Lu Hamlin

Lu Hamlin (Burgess)

Monday, December 10th, 1917 - Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020
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Lucille Burgess Hamlin, 102, died quietly at home on Wednesday morning, April 22. Lu was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1917, but was from the South. Her parents, from Anniston, AL, moved north when her dad, a patent lawyer, began work in New York City. She graduated from Duke, married an agronomy major from NC State, and moved to Rutherfordton for him to work in the Extension Service. They soon began developing a large dairy, Willow Run Farms, now the site of Camp Bud Schiele Scout Reservation. After selling the farm about 1976, they lived south of town.
Her kitchen, where she spent LOTS of time, is where we were advised and consoled while growing up.
Lu loved to sew. After the war years, and into the 90’s, she could get fine material here.
She was also good with numbers. Among other organizations, she was treasurer for the Hospital Auxiliary Gift Shop for about twenty years. She never lost a penny, though she sometimes had to look hard to correct an error.
She served a number of years as a Rutherford Hospital Trustee.
Childhood summers on Martha’s Vineyard created a lifelong fondness for salt water. But, far from the coast, Lu, with an easy and efficient stroke, swam pool laps at Lifestyle well past her 96th birthday.
She had three children, Merrill, Joe, and Newt. Her husband, Joe, died in ’07, son Joe in ’12. Lu had the unusual privilege of having all her family, including six grandchildren and eight greats, along with many friends, celebrate her 100th birthday in December 2017.
Her children and grandchildren are Merrill Carayol, daughter Allyson Breyfogle (Todd); Joe III, sons John (Angela), Josh (Stephanie), daughter Janine; Newt (Susan), daughter Miriam Juzyk (Buck), son Nate.
She was a lifelong member of First United Methodist in Rutherfordton, and loved her church. We will have a memorial service when it’s safe for out-of-state family to travel. The church will announce the date. Crowe’s Mortuary is assisting the family of Lu Hamlin. Online condolences may be made at
Instead of flowers, memorials may be made to Wycliffe Bible Translators, or Hospice of the Carolina Foothills.
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Betty Joe Mathis-Crook

Posted at 06:25pm
Lou was a wonderful person who loved her family, church family and friends without reservation or hesitation! She trusted God to met her every need and he did. She often was praying about a need before the person who had the need realized there was a issue. She shared her love of reading and the simple pleasure of a story told well. She and I never actually met each other in person but we knew and valued each other for more than twenty years. She was my sister's great friend and she and I always share our beloved friends! Lou and I started writing to each other over twenty years ago. We learned to love each other and pray for each other. Her encouragement took me through the death of my husband and many family members. We shared concerns, hopes and dreams in years and years of her beautifully written letters. She was a blessing to me and I am Thankful to God for his gift of this amazing woman.

Kim Henderson

Posted at 10:21am
Mrs. Hamlin was a sweet lady always caring about others. She will be missed by the lives she touched. Prayers for all of her family and friends. Love, Terry and Kim Henderson.

Vanessa Harbison

Posted at 08:09am
Lu glided through the water like a beautiful mermaid. She inspired, encouraged and blessed me to witness her faith and love of the water combined by swimming well into her youthful 90s. Now she’s swimming in Heavenly waters in all her strength and beauty! Amen 🙏❤️

Camille Wheeler

Posted at 11:52am
Mike and I were saddened to learn of Lu's passing. She was a fine and remarkable Christian lady that I knew at church for many years as a positive, inspiring, kind, energetic, faithful person and witness to her abiding faith in Jesus Christ. She was bright and fun to be around and loved her husband, family, and church family dearly. She will be missed here, but I'm sure was welcomed into her heavenly father's loving embrace. Sending love and sympathy to Newt and Susan, and all of Lu's many family and friends.
Camille Wheeler

Cindy Hill Posted at 05:38pm

I knew Lu from working in the church office for 15 years. She was such a special lady. I always loved to just listen to her talk. Her love for her church and family was overwhelming. She will be missed by so many. Cindy Hill

Vanessa Harbison Posted at 08:12am

She was a precious mentor and encourager to many. ❤️

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