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Clarence W. HamlinMarch 4, 1946 ~ September 5, 2017 (age 71)
CLARENCE WALTER HAMLIN, was born on March 4, 1946 to the late Burnie and Virginia Hamlin in Sedley, Virginia.
Growing up, Clarence who was nicknamed "Mallek", enjoyed hunting, fishing and farming on his grandfather's farm. He received his formal education in the South Hampton County School System, where he played football and was known to be an outgoing people person. At an early age, Clarence began his relationship with Christ and was baptized at Union Hill Baptist Church in Virginia. In the mid 1960's he left what he called "The Great State of Virginia" and planted his roots in Baltimore City.
In 1965, he met the love his life and best friend, Audrey Blackston, at Steel and Tin Company. The two were joined in Holy Matrimony in 1972 and from this union God blessed them with three beautiful daughters. His wife and best friend, Audrey preceded him in death.
In April of 1969, Clarence obtained employment at Bethlehem Steel, in Sparrows Point, Maryland. "Ham Bone" as he was called by his co-worker, spent 40 + years working as a crane operator, tin mill operator and strand operator, officially retiring in July 2011.
On April 3, 1983 Clarence rededicated his life to Christ, joining the Israel Baptist Church, through Christian experience under the leadership of Pastor Harlie W. Wilson, II, whom he considered a friend from his hometown. While attending church, Clarence became an active member joining the Usher Board, Men's Ministry, Outreach Ministry, served with the Mission Ministry and was ordained a Deacon in January 1985. He enjoyed attending Sunday School, Bible Study, Vacation Bible School and Prayer Services, with his wife by his side.
Although he was pretty laid back, when he wasn't at work, Clarence enjoyed spending time at home with his family. He took pride in making sure his lawn was always immaculate and cooked the best fried chicken, homemade gravy, pancakes and navy beans. He enjoyed watching football, basketball, a good western every now and then and chillin with Marcus and Tim. "Pop-Pop" as he was affectionately called by his grandchildren, loved being the driver for many of their summer road trips or any trip that required highway driving. He would often be seen at the barbershop with his four grandsons in tow. He shared a special bond with each of his grandchildren and his eyes lit up whenever they were in his presence.
Clarence was a gentle but strong man, with a big heart and an infectious smile. He always worked hard to provide for his wife, children, grandchildren and anyone that needed a helping hand.
On September 5, 2017, God saw that it was Clarence's time to complete his Christian journey here on earth, and begin a new journey in his eternal home. Although he will truly be missed, it brings comfort to know he will be united with Christ and reunited with his Audrey and granddaughter Kellsie.
Clarence leaves to cherish many memories: three daughters, Talese Moore, Adrienne Brooks and Ericka Hamlin; one son, Bryant Hamlin; two sons-in-law, Tim Brooks and Marcus Moore; one devoted brother, William Hamlin; three sisters, Barbara Temple, Lillie Mae Lucas and Carolyn Marie Everette; five brothers-in-law, Edward Everette, Kodjoe Lucas, Harry Blackston Sr., Linwood Blackston Sr., and Joseph Blackston Sr.; four sisters-in-law, Patricia Blackston, Celeste Hamlin, Barbara Jones and Barbara Blackston; seven grandchildren that he adored, Kayla Glenn, Keith Glenn II, Kameron Glenn, Marcus Moore II, Gabriel Moore, Talan Brooks and Ava Brooks. A host of cousins, nieces, nephews other relatives and friends, as well as a devoted home caregiver of five years. Rose Robinson.