Mary Louise Hamlin, 86, of Malvern died Tuesday, Sept. 11, at her home. She was born in Hatfield on Oct. 23, 1925, to the late James T. Davis and Rosa Henson Davis.
Moving with her family to Malvern at an early age, she received her education locally and was active in school sports, playing softball and basketball. She also loved to water ski. A working mother, Mary was employed by the local textile mill, the shoe plant, and by Chamberlain Door, from which she retired in 1991. She was a member of Third Baptist Church, where she sang in the choir and worked with the youth.
Mary never met a stranger, she was a friend to all and was devoted to her family.
Mary was also preceded in death by a brother, J. T. Davis
She is survived by her husband, Ray Hamlin of Malvern, to whom she was married on June 18, 1949, in Malvern; a daughter, Cheryl Vanwinkle of Benton; a granddaughter, Lindsey K. Vanwinkle of Little Rock; two grandsons, Scott E. Vanwinkle of Benton, and Steven K. Vanwinkle of Arkadelphia; and a sister, Bessie Lock of Malvern.
Her funeral will be 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14, in the sanctuary of Third Baptist Church with Dr. Rick Grant and Tom Strike officiating. Interment will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Larry Walker, Harold Lock, Dean Lock, Mike Hollingshead, Gary Cooper, and C. M. Phillips.
Honorary pallbearers are: Dr. Bruce Burton, Dr. Bruce White, Dr. Steve Greer, and the hospice staff.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at J. A. Funk Funeral Home in Malvern.
Memorials may be made to the Pleasant Hill Cemetery Association, in care of Rick Norwood, 234 West Pine Drive, Malvern, AR 72104.
Online guestbook: jafunkfuneralhome.com.