Wendell Willis Hamil 64, of Paris, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at his residence. Graveside services will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, July 14, 2018, at Manchester Cemetery with Bro. Duane Hamil officiating. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home.
Wendell was born October 7, 1953, to Willis Hill “Bud” Hamil and Daisy Nell Turk Hamil in Paris, but lived in the Manchester Community until the passing of his father, then he moved to Paris to live and be raised by an aunt and uncle, Dorothy and Leelon Hamil.
Wendell attended Crockett Junior High School and was a graduate of Paris High School in 1973 where he played football, basketball and ran track. He was a very good athlete. He was a member of the Bible Camp Cowboy Church, where his cousin, Duane Hamil, preached and baptized him.
Wendell began his career in high school as a Forklift Driver (High Stacker) at Campbell Soup and went on to use his expertise to become known as “Captain” while working at Kimberly-Clark in the 1980’s and early 1990’s. He also worked at Estes Chemicals. His favorite job was being a real Cowboy, working on the ranch and riding his horse, Festus.
Survivors include his three sisters, Linda Strickland of Powderly, Judy Jamar of Paris and Lydia Caudle of Paris; two brothers, Durrell Hamil of Powderly and Bobby Hamil of Garland; one aunt, Dorothy Hamil of Manchester; nieces and nephews, Christa Brown, Dustin Strickland, Tony Webster, Shelby Jamar, Kelli Luna, Rusty Hamil, and Shannon Allen and several other nieces and nephews; a host of extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Willis Hill “Bud” Hamil and Daisy Turk Hamil, one sister, Margaret McEwin; two brothers, Robert Hamil and Welford Hamil; and his uncle, Leelon Hamil.
Online condolences may be made to the Hamil family by visiting www.fry-gibbs.com.