Drakes Branch (C)

Garland H. Hamlett, Jr.

Garland H. "Butch" Hamlett, Jr.
Term expires 12/31/23

     Mailing Address: PO Box 363, Drakes Branch, VA 23937
     Phone: (434) 568-6451 
     E-Mail Address: ghamlett@charlottecountyva.gov


The Town of Drakes Branch recently celebrated its 100th year of incorporation, although the town is actually older. At one time Drakes Branch had some of the largest dark tobacco markets in Southside Virginia. The Wilson-Kautz Civil War Trail goes through Drakes Branch (Drakes to Randolph) along the former Southern Railroad track. Eureka Elementary School, the county's largest elementary school, is also located in this district. 


Mr. Hamlett is married to the former Julia Ann Golubic of Crewe, Virginia. They have two grown children and five grandchildren.



  • Bluefield College - BS Degree in Business, Organizational Management and Development
  • Completion of the Virginia Association of Counties' Certified County Supervisors’ Program

  • Retired from Babcock & Wilcox Company
  • Licensed Insurance Agent, Commonwealth of Virginia


  • 4 years active duty U.S. Army
  • 26 years with the Virginia Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve
  • Recalled to active duty as a Retired Reservist for Operation Enduring Freedom with service in Southwest Asia
  • Retired 1SG, U.S. Army


  • Charlotte County Board of Supervisors, 2003 - present (Served as Chairman for two years and Vice-Chairman for three years)
  • Lynchburg Detention Facility Advisory Board
  • Commonwealth Regional Transportation Committee
  • Former member of the Drakes Branch Town Council (served for over 10 years)
  • Previously served on a Senate Subcommittee in Richmond for recruitment and retention of fire service and rescue squad members


  • Drakes Branch Volunteer Fire Department, Past Fire Chief, now Life Member
  • Charlotte County Fire & Rescue Association, Past President
  • Southside Virginia Volunteer Firefighters Association, Past President
  • Virginia Department of Fire Programs, Fire Instructor
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Virginia Baseball, Inc., Charter Member
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars Charlotte County Post 8902, Life Member
  • Disabled American Veterans, Life Member
  • Vietnam Veterans of America,Chapter 196, Life Member
  • American Legion Post 260, Paid Up For Life (PUFL) Member
  • Member of Drakes Branch Baptist Church