Carol Gene (Reaves) Hamilton

June 14, 1944October 3, 2021
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“Truly, truly, I say to you, the one who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.” John 5:24 NASB. Carol Gene Reaves Hamilton, 77, passed from death into eternal life on Sunday, October 3, 2021. Carol was born in Conroe, Texas on June 14, 1944, to AE Gene and Norene Reaves.

Carol attended schools in the Conroe Independent School District and graduated from Conroe High School in the class of 1962. She enrolled in Southern Nazarene University, Bethany, Oklahoma, to pursue a degree in music education and was awarded a Bachelor of Music Education degree in May 1966.

Carol had a gift and love for music and taught elementary music for thirty-three years before retiring from Conroe Independent School District in 2002. She taught at Anderson Elementary and BB Rice Elementary in Conroe, TX. She was an educator who loved her students and encouraged each of them to achieve and explore the many opportunities and challenges of learning.

Carol was a strong woman of her Christian faith. She was active in her church and worked in all areas of the children’s ministry including a Sunday School teacher and worker in Vacation Bible School. She was an avid student of the Bible and enjoyed attending her weekly Bible Study Fellowship meeting to learn, discuss, and apply the truth of the Scriptures to her life. She was a member of The Woodlands Methodist Church and the Perspectives Bible Study class.

She was a faithful servant in her church music programs including church pianist and organist. Carol was a gifted piano player with a gentle touch and notes full of emotion. She accompanied congregational singing, church choirs, soloists, and singing groups. She participated in many Christmas and Easter Cantatas and other programs over the years. Her love of music was also present in her personal life where she taught private piano lessons to children or adults that wanted to learn piano. She enjoyed working with the Conroe Symphony Orchestra as a board member and marveled at the abilities and commitment of the symphony volunteer players.

Carol is survived by her husband of fifty-five years, Dr. Jim Hamilton; daughter Lisa Horton and husband Dean of Pueblo West, CO and their three children, Jonathan Dean Horton and wife Shawndra of Pueblo, CO, Nicole Hiratuka and husband Vinicius of Madison, MS and Brandi Horton Day of Rye, CO; daughter Lori Henry and husband Travis of Waxahachie, TX; Granddaughters Tessa Grace Henry and Sophie Anne Henry; Brother, John Reaves and wife Connie of Conroe, TX; nephew Scott Reaves and wife Kari of Conroe, TX; niece Susan Reaves Chapel and husband Chris of Conroe, TX; Great-niece, Avery Reaves; Great-nephews, Lane Reaves, Cooper Chapel and Hudson Chapel; a large family group of an uncle, Steve Hampton, and cousins of the Hampton Family and the Reaves Family.

Honorary Pallbearers: Chris Chapel, Travis Henry, Dean Horton, Kendall Moseley, John Reaves, and Scott Reaves.

The family will receive friends and family from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 7, 2021, at Cashner Funeral Home, 801 Teas Road, Conroe, TX 77303. A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, October 8, 2021, 2:00 p.m., at Cashner Funeral Home, 801 Teas Road, Conroe, TX with Dr. Keven Wentworth officiating. Interment and graveside service will be at Pearl Cemetery, Pearl, TX on Saturday, October 9, 2021, at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, please give the Gift of Life by donating blood in honor of Carol to the local blood bank or to MDAnderson Blood Bank, 2555 Holly Hall, Houston, TX. You may also donate in memory of Carol to Bridges for Peace, PO Box 410037, Melbourne, FL 32941; Conroe Symphony Orchestra, 1500 N. Frazier Street, Conroe, TX 77301; Pearl Baptist Church, 5685 CR 139, Gatesville, TX 76528, or the charity of your choice.


  • Dr. Jim Hamilton, Loving husband of 55 years
  • Lisa Horton and husband Dean, Daugher and Son-in-law
  • Lori Henry and husband Travis, Daughter and Son-in-law
  • Jonathan Dean Horton and wife Shawndra, Grandchild and wife
  • Nicole Hiratuka and husband Vinicius, Grandchild and husband
  • Brandi Horton Day, Grandchild
  • Tessa Grace Henry, Grandchild
  • Sophie Anne Henry, Grandchild
  • John Reaves and wife Connie, Brother and Sister-in-law
  • Steve Hampton, Uncle
  • Scott Reaves and wife Kari, Nephew and Wife
  • Susan Reaves Chapel and husband Chris, Niece and Husband
  • Avery Reaves, Great Niece
  • Lane Reaves, Great Nephew
  • Cooper Chapel, Great Nephew
  • Hudson Chapel, Great Nephew
  • Alarge family group ofcousins of the Hampton Family and the Reaves Family, other relatives and a host of friends also survive.

  • Chris Chapel, Honorary
  • Travis Henry, Honorary
  • Dean Horton, Honorary
  • Kendall Moseley, Honorary
  • John Reaves, Honorary
  • Scott Reaves, Honorary


  • Memorial Visitation

    Thursday, October 7, 2021

  • Celebration of Life

    Friday, October 8, 2021



Carol Gene (Reaves) Hamilton

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Gayle Curry

October 12, 2021

I just heard about Carol's passing and wanted to let the family know how much she has meant to me and my children. She was their music teacher in the 80's at BB Rice. Mrs. Hamilton made their music experience so much fun and we all have wonderful memories of the programs during their elementary education. I am so thankful and blessed to have known Carol for so many years. We enjoyed BSF together and I always looked forward to seeing her around town. She always greeted me with her beautiful smile and a warm hug.

