Sara Cornelia "Connie" Criminger Hamilton

August 27, 2019

CHARLOTTE-  Sara Cornelia “Connie” Criminger Hamilton passed away on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at Carmel Hills Retirement Community.  Connie was born and raised in Charlotte and never lived more than twenty miles away from the city she loved. 

She graduated from Harding High School and Mars Hill College.  Connie retired from Ralph Whitehead Associates after fifteen years of service.  She enjoyed traveling, reading, and craft projects such as painting designs on glass during her retirement. 

Connie is survived by her beloved nieces and nephews, Diane Eaves of Charlotte, Ritchie West of Charlotte, Dan Criminger of Greenville, NC, Jane Long of Goldston, NC and Betsy Lowery of Birmingham, AL.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Harvey Yates Criminger and Rebecca Wherry Criminger; sister, Lottie Criminger West; brother, Harvey Yates Criminger, Jr. and niece, Miriam West Cutler. 

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, September 1, 2019 at Pritchard at South End Church in Charlotte.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. 

Memorials may be sent to Pritchard at South End Church, 1117 South Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28203 or Carmel Hills Retirement Community, 2801 Carmel Rd., Charlotte, NC 28226. 

The family would like to the thank the staff at Carmel Hills for the loving care they provided to Connie. 

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at


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  • Anne J Miller

    So sorry for your loss. Our Harding Class had just reconnected with Cornelia.We will remember her with fond memories. Love and sympathy to the family. anne