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 William Ables Phillip Proctor Derek Cryer Michael Harrison 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

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