After the war. Hamilton attended OU for another two semesters, but he is still a few credit hours short of his degree. He leased a business on Campus Corner from his uncle from 1953 to 1960, The Campus Check Exchange and Bankette.
He then became director of advertising and vice president of plastic sales for Jameco Inc., a manufacturing company in Moore. He later formed his own companies, Dallas Royal Plastics and Maroy Enterprises, from which he is retired.
He met his future wife, Mary Alice, in 1955 after reading an article and seeing her picture in “The Oklahoman.” Mary was a cosmetologist and beauty shop owner. They also owned four taverns and private clubs in the Norman and Oklahoma City area.
Roy and Mary were married 37 years before she died in 1992. Hamilton played an instrumental part in getting the James Garner Statue erected on Main Street. Garner and Hamilton are life-long friends. Hamilton was also on the committee that was responsible for funding, designing and building the Cleveland County Veterans Memorial at Reaves Park.
This year, the Norman Veterans Committee is sponsoring the Veterans’ Day Parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9. The parade will proceed down Jenkins Street to the Cleveland County Veterans Memorial at Reaves Park, where a ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m.
Ret. Lt. Gen. Harry M. “Bud” Wyatt, a former adjutant general for Oklahoma and director of the Air National Guard in the Pentagon, will be the keynote speaker. The theme for the parade this year is “Red, White and Blue — Veterans on the March.”
Organizers would like to see honor guards, marching bands, floats, motorcycle groups and car clubs all with the same underlying desire: to honor our veterans.
Groups or organizations wishing to participate in the parade may download an application from normanfun.com. The deadline for parade entries is Oct. 31.
For more information, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 366-5472.