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William James Hamilton

William James Hamilton, age 50, son of Patsy and Richard Hamilton of Paris, KY departed this life on January 3rd, 2024.

He was a graduate of Bourbon County High School. William enlisted in the United States Army and completed infantry basic training at Ft. Benning, GA. Following basic training, William was stationed at Fort Myer, VA, where he served in the 3d US Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), training as an infantryman as well performing ceremonial duties at Arlington National Cemetery. Near the end of his service, William worked as an archivist in The Old Guard Museum at Fort Myer.

William was a lifetime member of Disabled American Veterans.

Following his US Army service, William continued his education at the University of Kentucky and was a passionate learner. He completed Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Philosophy and completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology, completing the final requirements for the degree while fighting his illness.

In addition, he completed minors in Interdisciplinary Arts, Criminology, and Neuroscience. He was also a member of the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, which whom he participated in numerous service activities in the central Kentucky area.
He is survived by his parents, Patsy and Richard Hamilton of Paris, KY and his brother, David Allen Hamilton of Portland, Oregon. Also surviving William are sister-in-law Karen Hamilton, nephew Richard Dylan Hamilton, and niece Samantha Dorothy Hamilton, all of Orlando, FL.

He is also survived by special aunt, Barbara Ormes of North Middletown, KY, and special friend Kayla Kalodny of Toronto, Ontario, as well as numerous cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his brother John Richard Hamilton of Orlando, Florida, and grandparents Mable and Joe Worthington of Paris, KY and Mildred and Ted Masters, of Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts.

William will be interred at an Arlington National Cemetery Columbarium at a later date. Tributes to William may be made by donations to a Hospice organization.

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