Frank & Bright Funeral Home

« Return to Obituaries | Print

Mike Hamilton

veteranAug 2nd, 1948 - Dec 22nd, 2022

Funeral Ceremony: 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 3, 2023, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home

Interment: Elmwood Cemetery, Flora

Visitation: 6 until 8 p.m. Monday evening at the funeral home  


        Michael E. Hamilton Sr., age 74, of Flora, Illinois, passed away Thursday, December 22, 2022, at his home.

        He was born August 2, 1948, in Flora, the son of Earl E. and Mildred (Neff) Hamilton.

        Mike joined the U.S. Army at age 19 and served from 1967-69, including a deployment in Vietnam.  He later served in the Air Force and the National Guard.  He was hired during the opening of the Centralia Correctional Center and went on to retire after a career as a correctional officer.  He also worked for Independent Builders and Jeff’s Auto, and held a longtime interest in cars and motorcycles.  He was a talented craftsman, and enjoyed building decks and projects, small log-cabins, creating string art, working on puzzles, and collecting trains.  Mike was of the Christian faith.

        He is survived by a son: Michael E. Hamilton Jr. of Lugoff, South Carolina; a daughter: Amber (Kevin) Nix of Salem; a stepdaughter: Tammy (Scott) Meyer of Mt. Vernon; 4 grandchildren: Noah Nix, Christian Hamilton, Chelsi Hamilton, and Aracely Meyer; 2 great-grandchildren: Gus and Ava; siblings: Ava Siterlet of Springfield, Trudy (David) Koontz of Flora, Greg (Deanna) Hamilton of Flora, and Kim (Shari) Hamilton of Flora; special friend: Beverly Hamilton of Salem; and many nieces and nephews.

        He was preceded in death by his parents.

        A funeral ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 3, 2023, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora.  Interment with military funeral honors will follow in Elmwood Cemetery, Flora.  Visitation will be 6 until 8 p.m. Monday evening at the funeral home.  The preferred form of remembrance in lieu of flowers are donations to the Clay County Cancer Crusaders, and these will be accepted through the funeral home.  To share a condolence or memory, visit:


Julie Cates

Mar 13, 1958 - Jun 20, 2024

Jake Ray

Jun 22, 1977 - Jun 17, 2024

Jo Jo Miller

Apr 2, 1962 - Jun 16, 2024

Walker Stoltzfus

Jun 10, 2024 - Jun 15, 2024

Lucy Helm

Dec 14, 1922 - Feb 2, 2024




Michael & Kayla Anderson

December 23rd

Prayers & Peace to Family. Loving memories!

Gary Kittle

December 23rd

RIP my ole friend

Sharon David

December 24th

Prayers for the family.

Walterene. And family

December 24th

So very sorry God bless all the family and friends..

Bud and Linda Martin

December 24th

Trudy, Greg, Kim and Families: We are saddened to hear of Mike’s passing. So sorry for your loss. Please know that y’all are in our thoughts and prayers.

Troy Thomas

December 24th

Thoughts and prayers to the family. Mike was one of a kind and a special person to my whole family!! Always had a good time matching sarcasm with him. Rest in piece buddy!!!

Stephen McLaughlin

December 24th

My dear friend, you’re going to be missed beyond measure. I tried calling you today, because I still couldn’t believe you were gone. At out age we’re no longer surrounded by friends, because so many have already passed on, but it was hard to hear it was you this time. Pat and I always enjoyed your visits and I looked forward to our next jaunt down the interstate, but it was not to be this time. I pray for the Lord’s blessings on your family as they deal with your loss. From a swabbie to a pounder, fair wind and following sea.

Doug and Nancy Mills

December 24th

RIP in peace Mike. Prayers to the family

Sandy Thomas

December 24th

Mike will be missed by me and my family. He always enjoyed all the meals I fixed for him. He really enjoyed visiting with my kids and grandkids too. Rest in peace ❤️

Larry and Donna Milner

December 26th

So sorry for your loss, gone too soon, he was a good man. Prayers for the family.

Bill Waller

December 25th

I am very sorry for your loss and I will miss having coffee with him at the shop

don karen ruston

December 27th

Loved Mr, Mike, he was a great guy. prayers to the family!!

Berdella R. McGrew

December 27th

So saddened to hear this news. Such a special part of my high-school life. I will remember you always, Mike.

Jim and Judy Mann

December 27th

So sorry for your loss. All of the Hamilton family are very special to our hearts. Prayers for peace and comfort during this painful time.


