. Norris Road, Norris. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the St. Francis Playground Fund, P.O. Box 29, Norris, TN 37828.

At a later date, Mrs. Hamilton's ashes will be scattered in the family plot at Old City Cemetery, Palestine.
Published on October 2, 2018
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Andrea Callaway Jones
Oct 03, 2018
I am so sorry to hear about the death of Frances. I have fond memories of Frances,Lester, and their family -- especially in the Herald-Press days. Praying for peace for you, Franny, and your family.