Riley Funeral Home

402 West Main, Hamilton, TX


Joe Dalton

September 8, 1933March 20, 2020

Joe C. Dalton, age 86 of Hamilton died March 20, 2020. Joe was born on September 8, 1933 in Purvis TX, to Elder Len and Mollie Lou Wells Dalton. Joe was raised in the Hamilton area and married Wanda Nell Jackson on July 14, 1953, with his father Elder Len Dalton holding the Rites of Matrimony. In 1966 Joe and Wanda started Dalton Drilling Service to serve the Hamilton County area. He was a local pilot for 15 years, a member of the Hamilton Volunteer Fire Department for 25 years and helped with all of the County Fire Departments services. Joe was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Hamilton and loved to spend time with his coffee friends and hanging out at the Hamilton Airport. He is survived by his wife Wanda Dalton, son Tom Dalton and wife Robbie. He is also survived my numerous nieces and nephews. Joe had longtime special friend Keith Curry, and special adopted sons, Howard Pierson, Steve Watson, Keith Allen Curry, Darryl Marwitz, and Scott Lee that he claimed as his own. The Family wishes to thank the Bluebonnet Hospice care, and nursing staff. Donations can be made to any of the Hamilton County Volunteer Fire Departments.


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Karol Adams-Cozby

March 23, 2020

My dad, Robert Adams, was deeply sadden to hear of the passing of Mr Dalton. As water well drillers and lovers of flying, they had much in common. Daddy recalls fond memories of dropping by the house “just to sit and visit with Joe and Wanda”, sharing many cups of coffee over conversation at the airport, and flying around Ireland and picking out the places they’d known for years. Daddy always said Mr Dalton was a great man. He will be surely missed.