Michael Anthony Hamner, Sr. was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on April 19, 1963, to the parents of John H. Hamner, Sr. and Z. May Hamner (Brand). Michael departed this life May 5, 2023 at the age of 60 years old. Michael was the second born of 10 children. At nine months old, he suffered from a medical diagnosis that led doctors to conclude he would not have long to live. Despite this diagnosis, an unprecedented surgery was performed on baby Michael. The surgery was a success and he lived past infancy.
As a child, Michael was very affectionate. He was very helpful in caring for his younger siblings. He also enjoyed learning and did very well in school. He attended primary school at Houston Elementary. He later attended Colerain Junior High and Colerain High School, where he received his high school diploma in 1981.
At the age of 18, he moved to California and initially lived with his cousins, Pastor Ronnie and Connie Brown. He’d spend the next several decades in California. While living there, he met his wife and had two children: Michael Anthony, Jr. and Jasmine Monet. The years he lived in California were filled with countless ways in which he made a lasting impression on those he encountered. He was a founding member of the House of God Church in San Jose, CA. He would often assist church members when they needed help moving from their homes, as well as volunteering at local schools and performing mission work at local hospitals and nursing homes. He mentored a lot of people, even taking some into his home in order to help them get back on their feet.
After many years living in California, he would move to Lexington, KY and later on to Huntington, WV. Michael stayed true to form and did all he could to be a help to those around him. He volunteered at local nursing homes, homeless shelters and would visit with and offer words of encouragement to the residents. Eventually, he moved back to Ohio, where he would live out the rest of his days.
Although Michael battled with epilepsy for the greater part of his life, he never let that limit his ability to reach and connect with others. The rich relationships that he cultivated with people have no doubt made a profound impact on the lives of those who knew him well.
He was a faithful member of his church and a dedicated part of the ministry in each of the places that he lived. He was an Elder, ordained in the House of God organization, a teacher of The Word. Furthermore, besides Pastor Ronnie Brown, he also served under the pastorate’s of his uncle, the former Chief Apostle Bishop F.C. Scott (Lockland, OH), his uncle, Apostle Larry Hamner (Oakland, CA), current Chief Apostle Thomas Clark (Lexington, KY), Bishop David Cartwright, Sr. (Huntington, WV) and his sister, Pastor Penny Stewart of the Gateway Church (Hamilton, OH).
He enjoyed crocheting, playing dominos, watching his favorite football team, the Dallas Cowboys and discussing The Word of God. One of his favorite quotes was, “I’m taking things one day at a time, sweet Jesus.” He’d touched the lives of so many while maintaining a close relationship with his nephews and nieces. Michael indeed left his mark on this world and he will be greatly missed.
Michael Anthony, Sr. is preceded in death by his brother, Aaron Hamner and his father, Deacon John H. Hamner, Sr.
He leaves to cherish his memory: his son, Michael Anthony Hamner, Jr.; his daugh-ter, Jasmine Monet Hamner; his mother, Lady Z. May Hamner; his siblings, John H. Hamner, Jr. (Kerry), Darryl C. Hamner (Angela), Penny M. Stewart (Jerry), Timothy Hamner, Sr. (Angelique), Isaach Hamner (Renee), Rhida Vazguez (Aaron), Nathaniel Hamner (Kym), Aprel Mabson (Derek) and Daniel Hamner (Kathy); and a host of uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews, church family and friends.
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