July 11, 1913 ~ February 17, 2008
Syble Nicholson Hamilton, of 1526 Patton Avenue, Asheville, died Sunday, February 17, 2008, at her home.
Mrs. Hamilton was born in East Flat Rock, the third of nine children born to Ziffie and Belva Allison Nicholson. She graduated from East Flat Rock High School and obtained her secondary education and certificates from the Educational Institute of the American Motel and Hotel Association and from the State of North Carolina Department of Community Colleges Vocational and Technical Division.
In the late 1920's, Syble and her late husband Woodrow opened Hamilton's Grocery and General Merchandise in Enka, which Syble successfully operated while her husband was away in the war in Germany. In 1950, the couple built and opened the Hamiltonian Motel on Patton Avenue, which is still in operation as the Hamiltonian Business Park.
Syble was a true pioneer, helping to pave the way for women in business in Western North Carolina. She was a strong force in the Asheville business community for many years. She had the honor of being the first female president of the Asheville Tourist Association, a position she held for four of the twenty plus years she was a participating member.
For over 40 years Mrs. Hamilton was a devoted member of Abernethy United Methodist Church in West Asheville.
In the last months of her life, Syble was lovingly cared for by her dedicates nurses, Shelly, Diana, Loretta, Bebe, Pam and Mitchell from The Hands of Mercy home health staffing agency.
Syble is survived by her daughter, Kathy Hamilton of Asheville; her sister, Phyllis Nicholson Childrey of Chase City, VA; and by her dear companion, her dog Stubby. She was preceded in death by her husband, Woodrow and her brothers, Edward, Z.A., Clifton, George and Preston Nicholson and her sisters Velma Bane and Awa Edney.
Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home with the Rev. Dr. Buddy Corbin officiating. Interment will follow at Oakdale Cemetery, Hendersonville.
In lieu of flowers, donations maybe made to CarePartners Hospice, PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813, or to Abernethy United Methodist Church, 1418 Patton Avenue, Asheville, NC 28806.
thinking about you and again so sorry i was late getting this info.
i will pass on as time goesby, i have already been in touch with lisa. she will call, frances says hello and wishes you well. let me know if there’s anything we can do, take care – dawn
We are so sorry to learn of the death of your mother. She was a dear lady and we enjoyed seeing her and you in the dental office. We know you will miss her terribly.
We are sorry we missed her service on Thursday as we were out of town. We send our sympathy and prayers to you.
Dr. David and Edna Becker
I recently learned of Syble’s passing. She was a close friend of my Aunt Margaret Hughes and I remember her well. She was a dear person and I have many pleasant memories of her. Please accept my sympathy at this late date.
thinking of you in this time of sadness.syble looked so much like my mother. ann hill jones
So sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts.
-Jo, former branch manager
Blue Ridge Savings Bank
To my dear Kathy,
We spent a lot of time together, you and me, way back when. Your mom was a very special person to me, and I’ll always remember her fondly. You were a wonderful daughter and I know you and your mom were incredibly close. Please know you have my deepest sympathies.
Ilove you Kathy…the world was blessed to have someone like Syble…I only wish I could have had more time with her..
So sorry for your loss. I just wanted to let you know that I had been without a car since Nov. and had been struggling with a rental for the past months. I said I could’t afford a car payment at this time and just wanted to find something and pay straight out for it. Well on Feb. 7, my friend and I were coming from Canton and had found this beautiful well kept 1985 Fifth Avenue with 43.300 miles and we couldn’t beleive it. Well guess what I got me a car now paid in full. I never met Mrs. Hamilton of course and saw where she passed on 2/17/08. But to make a long story short! I had to read her obituary to see who actually had this car, and I want to let you know that this car will be treasured in her memory because of what I have read she was a good woman, with a caring heart. So I will always have an idea of the lady who took care of her car as she did everyone else.
Kathy, Our families have had years of memories. The fun that your mom and my mom had as friends and of their traveling together left a legacy of how to have fun in later life. The stories they gave us will live long into the next generation. You are in our thoughts as you privately say farewell to your best friend in life … Syble. We will miss Syble’s insights, interest in others, and, most of all, her hugs.
May God bless and keep you during this time.
Total Waste Services
Kathy, I was very sorry to hear of your mother passing away. Syble was a great lady in every way.I am thankful for the many years you had with her. My thoughts and prayers are with you now and always.
I was very sorry to hear of Mrs. Hamilton’s death. I would like to extend my heartfelt sympathy to her daughter, who cared for her with such love and dedication.