Hazel Harbin

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The Lord Jesus Christ called Hazel Harbin, 92, home on May 17, 2016. Hazel Carolyn Garrett was born fourth of 10 children to Davis Garland and Gertrude Ware Garrett in Kilmichael, Miss., on February 26, 1924. The family lived the majority of their lives in Greenville, Mississippi. Following high school, Hazel moved to Camp Blanding, Fla., to work as a civil servant with her sister, Louise. There she met U.S. Army then First LT. Thomas (Tom) Ray Harbin. They were married in Augusta, Ga. on October 23, 1943. MAJ. (Ret) Harbin served with the 3rd Army in WW II and the Korean Conflict. Among others, assignments took the couple to Japan where their oldest child, Thomas Ronald, was born; to Fort Jackson, S.C., where their second child, Helen Ann was born and to St. Johann, Austria, where their third child, Gilda Carolyn was born and then to Munich, Germany. The family then moved to Atlanta, Ga., where MAJ. Harbin retired from Ft. McPherson, Georgia. Tom and Hazel raised their family in Atlanta. Following MAJ (Ret) Harbin's death in 1974, Hazel moved back to Greenville, Miss. to live near many of her eight sisters and their families. In 2009 she moved to Rainbow City, where she lived at Regency Pointe Retirement Complex until her death. Hazel was loved, inspired and admired by all who knew her. She took great pride in being selected as Miss Greenville as a teen and competing in the Miss Mississippi Pageant. Hazel was a beautiful lady. She was a wonderful, devoted, loving and caring wife and mother, sister and grandmother. She was extremely active in her church and community. She served as Sunday School teacher, PTA president, Women's Civitan and Retired Officer organizations. She was very active in her children's school activities. Perhaps her greatest achievement was assuring her entire family came to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Hazel was a member of the First Baptist Church of Greenville, Miss. and currently a member of First Baptist Church of Saks in Anniston. Hazel had a matchless spirit and spunk for life and lived it to the fullest. She was involved in all activities at Regency Pointe and until her death, was an avid Bridge and Mahjongg player. She truly loved life. Hazel is survived by her three children, Ron Harbin, Helen Ann Harbin (Rick Scrovanek) and Gilda Knighton (Larry); two grandchildren, Shannon Perry and Thomas Harbin (Stephany); four great-grandchildren, Davis and Annabelle Looper and Hunter and Haley Harbin; four step-grandchildren and four step-great grandchildren; one sister, Margie Mayers (Bill) and 26 nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband MAJ. (Ret) Tom Harbin; parents, Davis and Gertrude Garrett, seven sisters, Jewell Hess, Louise Lee Magers, Pauline Newton Thornton, Mary Davis Satchfield Nesbit, Annie Grace Riley, Betty Jo Wilson and Ruth Williams; one brother, Dr. Davis Garrett; daughter-in-law Marilyn Harbin and one niece and one nephew. Arrangements are as follows: Visitation 12:30 until 2 p.m. Funeral service at 2 p.m., both at Chapel Hill Funeral Home on Friday, May 20, 2016. A private burial will be at Forestlawn Gardens in Atlanta, Georgia.
Published in The Anniston Star on May 19, 2016
Arrangements under the direction of:
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