Mae Hester Gafford (Fitch) Hamlette
June 21, 1946 to September 29, 2020
Mae was born June 21, 1946 to Stephen and Mattie Gafford of Appomattox, VA. She was one of 13 children. Her parents and four siblings (Samuel, Kenneth, Welton, and Rebecca) have preceded her in death. Surviving siblings are James (Loretta), Hazel, Frances (Raymond), Pauline (Carson), Eleanor, Inez, Maxwell and Stephen (Glenda). She attended Carver-Price school in Appomattox, VA. Mae was employed at several factories. However, illnesses plagued her until her death.
Her first marriage was to Woodrow Fitch, Jr. (Deceased). Mae’s second marriage was to Larry Edward Hamlette. This union lasted for 32 years. Larry was a dedicated husband. Mae was a loving mother of five children; Juanita, Roselle (Thomas), Michelle, Wilbert, and Cyteria. Additionally, she was a proud grandmother (7) and great-grandmother (9). There are a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and other relatives who will also continue to cherish her memory.
At an early age Mae was baptized. Her faith in God was a very important part of her life. During her illness, her faith in God kept her strong. She was not afraid of dying. One of her favorite scriptures was the 23 Psalm.
King James Version
1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
Visitation will be held at the Bruce and Stiff Funeral Home chapel, Saturday, October 3, 2020, 1 to 5 pm. Social distancing and facial masks are required for both services.
Graveside service will be held on Sunday, October 4, 2020, 2 p.m. at the New Jerusalem Baptist Church Cemetery, 14287 Richmond Highway, Appomattox, VA 24522
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