Obituary for Lincoln Hamilton

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Lincoln Hamilton

September 22, 1960 - May 8, 2012

Lincoln Hamilton, age 51 passed away Tuesday morning,May 8, 2012 at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. He was a life long resident of Morgantown.

Lincoln was born September 22, 1960 in Martinsville to his parents: DeWayne & Esther R. (Kinnett) Hamilton. He was a 1979 graduate of Indian Creek High School. Lincoln was a professional musician performing mainly as the opening act with the Little Nashville Express Band at the Little Nashville Opry from 1975 to 2005. Also during that time, he was the Opry's Vice-President of Operations. After his retirement, Lincoln continued his love of music by playing in local establishments.

He was the loving and devoted son to his mother, Esther R. Hamilton of Morgantown. Lincoln leaves behind a special friend, Dianna Bock of Franklin; aunts & uncles: Ruby & Dale Davee of Mooresville and Mary Roman of Pahrump, NV.

He was preceded in death by his father: DeWayne Hamilton; aunts: Geneva Wiley, Virginia Hamilton & Rosalee Randolph; uncles: Richard, Everett, William & Charles Kinnett.

Lincoln was a 33rd Degree Mason & Past Master with the Morgantown Masonic Lodge #358, being the only 33rd Degree Mason at one time in Morgan County. He was also the Most Alutic Grand Master of the Indianapolis Scottish Rite Valley from 2002 to 2003 and the Sovereign Prince from 2002 to 2004. Lincoln was the Past President of the Morgan County Shrine, member of the Morgantown Order of the Eastern Star, Murat Shrine, York Rite & Scottish Rite all of Indianapolis and the Mt.Zion Church. Lincoln was a fan of the Cincinnati Reds and enjoyed playing baseball in high school. He enjoyed singing, playing his guitar and performing. He also enjoyed playing cards and visiting with friends. Lincoln extends his love & passion for others by being an organ donor.

The Morgantown Masonic Lodge will conduct a Masonic Service at 1:30 pm Saturday at Meredith – Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center,179 E. Mulberry St. in Morgantown. Following the Masonic Service, the Rev. Lee Snider will conduct a funeral service and friends are invited to call from10 am until time service on Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Mt. Zion Cemetery in Morgantown. Following the burial, there will be a gathering for family & friends at the Morgantown Masonic Lodge.

Memorial contributions in honor of Lincoln may be sent to Morgantown Masonic Lodge, in care of, Meredith – Clark Funeral Home PO Box 308, Morgantown, IN 46160.

Expressions of caring and kindness may be sent to the family at

Information: (812) 597-4670


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Born: September 22, 1960
Died: May 8, 2012

Condolences for Lincoln Hamilton

DENNIS COLTART posted on 1/1/00

To the family of Lincoln Hamilton... I'm sure I can speak for many of the members and brothers of the family of Freemasons. Lincon was a valuable member of the fraternity and in my contacts with Lincoln he was always professional and a gentlemen. We as Masons and friends will miss Lincoln and his infectious sense of humor and up-beat manner. "Well done good and faithful are now in the hands of the lord".


The Whites posted on 1/1/00

Esther, this is Josie White, Rita White's daughter. My mom sang at The Little Nashville Opry for over 18 years. Lincoln was a big part of my childhood as I had spent many years in the dressing rooms backstage with Mom & everyone else as they prepared for the night's show. Lincoln was always my favorite. I will forever have in my heart the many people, memories & sounds that were attached to The Little Nashville Opry. Its been a little over 10 years since the last time I was on that stage, but to this day I will never forget standing on the steps backstage, leading to the crowd & Lincoln introducing me to sing a duet with my mom for the very first time. I was only 7 years old. Without him, the experience of having my first singing debut on stage would have been impossible. I will never forget having to personally ask for his permission myself, and the two years after that. I am deeply saddened to learn of Lincoln's passing & my heart goes out to you & the entire family. His talent was something I as a child danced & sang with too many times to count. I'm hoping someone sees this & lets you know of this information being left for you. He will forever be in mine & our family's hearts & greatly missed. Prayers. <3


