March 10, 1926 - August 12, 2016
Robert Lisle Hamilton, 90, passed away August 12, 2016. Born March 10, 1926, in Palmer, Texas, “Bobby” was very drawn to world events and followed all activities of the Allied Forces during World War II while in high school. On a wall map in the local Palmer Post Office, he tracked Allied movements and victories for local residents. This map became quite the conversation piece for town locals and anyone who came to the post office to pick up mail, buy stamps, or mail packages. In 1943, at the age of 17, he joined the U.S. Navy. After basic training in Chicago, he transferred to Norfolk where he was assigned to the U.S.S. CORE CVE 13, an Escort Carrier class ship, whose primary assignments involved patrolling the North Atlantic to search for and destroy German U-Boats. Honorably discharged in 1946 as Photographer’s Mate, he returned to the North Texas area. In 1948, he met and married Rosemary Merritt of Dallas, and they had two children. During this time he worked for Sherwin-Williams Paints in the credit department and later became Assistant Vice President at Mercantile National Bank in Dallas where he retired in 1983. After leaving the bank, he owned self-service carwashes and then became a home builder in the Waxahachie area – something he had always wanted to do. He is survived by his loving sons, Scott Hamilton and wife Barbara of Rowlett; Phil Hamilton and his wife Joan of Dallas; two grandchildren, Justin Hamilton of Venice, CA and Jordan Hamilton of Portland, OR; sister Lynn Runnels and her husband Norman of Hot Springs, AR; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife Rosemary in 1983, wife Patsy Jane Connor Hamilton in 2003, and two sisters – Freddie Cox of Palmer and Hazel Eskridge of Arlington. A private family service will be held at the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to HonorFlightDFW.org.
Arrangements are under the direction of:
ARIA Cremation Service & Funeral Home
10116 E. NW Highway
Dallas, Texas 75238