December 27th


Paula Rector (Hill)

December 27th

Sorry for your loss

Tom & Angie Tolliver

December 27th

We are so sorry for your loss, sending our love and prayers.

Sue Hampsten

December 27th

May you Rest In Peace. May God wrap His arms of love around you. Dennis and Sue Hampsten

Woods Meryl

December 27th

So very sorry for your loss my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Rick and Sherry

December 27th

We are so sorry for your loss. Mike was a great neighbor and friend. We will miss him.

Walter J. Chaney

December 28th

Thoughts and prayers! Condolences to the family!

Donna & Pat Corry

December 28th

Dear Kim and family, We are so sorry for your loss. It was always fun talking to Mike. He was a nice guy. Praying for peace and comfort for his loved ones. Love, Donna & Pat


December 28th

To all of you Hamilton kids I give my deepest sympathies. I’ll be thinking of you and hoping for comfort in your loss.

Betty (Patterson) and Duane Bryant

December 28th

So many of our generation! Rest in peace, Mike! We will all meet again some sweet day! Prayers for all the family!

Rhesa Eckelberry

December 28th

Sorry for your loss

Tom Owen

December 28th

So sorry for your loss. I worked with Mike for years. I pray you find peace and comfort in this time of sorrow.

Brenda Ragan

December 28th

So sorry for your loss. Prayers for all of the family.

Lawrence & Debbie Fitch

December 28th

We are so sorry for the passing on of your brother Mike. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time.

Lori Timmons

December 28th

I’m so sorry for your loss! Thoughts and prayers are with you all! May God grant you much comfort and peace during this difficult time!

Rick and Trudy Zimmerman Stanford

December 28th

We are so sorry to hear Mike's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. ❤️

shelby davis

December 28th

mike was a good friend we worked at north american lighting he was always at car shows

Shelby and Jennifer Davis

December 28th

Our hearts go out to the family of this fine man....Sending hugs and tons of prayers for their healing!!

Mary Reynolds

December 28th

My console to the family 🙏

Milton & Judy Smith

December 28th

Prayers be with you and your family.

Terry Igert

December 29th

We are very sorry to hear about Mike! We always enjoyed his company at family thing!!! We are praying for you all!!!

Betty Tucker Simmons

December 28th

My buddy for many years, now has gone on to see those that have gone on before him. R.I.P. Mike

Pam (Glassford) Smith

December 29th

So very sorry to hear of Mike's passing. Praying for peace and comfort for his family and loved ones. RIP, Mike.

David Stanley

December 29th

I am gonna miss Mike. No matter where we were, in IGA or Wal-Marts' grocery area or another business around Flora, he always asked "how are you?" And, he always put up with me and we would stand around for more than a few minutes and discuss local stuff and the worlds' problems. A very nice, smart & genuinely friendly guy.

Beverly Hamilton

December 29th

Will miss you Mike! I guess I thought you would live forever!

David C. Brown

December 29th

We are so sorry for your loss. I can see Mike and Arch back together having the best of time.

Jack and Freda Stanfield

December 31st

We are sorry to hear of Mikes death, Prayers to the family.

David Lewis

January 3rd

Hello friends. I am so sorry to hear about Mike, my good neighbor. You all have such a wonderful family. With love and prayers, Dave Lewis

Jane Jones Smith

January 3rd

Such a nice guy. Looks like he had a very nice life. Prayers for the family.