Lynn Brown-Bumbalough posted on 1/1/00

Esther, This is Lynn Brown from Winchester,IN...I was a season ticket holder for many years at the beloved opry. I just found out about Lincoln and my heart is breaking. My prayers are with you.....I have so very many wonderful memories of the opry and time I spent w/Lincoln. We had some great times and so very many laughs together. Just remember...he is playing that banjo and singing in heaven! My love to you.....


Lynn McClintic Lucas posted on 1/1/00

Esther, So sorry to hear about Lincoln. He was such a wonderful person and musician. He is a big part of my memories of my childhood at the Opry. I picture him sitting around with all the greats that sang and played at the Opry that are also gone on. And there sits my mom, Bertie, Pat and the rest of the regulars listening. You will always be in my thoughts and prayers.


Tammy McClintic posted on 1/1/00

Esther so sorry to here about lincoln he was sweet person and i love to here play and sing at opary. i dont no if u remember me but i am one mae McClintic prayers are with u at this sad time.


David Stout posted on 1/1/00

Esther, I used to mow grass for you and Dewayne at your house and the Opry years ago. I knew Lincoln and talked to him on occasion but never hung out with him. This is so ironic because my mother passed away the same day. I cannot imagine what you are going through losing a child but you have my deepssympathy as


Daylight Court #31 Order of the Amaranth posted on 1/1/00

Lincoln will be missed as a member of our organization.


Stan Kinnett posted on 1/1/00

Aunt Esther, So sorry to hear about Lincoln. My thoughts and prayers are with you especially during this time. Here is a big hug from Florida and may God grant you peace and comfort during these next few days. With much love, Stan and Nikki Kinnett


Stan Kinnett posted on 1/1/00

Aunt Esther, So sorry to hear about Lincoln. My thoughts and prayers are with you especially during this time. Here is a big hug from Florida and may God grant you peace and comfort during these next few days. With much love, Stan and Nikki Kinnett


Darrell Hook posted on 1/1/00

My Brother, you will truly be missed. I remember a long discussion on Masonry at the Crypt Rededication a few years back that ended up with me becoming more involved with the York Rite and the Grand Council. I will miss our discussions and debates, until we meet again my friend.


Marlina (Shaw) Kinser posted on 1/1/00

I'm so very sorry for your loss. Lincoln was a very talented man and I have many fond memories of him. I especially loved to hear him perform "When the Devil Came Down From Georgia". He was a kind and generous friend and will be missed very much. Life passes quickly sometimes and your family is in my prayers and thoughts.


Tina Lane posted on 1/1/00

Lincoln was very loved by all our staff in our office. He was very witty and always had a joke or two to tell us. He will be missed very much by all of us. We wish to express our condolences to his family and friends.





Dorothy & Tammy Moore posted on 1/1/00

The family of the late "Dicky" Moore wishes to send their thoughts and prayers to your family. Dickie so loved playing at Little Nashville and some of our fondest memories come from our time with Lincoln. It meant the world to us when he came to Dorothy and Dicky's 50th wedding anniversary. May the lord comfort your family in your time of loss.


Janet Anderson posted on 1/1/00

So sorry to hear about Lincoln. In case you don't recognize my name, I am Jean Fowler's daughter. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time.


Mark and Samantha Fowler posted on 1/1/00

Esther....please know how sorry we are to hear of Lincoln's passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless....Mark and Samantha Fowler


petie stewart posted on 3/20/17

i was hoping to track Lincoln down, so i went to facebook, couldnt find him, so did a google search hoping to find him, and came across this and my heart fell, it broke my heart,i am almost sick over this, RIP friend, PS, my Shriner papaw Hank Stewart sure got a kick out of you,