On Friday, March 26, 2021, Garland Hyde Hamlett, III (Gary), loving husband and father of three, passed away at the age of 41.  Gary was born in Lynchburg, VA, to Garland Hyde Hamlett, Jr. and Julia Golubic Hamlett.  He worked at Dominion Power in Clover, VA, for over 21 years.  He loved his job and the people he worked with.  On May 3, 2008, he married his wife Emily Watkins Hamlett, and they had three children:  Sidney Clifton Hamlett, Garland Hyde Hamlett, IV, and Rutherfoord Golubic Hamlett.  Gary was a devoted and loving husband, father, son, and brother.  Being with family was an integral part of Gary’s life.  He loved camping, going to sporting events, Willie Nelson music, the beach, the mountains, his friends, and watching Jeopardy.  His favorite place to be though, was on a field somewhere, watching his children play ball.   Gary is preceded in death by his grandparents, Garland and Juanita Hamlett and Robert and Peggy Golubic.  He is survived by his wife and children, parents, sister, Tiffany Russell and husband Chris, two nieces, Cassidy and Raegan Russell, several other nieces, a nephew, aunts, uncles, and cousins.  He is also survived by a big and loving in-law family.

There will be a private family memorial service held in the coming days.  In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to The Barksdale Foundation, PO Box 225, Charlotte Court House, VA, 23923, or Tisch Brain Tumor Center, DUMC 3624 Durham, NC, 27710. The Browning-Duffer Funeral Home in Keysville, VA is serving the family.


Condolence Messages

  1. Judy Childress and Family

    29 March 2021 3 years ago

    Dear Emily and Family,
    I don’t know you very well. I used to work for your dad at Heidi-Ho.I wanted to let you and your family know that you’re in our thoughts and prayers.My heart breaks for you and especially the children.May you feel God’s Love and arms around you at this difficult time.

  2. Marvin & Gray Ragland

    29 March 2021 3 years ago

    Our prayers and thoughts are with the entire Hamlett family in the loss of Gary. Cherish all the wonderful memories and know Gary will always be watching over you. Didn’t really know Gary and his family but we can tell he was a wonderful person. We know Butch, Julie, Tiffany and her family. Lifting up Prayers.

  3. Vincent Finelli

    29 March 2021 3 years ago

    Our Family was sad to learn of the passing of Garland Hyde Hamlett III. I did not know him personally, but I do know his wife Emily and her Parents – a fine family indeed, While words are inadequate to express our sympathy at a time like this, please be sure in the knowledge that many share in your sorrow.

    Vincent Finelli and Family

  4. Jason Davis

    30 March 2021 3 years ago

    On behalf of IBEW Local Union 50 Officers, Representatives, and Staff, we send our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Gary. He will never be forgotten. We will keep the family and friends in our thoughts and prayers.

  5. Jim and Tammy Bavely

    30 March 2021 3 years ago

    Heartfelt condolences to all family in this time of need. God sometimes has plans we don’t understand, he is now with him peacefully and starting his angel role. May God comfort you all. The community has lost a good one.

  6. Mark Anthony Fears

    30 March 2021 3 years ago


  7. Rick and Linda Bickford

    30 March 2021 3 years ago

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
    Please find comfort in knowing that you are in so many friends thoughts and prayers.

  8. Gwendolyn H Pillow

    30 March 2021 3 years ago

    Emily and children, Butch & Julie and Tiffany and family, I am so very heartbroken about Gary’s death. I can hardly write those words. I pray for God’s comfort and peace that surpasses all understanding for each of you and for all of us as he touched our lives over the past 41 years.

    God bless.
    Gwendolyn Pillow

  9. Jenny Mason Palmer

    30 March 2021 3 years ago

    Like so many, I was shook with the news of Gary’s passing. He was such a good guy and although I haven’t seen him since our World Series travels, I remember his wit and how he liked to give Tif a hard time in his younger years. Prayers to his sweet family, may the community’s outpouring of love and admiration for Gary lift you all and carry you through this sad time. Much love to you all!

  10. Peggy Dunaway Brown

    30 March 2021 3 years ago

    Prayers for the family

  11. Carolyn and Tom Jolly

    30 March 2021 3 years ago

    We are very heartbroken for all of you.
    This does not seem real.
    Our love, prayers, and sympathy for all of the family, and especially for Emily and the children.
    Love you.
    Carolyn and Tom Jolly

  12. Stacey, Brian, Alyssa, Madison (Godsey), & Patrick Townsend

    30 March 2021 3 years ago

    Gary was a great man! We grateful to have the honor to know him and have so many memories. We are so very sorry for Emily, his kids, family and friends and know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers daily. Know that he is with you all always, during all events that are to come and know that y’all for forever have an angel by your side during the good times and the lowest of time.

  13. Tara Corsini

    30 March 2021 3 years ago

    I had the pleasure of speaking with Gary just a few short weeks ago and he talked about the children’s ball schedule and how they “kept the road hot” traveling to games and practices. I could very much tell his family was his passion in life. Emily and family, I am so very sorry for your loss! Praying for comfort that only our loving Father can provide during this difficult time❤️


    30 March 2021 3 years ago

    Everyone is our family is heartbroken over Gary’s death. All of your family is in our prayers for comfort and peace. Even though the community is still fighting covid please feel our love and loss for such a good guy, husband,;father son and brother. God bless all of you with his mercy and love.

  15. Keith & Terri Jones

    30 March 2021 3 years ago

    Our sincere condolences to Gary’s entire family. Our thoughts & prayers are with you and will be in the days ahead.

  16. Anne R. Payne

    30 March 2021 3 years ago

    Prayers and sympathy

  17. Bonnie R. Gilliam

    31 March 2021 3 years ago

    Sincere sympathy to all the family, especially his young children. So very sad to lose such a strong, vital young father.

  18. Stephanye Fuina

    31 March 2021 3 years ago

    Heart broken for you all. Gary was always such a ham and so sweet. Sending you all hugs and hope for peace.

  19. Gary & Maria Gruenwald

    31 March 2021 3 years ago

    Julie and Butch we are so sorry for your loss. Your wonderful parents and people and the Good Lord will look over all of you! God Bless!!

  20. Judy Nelson Hanlon

    31 March 2021 3 years ago

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. May your wonderful memories live on forever. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Sending my sincere condolences

  21. Lanier Rossignol

    02 April 2021 3 years ago

    Praying for God to comfort your family in Jesus Name. Love, Lanier Rossignol

  22. David Warden

    02 April 2021 3 years ago

    Gary was a DEVOTED father and husband and steadfast friend. Just an all around great guy. I will cherish all the good times we shared. He will be sorely missed by all that knew him. My sincere condolences to his to his family; I pray you find comfort and strength during this difficult time.

  23. Jimmy Barrett

    03 April 2021 3 years ago

    Butch, So sorry to hear of the loss of your son. May God grant you piece in your time of sorrow.

  24. Oliver Owen

    27 April 2021 3 years ago

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family during these days Butch was one of my best friends At BWXT

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