Billy Hamblin

WEST POINT – William R. “Billy” Hamlin, 71, passed away on Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle in Columbus. He was born Oct. 29, 1941, in Clay County to Margie Lee Willis and William Rooker Hamlin. He was a butcher, and the owner and operator of Hamlin’s Grocery in West Point for 34 years. He was a member of West End Baptist Church. He was a 1961 graduate of West Point High School and a United States Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. He married Wanda Byrd Hamlin on June 12, 1982, in West Point.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel in West Point with the Rev. R.C. Bryan officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in West Point. Calvert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Wanda B. Hamlin of West Point; three daughters, Alisa Massey (Kent) and Melinda J. Hadley, all of Kissimmee, Fla., and Stacy Riley (Andy) of West Point; three sons, Chris Hamlin (Angela) of Kissimmee, Fla., Alan Easter (Sha) of Becker and Jason Easter of West Point; 12 grandchildren, Justin Hadley, Jamie Massey, Kenterra Massey, Caleb Easter, Danielle Riley, Zachery Easter, Katie Easter, Lacy Riley, Drake Riley, Drew Riley, Madi Easter and Marli Easter; one great-granddaughter, Bella Hadley; two sisters, Mary Emma Hamlin of Panama City, Fla., and Marie Kelley (Olen) of West Point; and one brother, Buddy Hamlin of West Point.

Pallbearers will be Jeff Harlow, Gary Golson, Joe McMillian, Robert Pittman, Mac Steadman and Alan (Abele) Pennington.

Memorials may be made to Sally Kate Winters Home for Children, P.O. Box 1233, West Point, MS 39773; Fellowship Baptist Church, 1491 Frye Road, Starkville, MS 39759; or to the church of your choice.

Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday at Calvert Funeral Home.

Friends may leave an online condolence at

A complete obituary will be published in the Wednesday, Dec. 26, Chickasaw Journal.

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