Age: 21

Date of Death: November 2, 2018

Place of Death: Three Rivers, MI

Service Details

In accordance with the family’s wishes funeral services will take place at Bethel Baptist Church, 17852 S. River Rd Three Rivers, MI 49093 on Saturday, November 10, 2018 with visitation hours from 11 a.m. until the time of service beginning at 1 p.m. with Pastor Tony Bennett, Rev. LaChanuj Shelton, and Pastor Gordon Adair officiating.

Interment will take place following the service at Riverside Cemetery of Three Rivers, MI.

Obituary Notice

Elijah Jawan Hamilton, age 21, passed away on November 2, 2018 in Three Rivers, MI. He was born on November 15, 1996 in Sturgis, MI the son of Kevin and Ericka (Wright) Hamilton.

He was a graduate of Three Rivers High School Class of 2015.  In high school, Elijah participated in basketball, student council, TRAM (Three Rivers Area Mentoring), and was the Vice President of the graduating class of 2015. Elijah played for the travel basketball teams, ACB Bank Hoops and Elite Skills. Later, he was an assistant coach for Elite Skills. His hobbies included fishing, hunting, hanging with friends, and collecting/working on his antique muscle cars. After high school, Elijah attended Glen Oaks Community College. While at Glen Oaks, he was a member of the basketball team as number 44, worked in the fitness center, and began to grow a passion for weightlifting. From there, he transferred to Western Michigan University majoring in Sports Management and minoring in Marketing. During his junior year at Western, he developed a clothing brand called ‘Hammer Apparel’. He started marketing his brand through his many friends, family, and social media. Recently, he created an online store with Triple Creek Shirts and More, in Three Rivers, Michigan. Because he has always wanted to help people through his positive messages and words, in January of 2018, he created a YouTube channel under ‘Hammer Apparel’. His goal was to inspire and encourage whoever was in need of an uplifting message.

Elijah was preceded in his passing by his Great-grandfather: Ralph Humes Sr. and his Grandfather: Frank Wright Jr.

He leaves to cherish his loving memory his parents: Kevin and Ericka (Wright) Hamilton; sister: Amaya Hamilton; grandparents: LouElla Hamilton, Jacie Hamilton, and Barbara Humes; great-grandma: Geraldine Humes; and uncles: Jeff (Tiffany) Wright, Frank Wright, and Peter (Zolona) Hamilton.

Additional Information

Memorials made in Elijah’s memory may be made payable to American Foundation for Suicide Prevention or (AFSP). Envelopes will be available at Hohner Funeral Home and Bethel Baptist Church.

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  1. My heart goes out to Elijah’s family. I mourn the loss of your beloved son. Please know God knows all things and understands your pain. It is my sincere prayer that God will give you peace in your quiet moments and comfort to replace your grief. The Bible promises that one day we will be reunited with our dead loved ones again. John 5:28,29 assures us, “Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs (the grave) will hear his voice (the voice of Jesus) and Come Out…” Until then, may these words give you hope and bring you peace.

  2. Right now, when your loss is so fresh, it may be difficult for you to imagine that this pain will ever go away. But in time the blessing of God’s unfailing love will soften the hurt you’re feeling and bring your heart the peace, comfort and hope that it needs to heal. How? Revelation 21:4 tells us that soon everything that causes us pain, including death, will be gone forever. We also have the hope of our loved ones being resurrected here on earth, as Acts 24:15 tells us. I do hope you find comfort in this.
    Though I did not know your loved one, I am touched by your loss. Please accept my sincere condolences.

  3. Elijah was a student in my public speaking course at Glen Oaks Community College in 2016 and he was one of those students who brought an amazing light to the class. His sense of humor, personality and dedication to his academic performance will truly be missed. I am sad to hear that the world lost this amazing young man far too soon.
    He spoke so highly of his family and friends and Glen Oaks was lucky to have him on our campus. My heart hurts for all who loved Elijah.

    Michelle McNamara
    Glen Oaks Community College
    Communications Faculty

  4. Dear Ericka and family, I just found out about your son. Although I didn’t know him, I have fond memories of you in school as well as your brothers. It sounds like Elijah had those family traits as well. May you find peace and comfort in the love of family and friends that surround you. Kris Ayers

  5. Kevin, Ericka, Amaya, Uncle Jacie and Aunt LouElla

    We are so very sorry for your loss and send our sincerest condolences. We will continue to keep you all in our prayers. We send you peace, love and light.

    Mrs. Jamila Barnes (Hamilton), Lakia Oliver (Hamilton) & Naomi Robbins

  6. To the Hamilton family I am so sorry for the loss of your wonderful son Elijah. You are in my prayers and we all have lost a wonderful young man. Both of my sons, Joe and Chris Balog, knew him from school and enjoyed his friendship. When Chris told me the news he said that Elijah was the nicest person he has ever known. You raised a kind and caring son and he will be missed. But I know he is in the loving arms of Jesus and they are both smiling down on you.

  7. Dear Ericka and Kevin:
    Please know that my heart is broken, and that you and the rest of the family are in my prayers. Elijah
    accomplished so much, and leaves behind a life of smiles and pride. May the fact that he had a spirit of giving
    and serving- along with a playful nature, bring some strength and comfort.

    Dr. Margaret Hale-Smith

  8. I never had the pleasure of meeting Elijah, but know Brandy, Von, Mitchell, and other friends/family of his from Three Rivers. I will be keeping you all in my thoughts. I’m so sorry for your loss and hope his memory is a blessing to you. There are no words adequate – so many of us are holding you in our hearts during this time.

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