“Junior” George Lyle Hamilton, Jr. “Junior” and “Pappy,” age 65, passed peacefully at his home near Jewett, Thursday morning, Aug. 20. Born July 21, 1950 in Dennison; he was the son of the late George Lyle Hamilton, Sr. and Audrey Crall. George graduated from Scio High School in 1968 and started working at the Scio Pottery. He went on to work at Y&O Coal Nelms #2 Mine in Hopedale, Regalware in Wooster, American Steel Foundries in Alliance and finally at Minteq in Dover. He retired from Minteq in 2009 and spent his time enjoying his family and especially his grandchildren. George was a devoted member of St. James Lutheran Church in Jewett where he helped with the food pantry and Helping Hands Ministries and attended Monday morning Bible study. He was also a member of the United Mine Workers and the United Steel Workers. In his youth, George was an enthusiastic Boy Scout. As a scout he learned swimming, archery and canoeing and he carried his interest of these throughout his life. His love of being in the water led to his attaining his SCUBA certification in 1974. He also enjoyed leather working and being outdoors. He was happiest when sharing his years of experience and passing on his wisdom with his family. George especially cherished playtime with his grandchildren. He seldom met a stranger and if he did they didn’t remain a stranger for very long. He is survived by, loved and deeply missed by his wife Sherry V. Thomas, whom he married June 1, 1974; daughters Amanda (Joe) of Toronto and Elaina (Dustin) of Jewett; grandchildren Jensen and Lyla and siblings Hazel Charlene Eddy, Shadra (Shady) Taggart, Laura Jean Taylor, Lena Mae Wallace and Rick Schupp. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister Elouise Dale. In keeping with his wishes he will be cremated and a memorial service will be held Sunday, Sept. 13 at 3 p.m. at St James Lutheran Church in Jewett. Koch Funeral Home, Scio has been entrusted with his arrangements. Any memorial contributions are appreciated by the family and may be made to Sherry Hamilton, c/o Citizens Bank, 318 E Main St., Jewett, Ohio, 43986.
Democratic Committee supports HH bond levy
HARRISON COUNTY – On Monday, Aug. 17th, the Harrison County Democratic Central and Executive Committee unanimously adopted a resolution endorsing the passage of the Harrison Hills Bond Levy of 4.98 mils. The committee is comprised of elected persons from each township in the district and the democrat county wide officeholders. In addition the committee also encourages the Harrison Hills City School Board, if the levy is successful, to adopt policies and guidelines that would allow for local skilled trade men and women and our local products and materials to be utilized in the construction of the new facility. In other business, tickets were handed out to members for the annual Jefferson Jackson Dinner to be held at Franklin Museum on October 15th at 6:30 p.m. A committee was selected to work with a caterer and for seating and table arrangements. Ted Strickland will be the keynote speaker with State Senator, Lou Gentile sharing remarks also. Discussion was also held on the current vacancy in the County Coroner’s office. An acting coroner (Dr. Porsche Beetham) has been appointed by the county commissioners. The Committee took no action on the matter and will discuss again at next month’s meeting which will be held in conjunction with the Lakeland Democrat Women’s fall picnic on Sept. 14th at the Moorefield Township Community Park.