Dr. Buford Lindsay Hamilton, Jr., 84, of Statesville, passed Sunday, December 2, 2012 at his home. He was born November 28, 1928 in Sahiwal, Pakistan to the late Dr. Buford Lindsay Hamilton, Sr. and Frances Pressly Hamilton, missionaries to Pakistan for 42 years. His grandfather, Dr. James Hearst Pressly was pastor of The First ARP Church of Statesville, NC for fifty-four years. Dr. Pressly’s daughter, Frances, was the missionary.
He was educated at Woodstock American School located in the Himalaya Mountains. He graduated from Erskine College, attended UNC Chapel Hill briefly, and the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. At Erskine, he was President of the Euphemian Literary Society. Dr. Hamilton received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He also served in the US Army Service in the medical Corps at Fort Sam Houston. He was a lifetime member of the American Medical Association and member of the St. Andrews Society (The Patron Saint of Scotland). During his college years he sold Britannica Encyclopedias.
On December 29, 1962 he married Dorothy Bell in Pakistan where he served in Bahawalpur State to all classes of people in the BWP medical clinics.
In addition to his parents, Dr. Hamilton was preceded in death by a brother, Dr. James Hamilton and two sisters, Jane Lowry Hamilton and Katherine Hamilton Barnhouse.
Survivors include a son, James (Nanette) Hamilton; three daughters, Jane (Jeff) Edwards, Mary (Brian) Mosier, and Margaret (Andy) Haynes; and ten grandchildren: Kara, Rosie and Nathaniel Hamilton; Kyle and Ryan Edwards; Christian, Katherine and Meredith Mosier; Landon and Jake Haynes; and by a sister Mabel Hamilton McGill.
Dr. Hamilton was a member of First ARP Church and was teacher emeritus of the Pressly Bible Class. He continues to contribute to World Missions and has a long ancestral enthusiasm for supporting World Missions.
Dr. Hamilton accepted the calling to be a medical missionary foreign and domestic, which he described as a glorious and thrilling adventure and thanked all his clients for their faithfulness and loyalty. He loved the native people and that love was returned greatly. Born in Pakistan, he grew up with the native children and learned their language before he learned English. His patients were from all classes but he had a special compassion for the poor, needy and oppressed. Dr. Hamilton’s work was successful.
On October 9, 1977 he married Mary Katherine Dahmer, who always was a faithful helper. A special friend and mentor was (Miss Josie) Mrs. Earle G. White.
He enjoyed traveling and described the ultimate trip as his visit to India, Nepal and Tibet and saw where the Dali Lama used to reside; and flew over Mount Everest two times. Other sites visited were the Pyramids and Sphinx and Great Wall of China. He enjoyed trekking in the Himalaya Mountains and was interested in the Snow Leopard Conservancy. He also traveled to the Holy Land, Australia and Alaska.
Dr. Hamilton loved horses and believed that Secretariat who set records for all Triple Crown events was the greatest horse of all time. He also enjoyed following Alabama football.
Because of his love of family and history; he authored three books: The Hamiltons of India and Pakistan; The Spirit of 212; and Dr. James Hamilton. These books detail the lives and spirit of his missionary parents; his grandparents, Dr. and Mrs. James H. Pressly who lived at 212 East Broad Street, and his brother, the late Dr. James Hamilton of Charlotte, a pediatric surgeon.
Dr. Hamilton loved classical literature – especially Shakespeare, Alexander the Great, Marco Polo and Ghengis Khan. In addition to Scripture he was known to quote Shakespeare and Latin phrases. Classical music was his favorite and he also enjoyed the great traditional hymns.
Dr. Hamilton was interested in tree farming and owned tree farms in New Hope, Iredell County and Wilkes County.
The extended Hamilton-Pressly family has a tradition of annual reunions at Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. And being from Asia Dr. Hamilton supplies the pyrotechnics and cannon fire.
Dr. Hamilton has always counted on the PROMISE – which has never failed “Lo I am with you always.” St. Matthew 28:20
A memorial service will be conducted at 2:00 PM Saturday, December 8, 2012 at the First ARP Church with Rev. Phillip McCoy and Rev. Robert Sherer officiating. Honorary pallbearers are members of the Pressly Bible class. The family will visit with friends following the service in the Bride Deaton Parlor at the church. Burial will follow at a later date.
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