Our Staff

Our dedicated and supportive staff are here to guide you through this difficult journey. We take pride in doing our absolute best to ensure your needs are met.


Full-Time Staff




Robert and Karla Hamil


Dual Licensed Funeral Directors


Robert Hamil
robert@hamilfamilyfuneralhome.com

Robert was born to John and Jo Ann Hamil 1965. He has called Abilene his home all his life. From a young age, Robert has worked with his mom and dad at the funeral home. He has always felt that being a funeral director is his calling in life. Robert is now a third generation funeral director and embalmer. Having been around the business his entire life, there was no question that he would follow the legacy of his parents and grandparents.

He graduated from Cooper High School in 1984 and from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in 1986. He received his funeral director's license in September of 1986 and in 1987 he received his embalmer's license. Robert married Karla Davis in 1991 and they had their first child in 1996, Aaron Hamil, and in 1999 they had their second child, John Austin Hamil. Robert enjoys spending time with his family and is an avid Dallas Cowboys fan, along with his sons and wife. Robert has served on the board of directors of Director's Investment Group (DIG) and Funeral Director's Life Insurance Company (FDLIC) since 1998. Robert and his family are members of Pioneer Drive Church in Abilene.


Karla Hamil
karla@hamilfamilyfuneralhome.com

Karla Hamil was born to Bob & Gayle Davis in Abilene, Texas. She graduated from Cooper High School in 1990 and McMurry University in 1994 with a bachelor's degree in business. Karla married Robert Hamil October 19, 1991. The pride and joy of Robert and Karla's life are their two sons Aaron Elliott Hamil and John Austin Hamil. Aaron was born May 22, 1996 and Austin was born May 25, 1999. She enjoys traveling, fishing, spending time with family, but most of all she loves being a mom. Her plan in life was to be a full time mom and wife, but that was not exactly God's plan. She feels He has not only made her a wife and mother, but business partner with Robert. They work together as a team in everything they do. It has been a great learning experience that she has enjoyed and looks forward to helping families in their time of need. She was raised at Pioneer Drive Baptist Church, where her and her family are members.


Sam Simpson
sam@hamilfamilyfuneralhome.com

Born and reared in Wichita Falls, Texas, Sam made his way to Abilene to attended Hardin-Simmons University in the fall of 1962. After receiving a BBA degree from HSU and working several years in the accounting field, his search for a career that more nearly challenged his abilities and satisfied his interest in design lead him to Texas Tech University to complete a BA degree in interior design.

After returning in 1976 to Abilene and working several years in his interior design career, association with clients, JoAnn and John Hamil, led Sam to yet another rewarding avenue and career in the funeral business. These experiences have proven to be very fulfilling and satisfy his interest in helping others, especially during very difficult times in their lives.

This path ultimately afforded Sam the opportunity to continue serving families with Karla and Robert Hamil and their staff at The Hamil Family Funeral Home in Abilene.

Among the many blessing Sam has enjoyed throughout life are his wonderful, loving son, Chad and his wife, Lora, and two precious granddaughters, Alysse and Malerie, as well as numerous other family members and cherished friends.


Kent Anderson
kent@hamilfamilyfuneralhome.com

Kent Anderson was born to the late B.L. Anderson and Billie Benton Anderson in 1950. Reared on a cotton farm around Ralls, Texas, Home of The Fighting Jackrabbits, Kent graduated from Ralls High School in 1968. He attended Texas Tech University and moved to Houston to attend Commonwealth College of Science where he graduated in February of 1970. Kent worked at Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home in Odessa after graduation and there served his apprenticeship under G.C. Hubbard and Jay Kelly. He received his Embalmer and Funeral Director's license in 1971. Kent has also worked in Lubbock, Houston and Austin before going to work for the Hamil Family in Abilene in 1987. Kent married the love of his life in May of 1993 in Buffalo Gap. Kent's favorite pass times include barbeque and riding Harley's with his wife Lupe. Kent and Lupe have 3 daughters: Kellie, Leah and Valerie; and 5 grandkids: Elijah, Andrea, Noah Erin and Oliver. Kent & Lupe are members of the Hillcrest Church of Christ.


Alan Lee Wainscott
alan@hamilfamilyfuneralhome.com

Alan was born to Sam & Omega Wainscott in Jal, New Mexico in 1967. Alan grew up in Jal and while in high school he worked for Cooper Funeral Home in Kermit, Texas under the direction of Lefty Cooper. After graduating from high school, Alan attended Tarleton State University before moving to Dallas to attend Mortuary school. In 1991, he graduated from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. After graduation, Alan worked for Martins Funeral Home in Granbury, Texas where he served his apprenticeship and received his funeral director's license and embalmer's license in May of 1992. In August of 1992, Alan moved to Abilene to work for the Hamils.

Currently, he is serving as the Vice President of the West Texas Funeral Directors Association and has been on the board of the West Texas Funeral Directors Association for the past 3 years, and is the upcoming President in May of 2008.

Some of Alan's favorite things are remodeling his house, camping, and is an avid UFC and NASCAR fan. Alan enjoys spending time with his family, friends and his dog, Lilly.


Jim Ritter

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Teresa Baucum
teresa@hamilfamilyfuneralhome.com

Teresa was born June 13, 1960 in Abilene, Texas to parents Doris and Jimlee Baucum. She graduated from Anson High School in 1978.

Teresa worked for American Eagle Airlines as a ticket agent at the Abilene Airport. She then moved to Granbury, Texas where she worked for the Hood County Sheriff's Dept. as a dispatcher. After leaving the Sheriff's Dept. she moved back to Abilene in 1999 where she began her career as a funeral pre-arrangement counselor. Teresa attends Beltway Baptist Church.


Gary Stricklin

Gary is a familiar face to Abilene and the Big Country. Following his retirement, the long time television sportscaster joined the Hamil Family staff in 2008. Gary refers to his role as visitation attendant, "The most fulfilling and self-rewarding job I've ever had." Gary grew up in San Angelo, and did television sports in Amarillo, Corpus Christi, San Antonio, and Abilene. Over the years, Gary was involved in many civic and community events in Abilene. He's a former board member of Pastoral Care and Counseling, and currently serves on the Big Country Athletic Hall of Fame Selection Committee. Gary attends First Baptist Church.