Jerry Lane Hamilton

Jerry Lane Hamilton, age 74, of Dry Valley, near Montevallo, Alabama, passed away at Shelby Baptist Medical Center in Alabaster, Al. On Tuesday, December 22, 2020. Jerry graduated from the Alabama School of the Deaf in Talladega, Al. In 1965.  After graduating he worked at Shelby County Reporter in Columbiana, Al. As chief photographer and as a lithographer. He also worked as a lithographer with EBSCO Media, UAB print shop, and the AD shop. Photography was one of his passions and he became a wedding photographer and was a photographer for other events such as schools, baseball games, football games, etc. He was an American Sign Language (ASL) instructor at the University of Montevallo. He was a volunteer fireman with the Dry Valley Fire Department for a few years. He worked for Sorenson Communications Inc as an installer and trainer since 2005 until in death.  He loved using ASL to sing songs and instructed many others how to use ASL in song interpretation in many churches in central Alabama. 

Jerry Lane Hamilton was born in Clanton, Al. on December 20, 1946 to his parents, Dalton Hamilton and Nellie Hamilton. He married his best friend and sweetheart Debby Joy Holland Hamilton on August 3, 1973. They celebrated 47 years of marriage this year.  

He is preceded in death by his parents, Dalton & Nellie Hamilton. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Debby Hamilton of Montevallo, Al.; daughter, Rolanda Dalina (Victor) of Jacksonville, Fl.; son, Richard Hamilton of Montevallo, Al.; granddaughter, Emaleigh Ross of Jacksonville, Fl.; grandson, Robert Jakob Smith of Dothan, Al.; great-granddaughter, Avryl Joy Akers, of Jacksonville, Fl.; brother Roger Hamilton (Kathy) of Montevallo, Al.; sister, Annette Bromberg (Wallace) and several nieces & nephews.  


  1. Stephen Damsgard on December 26, 2020 at 4:40 pm

    I am Happy that he gave me the understanding the use of VP in my home I love his personality to spread positive things. Praying for your family for comfort and strength.

  2. Linda and Danny Holland on December 27, 2020 at 10:58 pm

    So sorry for your loss of your husband,Father,Papaw. Jerry was our brother-in-law for many years. He was a very nice man he will be missed by all of us. RIP Jerry until we meet again.

  3. Barbara Johnstone on December 28, 2020 at 4:12 am

    He was a great man and taught me to see beyond the physical features of human beings and to love the world as it was!! He was a mentor and my dad’s best friend may you and William Johnstone waiting for all of your loved ones and see yall soon!! I love you Jerry

  4. Ella Thomasine Johnson on December 28, 2020 at 10:24 am

    I will miss Jerry at our family gatherings when he always had a smile and a kind word for everyone. My thoughts and prayers for Debbie and his family.

  5. Florence Vance on December 28, 2020 at 1:23 pm

    Sending our prayers to Jerry’s family during this difficult time. He will be always remembered by the Deaf community. Sending lots of hugs too!

  6. Tonya Dalton on December 31, 2020 at 9:57 am

    I can’t believe he is gone. I’m so sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful, kind man. ???

  7. Sally Smith on January 5, 2021 at 9:44 pm

    We were blessed to have him as part of our Deaf Education Program at UM. Both Jerry and Debbie brought a perspective to our students that could only have come from members of the Deaf Community. Thank you, Jerry.

  8. Debra Galindo Salazar on February 6, 2021 at 5:35 am

    Sorry for your loss, he is with God. Sympathy for Hamilton and families are with you Debby, my friend…love you
    Debra Ross Galindo Salazar