Popular educator Phil Hamilton will return as soon as he can
The library at Seymour Middle School was filled with laughter, love, and more than a few tears Friday afternoon April 2 as teachers and administrators gathered to bid farewell to the much-loved and respected Phil Hamilton, a 29-year veteran of teaching in Seymour according to one educator present.
Hamilton will be taking some time off from the school he loves so much so that he can get treatment for his illness at Vanderbilt Medical in Nashville.
Hamilton was presented with a special cake and many happy wishes as his peers gathered around to bequeath him their goodwill and fellowship.
Principle Dr. Faye Nelson spoke to the group, detailing how educators might stay in touch with Hamilton, whose absence will be of an unknown length.
Hamilton himself had prepared a statement for the group, but emotion left him unable to present it personally, as that duty was handled admirably though not without her own emotion by Sally Ownby, the multi-age computer arts teacher.
The statement read in part, “I know the main thing abut whipping this thing is to have a positive attitude and there is no way that it could happen without you all.”
“Your friendship, your fellowship, and your prayers are felt by me on a constant, daily basis.”
The statement went on to say, “I just want you to know how much I appreciate everything that you all have done for me and my family. I will never forget any of it. Keep me in your prayers and in your hearts. I will be back before you realize I am gone.”
There was not a dry eye among the fifty-odd attendees as Ownby finished the statement. Hamilton then broke the moment with his usual wit and soon had everyone present laughing through their tears.