Eastland Funeral Home & Cremation Service

904 Gallatin Road, Nashville, TN


Teresa Lynn Hamlin

August 26, 1950April 26, 2020

Born in the heart of the Appalachian coal-mining country in Harlan County, Kentucky, in 1950, Teresa moved with her parents to Nashville while she was still young. The family later settled in Cross Plains for many years, and Teresa eventually lived and worked in the Madison area later in life.

Teresa was a literary savant and received her B.A. and M.L.S. from the University of Tennessee. Her love of books was always with her and provided a catalyst for her opening up her own used bookstore, The Book Attic, which she operated for over three decades. She was also a respected and published author.

Teresa did more than just read about the adventures of others. She also loved to travel and create her own stories, as evidenced by her numerous international journeys. She traveled across the globe to Europe, Africa, and beyond. Teresa learned from and appreciated every experience and culture along the way. She also made a marked difference in the lives of many in the Nashville area through her active involvement in several charities that emphasized helping children, those less fortunate, and small business owners.

Teresa is preceded in death by her parents, George and Gene Hamlin. She will be missed by a loving family and a host of beloved friends.

Family and friends will gather to remember Teresa at a Celebration of Life service Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 12:00 at Forest Lawn Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens 1150 S. Dickerson Road in Goodlettsville, Tennessee with Lawrence Clark officiating.


  • Celebration of Life

    Wednesday, May 27, 2020


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Edna Turner

May 27, 2020

Miss Teresa was a fine, kind, fair lady who will be ever in our hearts of memory. I will always remember her sweet welcomes. I know she will give lots of hugs in heaven. We are with you in prayers and sympathy. Edna Turner and the Turner family.

Colline Hise

May 26, 2020

Teresa has been one of my dearest friends for over 30 years. She was the smartest, sweetest person I have ever known. She made a huge difference in my life and I loved her very much. She never asked for anything; she just gave. She had a wicked sense of humor that I loved. Teresa could always be counted on to be there in a time of need without even asking. She and her parents were just good people. I have hundreds of good memories to sustain me - going to the movies and dinner together over the years, working together, laughing, sharing a love of books. Memories are wonderful to have, but I will truly miss Teresa. The world has lost an angel, but they are rejoicing in heaven. I love you, T. ...Book Girl

Lawrence Clark

May 6, 2020

Teresa knew the meaning of friendship, charity, wisdom, loving others, and having a good laugh. I [we] will miss those characteristics, plus other characteristics that others who knew her longer than I.

Julia and Chris Steppee

May 5, 2020

Our hearts are broken as we all go through this very difficult time of mourning! Teresa was very dear to us and spent many years with us celebrating ALL the holidays of each year! Our memories will proceed us as long as we live. We are already missing her calls and presence as we are going through these days!!! She was a very giving and loving dear friend. The Heavens will be welcoming her with open arms and now she can rest without pain or worry as she had here on earth. We love you and miss you very much, Julia and Chris 05-05-20


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