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November 27, 1943 – August 16, 2023

Mr. Robert Lee Hamlin, better known as “Ham”, of Waverly, VA, departed this life on Wednesday, August 16, 2023, at Bon Secours Southside Medical Center. He was born November 27, 1943, to the late Joseph Buddy Smith and Rebecca Hamlin Woodley.

Robert received his education in Sussex County. He was a retired employee of Sussex County as an Environmental Inspector. He was a member of Piney Grove AME Zion Church where he actively served on the Board of Christian Education, Steward Board, Co-Chair of the Trustee Board, Men’s Ministry, Choir and was the Director of Evangelism until his health declined.

He always expressed that the word “FAMILY” meant a lot to him and always expressed how much he loved his family. Robert was an avid Washington Commanders (Washington Redskins) fan.

Robert was preceded in death by his siblings, Dorothy Vaughan, Earl Brooks, Sr., Charles H. Smith, Donald Brooks, Sr., and Ernest Smith; great-grandson, FeQuon Stith and best friend, Winford “Wink” Lewis.

Robert leaves to cherish his memories: his children, Anthony Hamlin (Robin) of Chesterfield, VA, Angela Hamlin of Waverly, VA, Yolanda Wyatt of Henrico, VA, Phillip Clary of Surry, VA, and Shannon Johnson (Erica) of Dinwiddie, VA; stepdaughter, Tina Johnson of Newport News, VA; god daughter, Demetrice Wilkins of Waverly, VA; his forever sweetheart, Juanita Wyatt; siblings, James Brooks, Sr. of Waverly, VA, Lorraine Grimstead of Chesapeake, VA, Celestine Grant of Washington, DC, Juanita Revish of Petersburg, VA, Doretha Johnson of Ivor, VA, Sarah Barrow (Bill) of Waverly, VA and Leon Smith of Petersburg, VA; fifteen grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews; devoted friends, Bill Barrow, Leroy Pierce, Robert “Billy Buck” Johnson, Tommy Jackson, William “Buck” Ricks and DD Perry.

The family would like to say, “THANK YOU” to the staff of Bon Secours Southside Medical Center for taking care of our beloved father. We appreciate all the love shown by those who took the time to call, text and visit us during this time.

Services will be held 1:00 P.M., Saturday, August 26, 2023, at First Baptist Church-Wakefield, 217 S. County Drive, Wakefield, VA, the Rev. Dr. Jerry Parham, Pastor, eulogist and Pastor Cheryl Spencer James, officiating. The interment to follow at First Baptist Church Cemetery, Waverly, VA.

The family will assemble at 122 N. Beaverdam Road, Waverly, VA on the day of the service.

J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment, Inc., 102 South Avenue, Petersburg, VA, (804) 732-8911, watch the funeral services live online at