John Moseley

October 6, 2021

I write this message with a song in my heart.

Carol came to me in a dream on Monday night. I remember that while I was dreaming, I marked, or made note that I wanted to recall my experience. So many times I have dreams that I fail to recall.

In my dream I was walking in an English Garden along a tall hedge. The garden was pretty, not ominous , and yet I was seeking something. Then, I came to a vaulted opening in the hedge where there was a pathway leading to the beyond. A bright light, not so bright that you could not look directly at it, but a subdued brightness like a sunset, illuminated the portal.

As I was taking this in, Carol appeared by my side. She did not walk through the portal, I didn't see her coming, she just appeared. I remarked " Carol!" and she smiled. I was captured in Love. Warmth, Grace, Transparency, and security, was emanating from her, surrounding us. We stood there for a while. I was speechless, then she motioned to the light coming through the portal and said. " Isn't it beautiful?" I said " uh huh". We stood for a while, with tears streaming down both of our eyes then she moved from me towards the portal and walked into the light.

I share this with you all, because the essence of her being was that of a Godly Grace. Subsequent to this dream, I now operate in a different manner in this world because of my experience in Love. I am not afraid of this world, because the all encompassing Love that Carol lived out is with me today.

In Love,

Victor Uher

October 6, 2021

An extraordinary music teacher and person who made a positive difference in the lives of thousands of students. A true professional whose musical gift made learning fun and interesting. She will be missed.

Becky McAfee

October 6, 2021

Carol was a kind, compassionate person who truly cared for others. She was always willing to help in any way possible and did so without seeking personal recognition. What a blessed gift from above she shared with so many of us while here on earth. Precious memories will be with those of us at Armstrong Elementary who were privileged to observe Carol's loving face as she listened to her beautiful daughter, Lisa, sharing her amazing voice on our music programs. Praying for God to hold her family in His everlasting arms for strength, peace, and courage during this time.

Loy Holloway

October 6, 2021

Carol was such a gentle soul, and I feel my life was blessed to have known her. She had a wonderful way with children. The plays she orchestrated at B. B. Rice still touch my memories. She was a joy to work and volunteer with at Rice. She made an indelible impression on my daughter, for which I will always be grateful.
I know she is and always has been in God's hands.

Peace and love to all her family.

Alisha Biedrzycki (Brown)

October 6, 2021

Mrs.Hamilton was my music teacher at B.B. Rice Elementary School from Kindergarten-4th grade (1980-1984). She was an excellent teacher, and she made learning so much fun! I can remember how I’d get so excited when I knew it was music day, and I would get to see Mrs. Hamilton!

When we reflect back on our past teachers, there are certain ones that make an impression on our lives. She was one of those teachers for me. She was loving, caring, nurturing, and always so positive. I honestly can’t remember a time when she wasn’t smiling! Mind you, this was over 40 years ago, and my memories of her are still very vivid!

I feel extremely blessed to have known this amazing lady, and to have been blessed by being one of her students. I truly believe her presence in my life as a child, instilled most of my love for music and singing throughout my life. I’m forever thankful that I knew her, and how she’s touched so many lives in so many ways.

I’m sending my deepest condolences to her family, and I will be praying for you all during this difficult time. May God bless you all with His divine peace and comfort. She is definitely singing with the angels in heaven, and is getting to worship God in His presence.

With all my love,

Alisha Biedrzycki

Kimberly (Lisenbe) Babcock

October 5, 2021

Mrs. Hamilton was my first music teacher. I have always loved singing, and Mrs. Hamilton was always encouraging and was by far one of my favorite teachers of all time! I am so sad to hear of her passing. However, I know she is currently singing with the angels! Blessings and prayers for her family!

Billie Strickland

October 5, 2021

It was a joy to get to know Carol when she attended our Adelphi Sunday school class at First United Methodist Church where Jim taught us for awhile. Carol occasionally graced us by playing the piano. Carol will be missed. She is no longer suffering, but is now at peace with God.

Chris Curtis Forcier

October 5, 2021

Carol was such a joy to work with at Rice Elementary. She did an outstanding job as our music teacher, playing piano and directing plays that were always spectacular.
I loved being around Carol. She always had funny stories to share laughing right along with us. She had such a strong faith that was inspiring.
I will miss Carol, but I know she is at peace in God s loving arms celebrating being reunited with her family and friends.

Love and prayers,
Chris Curtis Forcier

Annette Spikes

October 5, 2021

My heart is sad to learn of Carol's passing. She was the kind of friend that was a friend from the time you knew her. I enjoyed working with her on several occasions, especially with the Conroe Symphony. She was one of those persons that you wanted to emulate her kindness and sincerity. She will be remembered and she will be missed. Thank you for sharing the wonderful pictures with us.
Annette Spikes