Jean Bankston Hamil

Jean Bankston Hamil, beloved wife of Ray Hamil and cherished mother of Larry, Danny, Timmy Hamil and Linda Hamil Orwig flew from this world to her eternal home on Saturday morning, Dec. 15 at the age of 93 with family members by her bedside.  Jean was a lifelong member of the County Line Community. She had fought a valiant battle with dementia and Alzheimer’s for the last decade, but never lost her sweet and joyful spirit.

Jean spent her long life living out the Christian creed of loving the Lord with all her heart and her neighbors as herself.  She could light up a room with her sparkling smile.  To know her was to love her and there was no doubt, if she knew you, she loved you.

She spent her years in serving others through County Line Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School for 45 years; but her ministry did not stop within the walls of the church.  She spent a lifetime showering love on those around her.  There was no one too sick, too old, too young, too rich, too poor to benefit from her mighty love which usually showed up in the form of homemade chicken pie, chocolate cake, home grown flowers and fervent prayers.  She had a way of seeking out those in need and finding unique ways to care for them.

She also spent her years loving and caring for her cherished husband and children and grandchildren.  She created a grand life for each filled with joy, excitement, and adventure.  She spent time in her vegetable and flower gardens, created beautiful clothing, wrote poetry, and cooked up the most delectable meals.  She lived life abundantly.

She is preceded in death by her parents Clay and Vema Rhodes Bankston, her brother Kenneth Bankston, her sister Ruby Bankston Posey, and granddaughter Melanie Hamil.  She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Charles Ray Hamil; her children, Larry Hamil (Kathy) of Union, Linda Hamil Orwig (Bob) of Dahlonega, Ga., Danny Hamil (Beverly) of Pass Christian, Miss. and Timmy Hamil (Jeanna) of Houma, La; her sister, Joan Bankston Richardson, of Union; her brother, Stafford Bankston, of Batesville, Miss., as well as nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Funeral services are scheduled at County Line Baptist Church at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20 with visitation 45 minutes prior at the church. Rev. David Jay and Rev. Bobby Barfoot will officiate.  

Romans 8:28 – “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to his purpose.”