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Teresa "Terry" Hamilton

December 18, 1947 — July 12, 2022

Morehead City

Teresa "Terry" Hamilton, 74, of Newport, passed away on Tuesday, July 12, 2022, at Carteret Health Care.

A celebration of Terry's life will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, July 18, at Munden Funeral Home, officiated by Dr. Joe Judkins. She will be laid to rest at Graham Memorial Cemetery in Mill Creek.

Teresa, or Terry as she preferred, was born on December 18, 1947, in Morehead City, North Carolina, to the late Jesse and Emma Small. In Terry's working career, she had interesting jobs working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation as well as the Secret Service. She later worked with Champus / Tri-Care Insurance for the Naval Hospital at Cherry Point where she retired from in 2004. Many knew her as the "Champus / Tri-Care Lady."

Terry had many interests including sewing, spending time in her garden, and reading a good book. Her dogs, Liberty, Lady Bug, and Lucy always brought a smile to her face. Going to El's Drive-In was a favorite routine stop which she always enjoyed. More than anything, Terry loved her husband and was grateful for the years they had together.

Terry is survived by her devoted husband, John; daughter, Tonya Sheppard (Rick); stepdaughter, Eileen Hamilton; sisters, Carolyn Jones (Mike), Marilyn Judkins (Joe), and Vicki McCue (Keith); grandchildren, Ryan, Sean, Adam, Samantha, Joseph, Tyler and JP; and great grandson, Grayson.

In addition to her parents, Terry was preceded in death by her brother, Andy Small.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association Eastern North Carolina Chapter, 5171 Glenwood Ave., Suite 101, Raleigh, NC 27612 or the Crystal Coast Hospice House, P.O. Box 640, Newport, NC 28570.

Family and friends are welcome to submit online condolences at

Arrangements by Munden Funeral Home & Crematory in Morehead City, NC.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Celebration of Life

Monday, July 18, 2022

Starts at 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

Munden Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc.

2112 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC 28557

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