Funeral services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 21, 2011, at the Tabernacle Baptist Church, for Christopher Wayne Hamilton, 21, who passed away Monday, May 16, 2011, in Eunice. The Rev. Wes Bygel, of Lubbock Baptist Temple, and the Rev. Jerry Beaver, of Tabernacle Baptist Church, will officiate. Burial will follow in South Park Cemetery.
The family will be receiving friends at Ballard Funeral Home Friday, May 20, 2011, from 5 to 7 p.m. Christopher was born on January 21, 1990, in Roswell, to C.W. and Shawna Hamilton.
His parents survive him at the family home. He is also survived by his brother, Harrison Hamilton, of Roswell; sister, Abby Hamilton, of Roswell; grandparents, Glenda and Virgil Hoogestraat, of Roswell, Tommy and Dana Fowler of Burlington, N.C.; grandmother, Joellen Hamilton of Arkansas, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Christopher was a lifelong resident of Roswell. He was of the Baptist faith and a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church, where he was very active in the church youth group. Christopher graduated from Goddard High School in 2008, where he played soccer. He loved to go hunting and was always good about helping his brother and sister. He was a good â€œBig Brother.â€ Pallbearers will be Kevin Weekley, Sean Benedict, Kennon Crowhurst, Robert Smith, Daniel Taschner and James Collins.
Honorary pallbearers will be Hollis Boardman and Bill Benedict. Memorial contributions may be made in Christopherâ€™s name to: Down Syndrome Foundation of Southeast New Mexico, P.O. Box 4365, Roswell, NM 88202-4365 and Roswell Special Olympics, 605 S. Kentucky, Roswell, NM 88203.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at www.ballardfuneralhome.c om .