Obituary for Barbara Ellen McRae Hamer


Barbara Ellen McRae Hamer, 78, of Columbus, Georgia, walked into her heavenly home on Saturday, June 4, 2022, surrounded by her family. A loving mother and grandmother, she lived a virtuous life and cared for her family.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 8, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. in the McMullen Funeral Home and Crematory Chapel, conducted by Dr. Tim Jones instead. The family receives friends an hour before the service at the funeral home, 3874 Gentian Blvd. Columbus, GA 31907. Burial will be at Parkhill Cemetery.

Barbara was born on October 5, 1943 in Mobile, Alabama to the late Havard Salter and Mary Salter Griesbauer. Aside from her parents, she is preceded by husband Cooper Ferrell Hamer, brother Aubrey Lane Salter, loving stepfather Christian Griesbauer, former husband Melvin Owen McRae and stepson Grant Hamer.

She loved her family and her family loved her. She was strong in her Christian faith. After losing her husband at a young age, she raised her three children to love the Lord, love their families, and work hard. She loved music and remembers singing Christian hymns and dancing to the music in her loving home. Christmas and birthdays have always been celebrated with an abundance of gifts and cheers. She provided wonderful vacations at the beach, where she loved the beautiful white sand and crystal clear waters of the Gulf.

Barbara made a bold decision and left her position at CB&T with the team to found Total Systems (TSYS). She traveled the United States and retired from TSYS after more than 25 years where she held senior positions such as Vice President and Associate Director. She has always loved people and is described by many as a wonderful servant leader.

Barbara is a longtime member of Calvary Baptist and attended the Britt David Baptist Church for many years. Over the years she has volunteered in many capacities within the Church.

She is survived by sons Tim McRae (Jamie) and Glen McRae (Julie) of Valley, Alabama, daughter Tracey McRae Richards (Hunter) of Midland, Georgia; stepsons, Lane Hamer (Reba) and Mike Hamer; Grandchildren, Brittany Smith, Spencer Dansby (Emily), Gage McRae (Raven), Catie Copplin (Greg), Harrison Richards, Morgan Currie (Kyle), Kyle Brooks, Sly Rosato, Miranda Hamer and Madelyn Hamer, Great-grandchildren, Alyssa Smith , Tristan Smith, Kellin Connally, August McRae, and Jack Currie.

Matthew 25:23 “Well done, good and faithful servant… Come celebrate with me.”

Special thanks to Shelby Brown and the caregivers at The Greenhouse for their care, compassion and the many friends she made there.

Although flowers are welcome, other donations to The Greenhouse at Calvary, 7462 Old Moon Road, Columbus, Georgia, 31909, the Alzheimer’s Association, or a charity of your choice are encouraged.

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