Passing of Jerry Hamill

One of the long time leaders in the cotton industry in the Southeast has lost a long battle with cancer. Please see the details below. Lift Betty and the whole family up in your prayers.

Jerry Lee Hamill

June 2, 1944 – October 2, 2021

Jerry Lee Hamill was born in Enfield, NC, on June 2, 1944, and died on October 2, 2021. He graduated from Enfield High School, and attended Chowan College, and later graduated from the Agricultural Institute at North Carolina State University.

Throughout his 54 years of farming, Jerry enjoyed the challenges of farming as well as discussions of farming techniques and rainfall amounts with friends and farmers across the country. Jerry was driven by a tireless work ethic and a determination to produce high quality crops with minimal environmental impact. He was a progressive farmer, adapting the latest products and processes to increase operational efficiency.

As a steward of the land, Jerry won various county, state, and national awards for peanut and cotton production, as well as for conservation and sustainability measures. Because of the help of his incredible farm team, his farm received the county award for peanuts seven times and for cotton six times. He was honored in 2021 with the Southeast High Cotton Award by the Cotton Foundation/Farm Press Magazine and with the Cotton Producer Recognition Award by the Southern Cotton Growers. He was often interviewed by news outlets and enjoyed communicating the difficulties and joys of farming.

Jerry enjoyed being a lifelong member of Eden United Methodist Church. He was also a member of his local Soil and Water Conservation Board, BB&T bank board, and a founding member of both a local cotton gin and peanut cooperative. Jerry was active in industry leadership roles as a past president of the NC Peanut Growers Association and a director with Cotton Incorporated. He also served on the boards of the NC Cotton Producers Association, the Southern Cotton Growers, Staplcotn, Cotton Board and the NC Farm Bureau.

He is survived by his wife of fifty-two years Elizabeth (Bettye) Futrell Hamill and their two daughters, Gina Hamill Donahoo (John) and Claudia Hamill Jenkins. He adored his six grandchildren: Libby, Abby and Anna Donahoo; Turner, Hamill and Polly Jenkins. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews, many cousins, and a huge circle of friends who are like family.

There will be a graveside service at Elmwood Cemetery in Enfield on Sunday, October 10, 2021 at 2:00pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent directly to Rainbow Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 972, Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870 or Click Here or directly to the Downtown Enfield Restoration and Preservation Association, 7622 Highway 481, Enfield, NC 27823 or Click Here

Letchworth-Sykes Funeral Service is handling the arrangements for the Hamill family and online condolences may be directed to the family by visiting