Verda Bennett Hamilton, age 96, of Battletown, KY passed away January 12, 2021, at Indian Creek Healthcare in Corydon, IN. Born on November 21, 1924, to the late Floyd and Eunice Padgett Bennett, she was raised in the northernmost part of Battletown, known as Big Bend.
Upon successful completion of 8th grade at the Peckinpaugh School of Paradise Bottom, she went on to attend Meade County High School. After graduating Verda joined the rest of her family in Chicago where her father had temporarily relocated as part of the war effort. By day she worked at General Electric X-Ray Corporation which had been converted to a defense plant. By night she studied for her mail correspondence courses through Western Kentucky University.
By 1944 the war had caused a shortage of teachers. That coupled with Verda’s excellent scholastic record led superintendent James R. Allen to extend an invitation for her to begin teaching through an emergency certification. During her tenure, she taught at the one-room Peckinpaugh, Cedar Flat, Mint Spring, and Oolite schools. She also taught one year at the old Brandenburg Elementary, and at Battletown Elementary. In 1965 she moved on from her much-loved career with the Meade County Board of Education to take a job with the United States Postal Service. She delivered on the Star Route - which encompassed the Wolf Creek and Little Bend communities – until her retirement in 1990.
As a child, Verda was a member of Blue River Island Baptist Church, where she was Baptized in 1938. She was also a faithful member of Cold Spring Baptist Church, Battletown for many years. She spent the last two decades of her life as a member of First Baptist Church, Brandenburg. She put God above all and loved her church families as she did her own. Her countless hours of mission work, years of service in Vacation Bible School, and decades spent as a Sunday School teacher stands as a testament to her unwavering faith. She taught that while we should always strive to do right, God loves all his children and offers forgiveness to those who seek it.
Among other accomplishments, Verda was a Kentucky Colonel, and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
In addition to her parents, Verda was preceded in death by her husband Ernest Allen Hamilton, her sons Joe Mac Hamilton and David “Ham” Hamilton, her brothers Cecil Bennett and Kenneth Bennett, and sister Glenda Counterman.
Verda is survived by her sister Doris Mangin, her daughter Barbara Dee Moore, and her daughter-in-law Kay Hamilton. Grandchildren Brian Joseph Hamilton, Sarah Kay Dukes, Lucas Hamilton Moore, and Zane Allen Moore. Great-grandchildren Clinton Browning Hamilton, Levi Forrest Hamilton, Samuel Jewell Hamilton, Cadence Rebecca Dukes, Zackery Cole Moore, Gunner Allen Moore, and Rock Wyatt Moore. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews whom she loved deeply.
Due to the terrible toll the pandemic has taken on our family it is our desire to remain safe and protect the safety of our friends. It is, for this reason, we will have a private service.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to one of the following:
First Baptist Church Missions/Outreach
149 Lawrence Street
Brandenburg, KY 40108
Battletown Community Park
P.O. Box 73
Battletown, KY 40104
Online condolences may be made at www.bjsfunerals.com.