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Bobby Hamlin, Sr.

January 28, 1931 — November 15, 2013

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VILLE PLATTE It is with the heaviest of hearts that the family of Bobby Coach Max Hamlin, 82, announces his passing from this world to be with his Savior in the next. He passed away peacefully, his beloved family at his side, Friday, November 15, 2013 at his home in Ville Platte. A Funeral of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday, November 18, 2013 at First Baptist Church of Ville Platte with burial to follow in Gates of Heaven Cemetery, Rev. Kevin West will officiate.
A devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and mentor, Max leaves behind his beloved wife of twenty five years, Toni Furr Hamlin of Ville Platte and his children: Bobby Max Hamlin, Jr. and his wife, Shelley, Gladney Ardoin Hamlin and his wife, June, both of Ville Platte, Susanna Marie Hamlin and her husband, Mike Bass of Beaumont, TX. and Leah Nell Powell and her husband, Rick of Houston TX. He will be deeply mourned by his two stepdaughters: Ashley Aguillard West and her husband, Douglas of Mandeville and Amy Aguillard Avants and her husband, Mitchell of Jarreau. He was blessed with seventeen grandchildren: Bobby Max Macky Hamlin III, Joseph Joey, John, William, Matthew and Jonathon Hamlin, Richard Fontenot, Leslie Underwood, Emily Rutherford, Sarah LaFleur, Catherine Faucheux, Reg, Ross and Rhys Davis, Caleb Avants and Austin and Alex West. He was further blessed with twenty three great grandchildren they were truly the light of his life and his greatest joy.Coach will also be fondly remembered by his two brothers: James Jim Hamlin and his wife, Gloria of Bartlesville, OK. and Samuel Sam Hamlin and his wife, Marva of Enid, OK. His memory will forever remain in the hearts of the countless young students he both inspired and motivated to be all that they could be he was a kind and fair leader, coach and friend.
Bobby Max Hamlin was born on January 28, 1931 in Woodward, Oklahoma but made his way to his beloved Louisiana when was recruited to play football for Sacred Heart of Ville Platte from then on his love for the game was to be a constant in his life. Max was a valuable member of one of last six man football teams. He was a proud member of the Sacred Heart Class of 1949 and went on to be inducted into the Sacred Heart Hall of Fame. Max served his country with great honor, courage and pride in the United States Army from 1952 through 1955. He then went on to graduate, in 1956, from the former Southwestern Louisiana Institute of Liberal and Technical Learning, now known as the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He coached the Ville Platte High School Bulldogs to a record setting undefeated season and proudly led them to a victory in the 1965 Pony Bowl. Coach then moved into the administrative side of the education system serving as Assistant Principal of James Stephens Elementary School and in 1973 moved into the administrative office of the Evangeline Parish School Board. After dedicating a good part of his life to the education of the children in Evangeline Parish he retired in 1987 as Assistant Superintendent. Following his retirement, Max continued to serve his community as Executive Director of the Ville Platte Chamber of Commerce. In his precious spare time he loved to practice the art of woodworking and he most certainly excelled in the craft his works are treasured keepsakes.
He will now reunite in Heaven with his parents Edgar and Mary Pounds Hamlin and ten brothers and sisters they surely await his arrival with open arms and joyous hearts.
At the request of the Hamlin family, visitation will be held at Ardoins Funeral Home of Ville Platte beginning at 4:00 P.M. Sunday, November 17, 2013 and will continue until 10:00 P.M. that evening and resume at 8:00 A.M. Monday morning and continue on until the time of the service.
Family and friends may view the online obituary andor send words of comfort to the Hamlin family at www.ardoinfunerals.com.
All arrangements have been entrusted to Ardoins Funeral Home of Ville Platte, 3373632181.

Visitation


Ardoins Funeral Home
709 W. Main St.
Ville Platte, LA  70586
Sunday, November 17, 2013
4 PM to 10PM 8AM Monday

Service


Funeral of Christian Burial

First Baptist Church
W. Main St.
Ville Platte, LA  70586
Monday, November 18, 2013
11:00 AM

Cemetery


Gates of Heaven Cemetery
Ville Platte, LA  70586
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