Gorga Ann Hamilton

Gorga Ann (Lockhart) Hamilton, 81, of Lansing, MI, left her earthly body on February 4, 2024, to be received into the arms of her Heavenly Father.

Gorga was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi, on October 27, 1942, to Will and Pearl Lockhart. She moved to Lansing, MI, at an early age where she spent the remainder of her life.

She graduated from West Junior High School before attending Davenport University. She worked for the Department of Social Services at the State of Michigan for 15 years. After working at the State, she was the Manager at the Junior League of Lansing’s Cedar Chest thrift and consignment store, which combined her love for fashion and her passion for giving back to the community. Gorga also had numerous clients that she served over the years as an in-home caregiver.

Gorga married the love of her life, Lonnie Hamilton, on March 11, 1976. He preceded her in death in 2006. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Bonnie Potter; granddaughter, Dawn Potter; siblings: Lemmie Lockhart, Sr., Willie B. Durant, Ora Mae Vaden, Eddie Lee Vaden, Agusta (Gussie) Miller, Alice Knox, Panola (Lockhart) Morrell and Will Lockhart, Jr.; and best friend of many years, Catherine (Chris) Smith.

Gorga leaves to cherish her memory: brother, John Lockhart; son/grandson, JaQuai M. Potter (Krystal); daughter, Yolanda Hamilton (Quentin); granddaughter, Simone Burton; great-grandchildren, JaQuai M. Potter, JaQuai J. Potter, Joey Orourke, Jr., Anjuan Potter and Jadonn Potter-Kanyanta; great-great-grandchildren, Alonnie, Jamayia and Milo; and special daughter, Dr. Tiffany Sanford Robotham (Reggie). A special acknowledgement to great-niece Erica Rivera and children (Eriq, Asia and Falicia) who graciously kept Gorga company when Yolanda was working. She also leaves two dear friends, Sarah Nick and Joyce Sweet plus a host of nieces, nephews and other loved ones.

Gorga was an ordained minister and served the Lord faithfully as a Sunday school teacher, singing in the choir, and as a church clerk when she was a member at Mt. Olive Baptist Church. Before she went to Safe Haven, she was attending Williams Chapel Original Church of God.

She enjoyed shopping, old movies and especially westerns. Everyone who knew Gorga knew how much she loved family.

The family would like to extend sincere appreciation and a special thank you to the Tri-County Office on Aging, Safe Haven Assisted Living of Mason (who lovingly referred to her as Mee Maw), Inviting Grace Home Health Care Agency (specifically Deborah, Precious, Tamera and Jeannine) and Careline Hospice for their attentiveness and care of our sister, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend.

A memorial service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, February 16, 2024, at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel, 325 W. Washtenaw St., Lansing, MI. Her family will receive relatives and friends beginning at 11:00 a.m.

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Kecia Ford
February 7, 2024 at 1:54 pm

Aunt Gorgann,
The dash between the day you were born and the day you left, is what I will always remember and celebrate. I am so honored and grateful that I got to be in the presence of a woman who was kind, powerful and loving to me, my children and grandchildren. You never claimed perfection and you voiced often, “keep your priorities in perspective Kecia Lynn”. I will continue…
Kecia Lynn

Loretta Cunningham
February 7, 2024 at 8:02 pm

Aunt GorgAnn,

I always spell your name with capital “A”, because you always presented yourself to me as a person of quality, deserving an “A” rating. Thank you for your encouragement and confidence in me, to accomplish and acheive what life presented.


(Ivory) Linda Williams
February 8, 2024 at 3:28 pm

I have always remembered the way you stood and made the announcements to the church, with your warm welcome which always began with “Good’t morning, Church!” the words would ring ever so loudly through the congregation and everyone would smile.
You were always like family and Yolanda was always at home with mom (she was her baby). May God hand of mercy uphold and be the strength the family will need in this time of bereavement. Take your rest!!

Vivian lewis
February 9, 2024 at 7:19 pm

Your Mom was a beautiful person inside and out, you and your family are in our mind and prayers. In loving memory of your Mother.

She always spoke her mind, and she was a great friend. Her Sunday school kids loved her. Sister Vivian

Richard J Cunningham
February 16, 2024 at 1:04 pm

Aunt Gorga Ann was the last person in My. Family that I saw before I joined the USMC in 1975. The epitome of unconditional love, She faithfully supported Me throughout My career in the Armed Force’s as well as all other endeavors I entered into. Her love for Our Family was amazing & Her words of wisdom & deeds were very treasured by Us All. She will be greatly missed!…


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