It hurts for us to admit it… but Ms. Candace “Candy or Nanny” Hamilton Lloyd, 69, from Burlington, has went to be with Jesus. She passed peacefully with her daughter, Jennifer, by her side at Alamance Regional Medical Center July 5, 2020.
She left behind two children whom made her journey as a mother one of her biggest accomplishments. Chris Barnwell her son will miss her daily home cooked lunches and daily calls for little reminders and hellos. While her daughter Jennifer Ball will miss her weekly movie mother-daughter date nights and trips to any beach or White Lake.
Candy was born December 21, 1950 in Durham County to the late Jack Edward Hamilton, Sr. and the late Catherine Williams Hamilton. She graduated from Walter Williams High School and was just a few credits shy from graduating from Alamance Community College with an Accounting degree. From a young age she never met a stranger. Candace was a special person who always had a smile on her face and was glad to see you.
She was a member of CityGate Church, and was a faith based Christian and knew Earth was just a pause on her journey home. If you had a wounded or infant animal she knew exactly how to nurse it back to health sometimes getting up every two hours to feed it. If you were down on your luck and needed a place to stay her door way always open with a hot meal. She somehow always had a guestroom to lay your head and remove your stresses. You could get lost in her hugs and she made sure to always tell people how much she loved them each and every day.
As a kid, her house would be the house everyone ended at on a summer afternoon or a teacher workday. She was a homemaker and was Nanny to several family members and close friends throughout the community. Candy treated each kid as they were her own and still to this day, even grown up they would stop by for a glass of her sweet iced tea and catch up on what was going on in life.
Michelle Morales her daughter-in-law says “she doesn’t know where she would be today without her.” She helped raise four beautiful amazing grandchildren, Kristopher Barnwell, Jordan Smith, Eddie Vazquez, and Steven Vazquez whom all have become incredible gentlemen. She also leaves behind her brother, Jack Jr. “Chip” and his wife Cindy Hamilton, and a sister Shirley Maris. They all will miss her smile and kindness the most.
Candy enjoyed all types of crafts especially painting and quilting. She had a green thumb which meant spending many hours in the garden. She spent years perfecting her talent. She was a combination of Martha Stewart meets Betty Crocker with a twist of Bob Vila and a pinch of Dr. Doolittle. Some would called her the light of the world.
In true Candy fashion she asked for us to not make any “fuss” but we can’t go without letting her legacy live on. We are planning to grab a glass a sweet tea from Skid’s II located at 1833 S. Church Street in Burlington on Sunday, July 19 from 7-9pm in the parking lot we ask for people to keep safe and spread out while present. Once the movie theaters open up we’ll plan a night at the movies in her honor to eat her favorite snack of buttered popcorn and drink a cherry slushy together. While later this fall we will plan night each month to eat at one of her favorite restaurants and there will be a benefit to honor an animal rescue in her name July 5, 2025.
In lieu of flowers we ask that you pay it forward as Candy would and do something extra special for someone today. She always made sure to tip her servers extra even on takeout orders or try to strike up a conversation with someone waiting in line at the grocery store. She donated to those in need and gave when she could. We all should take a page from her book and be more like Candy because if we did, the world would be a better place. Let’s make it better in her honor for that is truly how her legacy will forever live on.