Macie Leona Hamilton was born to Nelson and Zettie Norman Wolford on August 1st, 1944, the name Macie means “Gift of the Lord”. The meaning of her name was well suited to her as Macie was a humble and faithful servant of God and Member of Gooslin Bottom Church. She prayed fervently for her family and anyone in need of prayer. She was also a precious gift to her family and all who knew her with her warm demeanor and positive attitude no matter the tribulations she faced. She kept God first and her family encouraged to be faithful in Jesus, the power of prayer and God’s promise of heaven.
In 1964 she married Denton Hamilton; she loved him from the moment she first saw him, she said. Together they had three children—Aletha (Aaron) Fields, Allen and Roy Hamilton all of Phelps, Kentucky. She also raised her two granddaughters like they were her own, LaTosha (Hamilton) Ratliff and Katie (Hamilton) O’connor. She was a proud homemaker and loved holidays and cooking big meals for her family. So many lessons and laughter would be found in her kitchen learning how to stuff a turkey, or how to make the perfect slush cake, which was her signature dish that she was famous for. She made the holidays have that extra bit of sparkle and magic. She instilled in her family the true meaning of every holiday and the importance of having a grateful heart.
There was nothing like getting a bucket of KFC and going to the Chimney Top picnic area in the Smoky Mountains to Macie. She found a peace and presence of God there that she talked about often. She loved nature and she really loved the beauty of Cades Cove. She took her grandkids on many picnics to Jenny Wiley and Archer Park, too. She loved birthday parties and family reunions in the bottom with her sisters—Ethel, Ruth, Loretta, Myrtle, Helen, Juanita, and their families. She made it to the birth of every great grandbaby that she could, she loved babies. She loved all people and creatures alike; Macie’s dog Lucy has been her constant companion for 16 years. She loved the flowers and trees in her yard and always made sure the birds had plenty to eat; she had the kindest and most giving heart.
Besides her husband and children, Macie leaves to mourn her loss, one sister, Myrtle Combs. One sister-in-law, Shirley Fields, whom she thought of as a sister. Two brother–in-laws, Ralph and James Hamilton and a host of nieces and nephews.
Macie dearly loved all of her grandchildren; Aaron Matthew (Andrea) Fields, Lyndsey LeShea Fields, LaTosha (Peyton) Ratliff, Katie (Tyler) O’Connor, Shyanna (Steven) Fields.
Great Grandchildren; Blake Hager, Ian Hager, Maggie Fields, Greyson Fields, Colton Ratliff, Maicy Ratliff, Asher O’Connor, Sage O’Connor, Salem O’Connor.
Macie finally received her ultimate reward on November 4th, 2021, while inpatient at the University of Kentucky Medical Center. She gained her wings and went to walk the streets of gold with the Lord. Although her family and friends miss her, we are blessed with sweet memories, amazing recipes and we rejoice in the thoughts of her reuniting with her family and sisters in heaven.
The family will accept visitors beginning Monday, November 15, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. at the Jones & West Chapel in Phelps, Kentucky. Funeral Services will be Tuesday, November 16, 2021, at 1:00 P. M. with Pastor Benny Freeman officiating. Interment will follow at the Wolford Family Cemetery in Phelps, Kentucky. Arrangements are under the direction of Jones & West Funeral Home. Our guest book may be signed at www.joneswestfh.com.