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Obituary

Clara Price Hamilton, affectionately called Sister Babe by her brothers Nathan
and Samuel, was born February 15, 1922 to the late Nathaniel and Louise Price
in Laurens, South Carolina. Clara died peacefully in her sleep on September 5,
2009 at Crescent Cities Center, Riverdale Park, MD.

Clara grew up in Washington, DC where she attended DC public schools,


graduating from Dunbar High School in June 1941. In September 1942 she
married George Mason Hamilton, Sr. Their union was blessed with three
children, George Jr., Sharon and Brian, all of whom were born on the 14 th of
their respective birth months. Clara was preceded in death by her brother
(Samuel), son (George, Jr.) and granddaughter (Sarita Quionones).

After working for 30 years for the Federal Government, Clara retired from the
Department of the Army in 1979. She was a faithful, dedicated and loving
member of St. Philip the Evangelist Episcopal Church for over 50 years. Clara
remained active until her health failed. She especially enjoyed singing in the
choir; members of the choir affectionately called her “Mother Superior”. In
addition to singing she enjoyed rendering volunteer services at the Washington
Episcopal Center for Children; serving as an active member of the Washington
DC Chapter Union of Black Episcopalians where she served as the Amenity
Secretary; being active with the Episcopal Church Women; and was an active
member of the St. Philip’s Alter Guild.

Clara enjoyed playing card games, especially Bid Whist and Tonk, at family
members’ gatherings. She became a member of MRS (a club of married ladies)
in August 1944 where she enjoyed different social activities, including overnight
trips at Long View Beach and Columbia Beach on the Chesapeake Bay. She
loved to travel and did so until her health prevented her from traveling.

Clara leaves to cherish her memory her daughter Sharon Harris (Stanley), one
son, Brian Hamilton (Gloria), one brother Nathan Price (Helen), sister-in-law,
Josephine Price, ten grandchildren – Angela Akinpelu (David), Sheryl Harris
(Derek), Kevin Hamilton (Carla), Karla Richardson (Rick), Sharla Hamilton,
Arthur Davidson, Jr. (Demetria), Tara Williams (Cedric), Arianne Hamilton; 14
great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren, a host of nieces and nephews,
extended relatives and many, many friends.
Order of Service
Opening Sentences…………………………………………………..BCP pg. 491
Hymn ~ “The Strife Is O’er”………………………........…..……….AAHH #227
Collects…………………………………………………...…….BCP pg. 493-494
Liturgy of the Word
Old Testament Lesson (Sharla Hamilton)...……………….Lamentations 3:22-26
Psalm 121 (Andrea Sams).………….……………………………….BCP pg. 779
New Testament Lesson (Karla Richardson)…….………Romans 8:14-19, 34-39
Hymn ~ “O Sacred Head”.................................................…………..AAHH #250
Obituary (silently read)
Words of Remembrance
Episcopal Church Women
St. Philip’s Church Choir
Union of Black Episcopalians
Family and Friends
Hymn………………………………………...…………AAHH #431, (verse 1-2)
The Gospel……………………………………………..……………John 6:37-40
Hymn………………………………………...…...………AAHH #431, (verse 3)
Homily………………………………………………………………Father Lewis
The Apostle’s Creed…………………………………..…………….BCP pg. 496
Prayer of the People……………………...………………………….BCP pg. 497
The Peace
Special Anthem ~ “It’s Well With My Soul”.......……………..St. Philip’s Choir
Holy Communion…………………………………..………………..BCP pg. 361
The Lord’s Prayer………………...…………………………………BCP pg. 364
The Breaking of the Bread……………..……………………………BCP pg. 364
Communion Hymns
“Let’s Break Bread Together”………..……………………AAHH #686
“There Is A Fountain Filled With Blood”…………...…….AAHH #257
The Commendation…………………..…………...…………………BCP pg. 498
Blessing and Dismissal…………………………..………………….Father Lewis
Recessional Hymn ~ “For All The Saints”………………………….AAHH #339
I Am Free

Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free.


I’m following the path God laid for me;
I took his hand when I heard him call,
I turned my back and left it all.

I could not stay another day


To laugh, to love, to work or play;
Task left undone must stay that way,
I found that peace at the close of the day.

If my parting has left a void,


Then fill it with remembered joy;
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
Oh yes, these things I, too, will miss.

Be not burdened with times of sorrow,


I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life’s been full, I savored much;
Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch.

Perhaps my time seemed all too brief


Don’t lengthen it now with undo grief;
Lift up your heart and share with me;
God wanted me now, he set me free.
Pallbearers
Kevin Hamilton Derek Cryer

William Ables Michael Harrison

Phillip Proctor Burton Wheeler, Jr.

Acknowledgements
The family of Clara Price Hamilton wishes to thank you for your expressions of
love, acts of kindness, concern, sympathy and support during our bereavement.
We will cherish always your thoughts and prayers. May God continue to bless
all of you.

Interment
Fort Lincoln Cemetery
Bladensburg, MD

Repast
Immediately following the interment, the family will receive friends at

St. Philip the Evangelist Episcopal Church


Sunburst Room
2001 14th Street, S.E.
Washington, DC 20020

Funeral arrangements entrusted to Halls Brothers of Washington, DC