Juanita Lytton Hamilton, age 97 of Richlands, Virginia, drew her last breath on this earth on Thursday, January 9, 2020 in Grundy, Virginia at Heritage Hall assisted Living.
She was born April 26, 1922 in Coeburn, Virginia and was the daughter of the late Charles P. Lytton and Leona McReynolds Lytton. Juanita was a devoted and loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend.
Juanita married her love, Bill Hamilton, who was a navy man. They moved to Maryland where Juanita went to work at Lockheed-Martin factory as a “Rosie Riveter” during the war. She helped to produce tanks, ships, planes and other material during World War II. As the song went, “She’s making history, working for victory, Rosie the Riveter.” After the war, they returned to the Bradshaw, West Virginia area and settled down to raise a family. Bill went to work in the mines and Juanita became a devoted homemaker. She enjoyed raising flowers, especially petunias and tulips, and when asked how she grew such beautiful petunias, she replied, “I give then haircuts.,” but no one ever knew exactly what that meant. She grew a few vegetables, especially tommy toe tomatoes. She was quite often referred to by her family, as the energizer bunny, especially when you took her shopping to Lowes, Roses, or her favorite, the Dollar Tree. Even as a elderly lady, she would get her buggy and zoom away, leaving her family to try and catch up with her. Juanita was known for being feisty, speaking her mind, and telling it like it was, if your feelings got hurt, oh well, the truth is the truth. She was the last surviving member of her family and had spent most of her life in the surrounding area.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Bill Hamilton; daughter, Brenda Smith; son, Larry Hamilton; sister, Trula Evans; brothers, Ernest Lytton and Cecil Lytton; son-in-law, Dr. E.K. Whitley, Jr.
Those that remain to cherish her loving memory and carry on her feisty spirit are her:
Doris Smith and husband, Brooks of Tazewell, VA
Sue Whitley of Iaeger, WV
June Horn and husband, Don of Raven, VA
Grandchildren, Cathy Eady, Michael Smith, Scott Lowe, Melissa Evans and Lori Hensley.
Great grandchildren: Patrick Lowe, Joey Eady, Baron Smith, Nathan Evans, Tyler Evans, Jim Hensley, Tom Hensley and Mick Hensley.
Great-great granddaughter, Austyn Eady
Special friends Tyler Davis and Leanna Shelton at Heritage Hall Therapy, her neighbors, Bill Jackson, Greg and Judy Connelly, Peggy Addison and Darlene Christian, and to her dear friend and roommate at Heritage Hall, Daisy Burke.
The funerals service for Juanita L. Hamilton will be conducted at 3:00 pm on Monday, January 13, 2020 at the Hurst-Scott Funeral Chapel in Richlands, Virginia with the Rev. Rod Tkoch officiating. Entombment will follow a the Clinch Valley Memorial Gardens Mausoleum in Richlands, Virginia. Friends and family will serve as pallbearers and friends may begin calling at the funeral home on Monday at 1:00 pm until time of service.
Hurst-Scott Funeral Home in Richlands, Virginia is in charge of arrangements and expressions of sympathy may be made online at www.hurstscottfuneralhomes.com.