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Raymond Hamilton



Raymond Hamilton, 68, passed away peacefully Monday, September 2, 2019, after a brief illness. Raymond was born to Zelma Lee Dobbins Hamilton and Tommie Lee Hamilton in Hobbs, NM on December 14, 1950. He graduated from Hobbs High School in 1968, with a 3.8 GPA and was selected to go to Boys State. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. He received a J.D. Degree from Harvard Law School in 1975.

Raymond returned to New Mexico and worked for NM Attorney General Toney Anaya in Santa Fe, then spent 30 years as an Assistance U. S. Attorney for the Department of Justice in Albuquerque until retirement in 2011. He attributed his longevity in U. S. Attorney's Office to R. E. Thompson and John Kelly. Under John Kelly, Raymond became Chief of the Civil Division.

Raymond was co-founder of the New Mexico Black Lawyers Association along with the Honorable Tommy Jewell Jr., and attorney Hannah B. Best (both of whom are retired) and remained active as an officer in NMBLA until his passing.

Raymond maintained membership in the Albuquerque Branch of the NAACP, Associate with Albuquerque Section of the National Council of Negro Women, Incorporated, New Mexico Black Caucus, the Democratic Party of NM, the State Bar of New Mexico, and the National Bar Association. He formerly served terms on the Board of Bar Examiners, Character and Fitness Committee of the NM Disciplinary Board, as well as Legal Aid Society of Albuquerque Inc.

Raymond was an avid tennis player. He had a close-knit group of friends calling themselves the Barelas Brothers. They included Juan Abeyta, Bobby Avila, Tommy Jewell, Dan Smith, Woody Smith, and the late Vic Pedro.

Raymond promoted diversity and fought for civil rights. He was always helping someone whenever he could. He mentored many young lawyers, and in particular, first-year law students at UNM School of Law. He had a great and ongoing concern for African American students who failed the Bar Exam and would make time to work with those students so they could pass on the next take. He was recognized by many organizations for his accomplishments.

Raymond was preceded in death by his parents (Tommie and Zelma Hamilton), a brother (Larry Hamilton), and a sister (Betty Spirlin). He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Cecilia La Verne (Shelton) Webb of Albuquerque, three sons, Christopher Woods of Las Cruces, Richard Hamilton of Hobbs, Steven Hamilton of Albuquerque; stepson, Troy Taylor of Albuquerque; grandchildren, Jarrod and Maya Woods, Ebba and Tavin Taylor; one brother, Charles (Pamela) Becknell of Rio Rancho; two brothers-in-law, Lawrence (Kate) Shelton of Boise, ID and Darryl Shelton of Danville, VA; a special cousin, Sheldra Wormhoudt of Mandeville, La; in laws Elizabeth and Joe Brown of Albuquerque, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A memorial service will be held at God's House Church, 2335 Wyoming Blvd NE 87112, on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.

Thank you to the caregivers, Presbyterian Hospice, Compassus Home Health, and the staff at Kaseman Hospital IPU for your excellent care.


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Published in Albuquerque Journal on Sep. 8, 2019.
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September 20, 2019
I was very sad to learn of Rays passing. Although we have not played tennis together in many years I have the most joyful memories of our time playing on a team together with Danny and Tommy. Ray was a wonderful mixed doubles partner. As an attorney Ray was a role model and an inspiration. My deepest sympathy to all of his family and friends.
Jane Tabet
Friend
September 19, 2019
To Cecilia Webb and the family of Raymond. I worked with Ray over a number of years and met him through my wife, Debbie who went to high school with him. We will miss him greatly.
Travis and Debbie Engelage
September 16, 2019
Leroy Marzett Jr
September 15, 2019
My deep sympathies to the family and friends of Ray. I was privileged to work with him occasionally on legal issues involving the Brantley Dam project near Carlsbad NM many years ago.
Roland Fletcher
September 15, 2019
The Fisher family is so very saddened and sorry to hear about the passing of Raymond. He has always been very supportive of our family. Please know that we truly care about him and his wife and family. Always in our thoughts and prayers. Marian, Connie and the Fisher/Jordan/Kent Family.
Connie Kent
September 14, 2019
My deepest sympathies go out to your family. May God give you the peace that you seek.
Mary (Woods) Bland
September 12, 2019
Cecilia Webb, there is a time and a place for everything under the sun.
There is a time to die and a time to mourn. Mourn the death of your husband, but allow the Holy Spirit to comfort you as you mourn his death.
Tommie Whitlow
September 12, 2019
To the family of Raymond Hamilton:
Asking God to enfold you in His faithful
love and comfort you with the cherished
memories you hold dear. Memories are gifts
our hearts receive to bring gentle comfort
as we grieve....
God bless the family.
Prayerfully--The Juneteenth Committee of
Hobbs, NM---Cathy Marshall-President
Wilma Brooks
September 12, 2019
To Cecelia, Dr. Charles Becknell, and all
other family members of Attorney Raymond
Hamilton: In this time of sadness, may you
be comforted in the knowledge that others
care. Humbly submitted by the Hobbs Branch
NAACP Exec. Officers and Members
Bro. Joseph Cotton-President
Wilma Brooks
September 11, 2019
Dear LaVerne,
Just wanted you to know that we are praying for you and yours during this time of bereavement of the passing of your husband. Death is never easy and the loss of a love one is heart breaking, but "GOD" is more then able to comfort you, because He is a friend that sticks closer then a Brother. With sincere sympathy your close friends in Roswell, NM the Hunter Family. Lift up your eyes unto the hills from whence cometh your help, your help cometh from the LORD!
Rudy Hunter
September 11, 2019
To Cecilia and Family of Raymond Hamilton:
A plant was sent to the Daniels Funeral
Home on Wed. 9/11 from the NM National
Black Chamber of Commerce in Hobbs, NM
Exec. Board--Helen Houston, Diane Henry,
Wilma Brooks, Rebecca Royal, & Kelly Burkley. God bless the family.
Wilma Brooks
September 9, 2019
We did not know you, but had pleasure of knowing and working with one of your sons, Chris. We are sure you were an honorable and upright man as you passed these gifts to your son. Rest In Peace Sir.
Steven and April Pope
September 9, 2019
We did not know you, but had pleasure of knowing and working with one of your sons, Chris. We are sure you were an honorable and upright man as you passed these gifts to your son. Rest In Peace Sir.
Steven and April Pope
September 9, 2019
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Steven Pope
September 8, 2019
May your memories bring you comfort
and peace. Thanking God for your loved
one's life, and praying for strength for
your family.
Donald and Wilma Brooks of Hobbs
Wilma Brooks
September 8, 2019
We hope our caring will make your sorrow easier to bear. May you find comfort in knowing that we care. We wish to express our deepest sympathy.

The Woods Girls (Denver)
The Randell Family (Denver)
Debra Woods
September 8, 2019
Please accept our sincere sympathy.
We will always remember what a great
attorney he was(the Raymond Hamilton).
From The NM National Black Chamber of
Commerce--Hobbs, NM
Wilma Brooks
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