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Owner of Decatur real estate agency found dead at home

By Bayne Hughes 340-2432

Gerald Lee "Jerry" Hamric, broker-owner of the Decatur's largest real estate company, was found dead Sunday afternoon at his home on Trenton Place Southwest.

Re/Max Decatur partner Debbie Lake said Mr. Hamric's former wife, Deb Hamric, and 17-year-old son, Blake, found him dead just after noon. He was 51.

Morgan County Coroner Russ Beard pronounced Mr. Hamric dead at 12:40 p.m., saying he died of an apparent heart attack.

Licensed since 1985, Mr. Hamric had owned Re/Max Decatur since 1992.

Lake said the business now has close to 70 employees, including 52 agents, and approximately 50 percent of the market that includes Decatur, Hartselle, Madison, and Morgan and Lawrence counties.

"He was a very, very intelligent man who was always good and fair," Lake said. "I just loved working with him."

Lake said he was successful because he hired good people and believed in advertising and marketing the company. She said he was always willing to contribute to local charities.

"It'll (the business) keep going," Lake said. "Hopefully, it will carry on as he would like."

Broker/associate Mark Moody said Mr. Hamric had an outgoing personality that fit well in the real estate business.

"He loved to talk," Moody said. "He'd talk your ears off, and he never met a stranger. He didn't mind approaching anybody."

Shelton Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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