Hazel Ernestine Bailey was born on September 18, 1922, the eighth child of Delilah (Dillie) Brogden Bailey and Herman T. Bailey, Sr. She was preceded in death by her parents, and siblings and their spouses, Myrtle Bailey Parker (Brooks), Betty Bailey, Kenneth B. Bailey, Sr. (Ruth), H.T. Bailey, Jr. (Dot), Oliver D. Bailey (Eleanor “Shine”), Lacey Harris (Ed), Mary Joyce “Polly” Grice (Ed), Sylvester F. Bailey, and Buckner B. Bailey (Pat); nephew, K.B. Bailey, Jr., and great-nephew, Jonathan Bailey Plott.
Hazel is survived by one sister-in-law, Lib Bailey (Sylvester) and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews – all of whom loved and adored her. Her nieces and nephew Floyd Bailey, Betty Parker Mashburn, and Lacye Harris Owen grew up in the same household with Hazel – knowing her as aunt, sister, and friend. Throughout her life, Hazel’s closest friends became family – not only to Hazel, but were embraced as “Baileys” by the entire family.
Lee Grice, Joyce Anne Grice, and Larry Grice were niece and nephews who shared their home with Hazel. The Bailey family would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to Joyce Anne Grice for putting her life and career on hold to ensure that all of Hazel’s needs were met the last few years of her life.
Hazel was 100% Bailey from the day she was born – tall, lean, kind, loyal, brilliant, with a quick wit and uncanny sense of humor. The Baileys were infamous for their storytelling and Hazel was no exception. The often retold Bailey stories were known as Bailey “Yarns”; and Hazel likened a good Bailey Yarn to a stew highly seasoned with herbs. You know there’s meat (truth) somewhere in the story, but you’d be hard pressed to find it.
In her youth, Hazel was very athletic. During World War II, Hazel was a member of a Ball Team that provided her with the opportunity to play in the playoffs at Wrigley Field. Her mother would not permit Hazel to make the trip alone – so, she was accompanied by her brother Sylvester. He reminisced of his excitement of the trip – even during the last days of his life. Hazel loved to travel and was also an accomplished horsewoman. Many of her nieces and nephews have fond memories of accompanying Hazel to horseshows.
Hazel was a life-long resident of the Bay Leaf community where she was an active member of Bay Leaf Baptist Church and was involved in many community service activities. She served as treasurer of the Bay Leaf Fire Department for many years. Hazel was honored to receive the Bay Leaf Award recognizing her many contributions to the community.
Professionally, Hazel was the office manager at the Wilkerson OB-GYN Clinic in Raleigh NC for 52 years. During that time, Hazel shared the lives of thousands of expectant and new mothers, and developed lifetime friendships with the doctors and medical staff.
A celebration of Hazel’s life will be held at Bay Leaf Baptist Church on Sunday afternoon, December 28, 2014 at 3 o’clock. Visitation will be from 1:30PM – 3:00PM Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Flowers are appreciated, but in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to one of the following in Hazel’s honor: Bay Leaf Baptist Church, Bay Leaf Fire Department or Transitions LifeCare.
A service of Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center. (919-556-5811)