Derelys “Sandy” Hamilton

June 11, 1953April 30, 2013
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Derelys “Sandy” Hamilton, 59, of Raleigh died Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at her home. Sandy was born in Raleigh on June 11, 1953 to the late Gordon Hamilton and Ann Southern Messer, who survives her. She was a life-long resident of Wake County, and a beloved daughter, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

In addition to her father, she is preceded in death by her grandmothers, Maggie Hamilton and Johnnie Mae Southern, and her best friend and companion for many years, her Shar Pei, Sadie.

She is survived by her mother, Ann Southern Messer of Raleigh; her two children, daughter, Tina Batton Stull of Franklin County; son, Trey Batton of Raleigh; her brother, Ronnie Hamilton of Chesapeake, VA; two grandchildren, Nicole and Taylor; and nephew, Ronnie Hamilton, Jr. of Portsmouth, VA.

The family will greet friends and gather to honor Sandy’s life on Saturday, May 4th from 11am until 1pm at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 300 Saint Mary’s Street, Raleigh.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the North Carolina Triangle to the Coast Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 133 Fayetteville St., Suite 300 Raleigh, NC 27601.

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  • Gathering to Honor Sandy's Life Saturday, May 4, 2013

Derelys “Sandy” Hamilton

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Phil and Carol Dunaway

May 3, 2013

We are so thankful that we got to meet Derelys in our recent trip to Raleigh. We didn't know that would be the first and last time we ever saw Derelys, but God did. What a blessing for us. My sister Linda wanted to come with us but was unable to. She is so sorry that she never got to meet her cousin.
We are looking forward to Heaven where all will be right and we can reunite with loved ones that have gone before us. It's really all about Heaven and what Jesus did for us on the cross. He defeated death and we have the hope of Heaven because of Him. We know Derelys believed that. Heaven seems more inviting because of that fact and the hope of seeing our loved ones again at the Marriage Feast of the Lamb. We are praying for all of you and love you all very much.
Phil and Carol Dunaway and Family

May 3, 2013

We have been friends for a long long time, and you have always held a special place in my heart. I am going to miss our weekly calls. I will miss you. R.I.P Sandy

faye bunch

May 3, 2013

Trey and Family
Thoughts and Prayers are with you and your Family at this difficult time of sorrow.
R.I.P. Ms. Sandy

May 2, 2013

My dear best friend since we were 12. We shared so much of our lives together and now I go on without being able to call at 2 in the morning because I could not sleep or you would call at 3 in the morning and say "what the hell are you doing"? We went to dances at the Y, run the beach so many summers, shopped, played pranks on the phone. We even ran the roads with your dad's car. We had babies close together, we shared our dreams . How I am going to miss you! I loved you then and I love you now and always! My heart is breaking but I am glad you are suffering no more! You are in my heart, Katherine