Randy & Lisa
Dave and Linda Thompson
Gale & Liz Beard
David Bryden
Diana & Greg Rutland
Parvin and Carolyn murbarger
Lisa Carter
Yancey& Lori Glassford
Neal & Janet Fehrenbacher
Steve & Diana Sessions
Mike and Kathy Kitley
Barb Williams
Peggy Coble
Larry Frost
Casey & Deb Eastin
Ray, Shannon & Shad
Phil & Jane Henson
Gary and Sherrie Kittle
Jill and Jim Fehrenbacher
Jane Jones
Ella Burgess
Brenda Miller
Randy and Peggy Borcherding
Gary and Terry Lane
Jim and Linda Grove
Jerry and Mary Ellis
Angelia,Artdean Warren& family
Glenda Cooper
Lisa Erbacher
Les and Stacy Higgason
Don., Jane and Darren Delaney
All 70's Reunion
Class of 1972
Debbie King Casell
Steve McLaughlin
Sharon David
Don and Mary Smith
Lowell&Brenda K Showalters
Kenny & Sherrie Sessions
Norman Philli[ps
Wayne Eastin & Diane Johnson
David and Sue Burt
Micheal W. & Kristal G. Engelmeier
Joe and Brena Blanchard
Walterene and family
Jhan and Haley Coble
Mike & Deb McKinney
Bruce & Nannette Richards
charlie sailer
Renae Brown & Cheryl Hampton
Casey &Debra Eastin
Troy and Sandy Thomas
Doug and Nancy Mills
Ray and Ginger Williams
Brent & Marie Headlee
Tom & Yvonne Winters
Bud and Linda Martin
FTHS Class of 1970
Margaret Liggett
Steve and Carol Oestreich
Don and Ruth Ann Lusk
Duane and Tessie Stanley and family
Bob and Beth Hilliard
David and Diane Hemphill
Larry and Sue Kramer
June Payne
Frank & Norma Hargis
Tom Pemberton
Bill and Linda Waller
Galen & Neoma Gill
Diana & Greg Rutland
Judi Hardy Wenck & Steve Hardy
Brian & Tina Pieplow
Kevin and Linda Ray
debbie yates
Mike Krutsinger
Matthew & Mandy Hargis
Bill & Jill McDonald
Ed and Rita Guinn
Bruce & Robbin Dickey
Esther Walker
Brenda Bullard
David Eastin & Family
David & Jencie Thompson
Walt and Doloris Brewer
Joann Stanford
Joe and Sue Martin
Alan & Charlotte Hickox
Bill and Sandi Gross
Christine Hollenkamp
Cindy and Roger Cook
Paul and Anita Fatheree
Donald Fry / Sheery Evilsizer
John & Marla Corry
Mike & Leah Stanford
Troy&Kim Welty
Earl and Sherry Phillips
Carolyn Scott
Ed & Linda Leak
Dale and Sandi Castleberry
Mike and Marcia Genthe
Dan & Cheri Gill
Les & Sracy Higgason
Lou & Beth Sulsberger
Debbie (Thompson) Howe
Elaine Hobbs Wiles
Delbert & Becky Rodgers
Matt, Lindy & Amelia Kohn
Tom & Angie Tolliver
Don and Karen Ruston
Ted & Jackie Richardson
Ginny Ashley
Cheryl McCarty
Myron and Gail Woomer
Tony and Janice Randall
Lisa Carter
Tara Race
Paula Rahn
Woods Meryl
John and Bonnie Britton
Steve and Nancy Mink
Vickie Simpson Class of 1969
Andy Frost and Family
Walter J. Chaney
Dean and Jill Lewis
Dennis and Sherry Sheppard
Pat & Donna Corry
Jesse, Carmen, Jerron, & Jessa Lewis
John and Jene’ Brentlinger
Bonnie Osborne
Randy Wathan
Wayne & Sue Hurliman
Brad Yates
David and Diane H emphill
The Bursott Family
Sam, Erica, and Alyssa Paul
Margarett Cosner
Roger & Lisa Colman
Jeff and Liz Strubhart
Jean Guerrettaz
David and Diane H emphill
Lawrence & Debbie Fitch
Billye Young
Bev Schwaninger
Greg and Donna (Bowen)Hartke
Rick and Trudy Zimmerman Stanford
Rita Noblet Cook
Dana and Janet Franklin
Judy Land
Walt and Doloris Brewer
Jim Woomer
Shelby and Jennifer Davis
Donnie and Kathy Hale
Mary Reynolds
Bruce Cook
Betty Tucker Simmons
Linda Fry
Gary Lagle
Pam (Glassford) Smith
Bruce & Nannette Richards
Dave Welty
Ted and Debbie Thompson
Kevin hudgins
Mike and Glora Beck
Delbert & Sharyn Carter
Susan Schroeder
Ron & Tammie McKinney
Jerry and Norma Kling
Sara Wright
Trudy Hart
Jim Hildebrand
Scott & Donna Hargis
Randy and Donna Payne
Mike and Nancy Taylor, Grayville, Ill
Bruce Lane
Susie & Rick Batchelor
Barb Phillips
Tom. Maggie Simpson
Judie & Bob Powless
Lane & Charlsie Scarbrough
Robert,Leanna Snell & Family
Doug and Becky Krutsinger
Chad & Elizabeth Bayles
Mark &Karen Jones
Mark Dunnigan


Write a Condolence

Share Obituary


Light a Candle

Select a candle tribute and enter your name (or names) below. Click "Light Candle" when completed.

Choose a Candle

Frank & Bright Funeral Home
and Cremation Services

500 North Main Street
Flora, Illinois 62839

Phone : (618) 662-2141
Fax: (618) 662-4600
Email: [email protected]

Receive "First Notice" Updates

Enter your email address below to receive updates when new obituary notices are posted to our website