Hazel Hoffman Neal ROCK HILL - Hazel Hoffman Neal passed peacefully in her home at Carmel Hills Retirement Community in Charlotte, N.C., on Aug. 6, 2014. Hazel was born Aug. 22, 1921, on a farm in rural Burke County, N.C. She was the fourth daughter of the late Harvey Alexander Hoffman and Ida Ramsey Hoffman. She was a graduate of Shelby High School and commercial college. She began working as a stenographer at the North Carolina Legislature in 1940 and retired from M. Lowenstein & Co. in 1986 as a customer service representative. She will be most remembered in Rock Hill, however, for the 26 years during which she participated, along with her husband (Gene Neal) and her sister and her brother-in-law (Eva and Andy Komar), in operating The Park-Inn Grill and Restaurant on Cherry Road. The Park-Inn was a favorite of all the locals, both young and old. It grew up with the community and became a fixture in Rock Hill from the late 1940s until its closing in 1972 due to a fire. Hazel married the late Thomas Eugene Neal on June 16, 1946. Mrs. Neal was preceded in death by an infant son, William Harvey Neal on Oct. 31, 1963. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, John, Oliver and Santos Hoffman and her sisters, Mrs. Josie Queen, Mrs. Eva Komar and Ethel Hoffman. Mrs. Neal is survived by one son, Thomas Eugene Neal Jr. and daughter-in-law, Frances Wardlaw Neal of Charlotte. Hazel loved sitting on the porch in the afternoon and tailgating at Carolina games. She will be missed by many who knew her and remembered for her unselfish love of family and friends. She was a great mom and an exceptional lady with a strong conviction to her family, faith and to God. She will not be forgotten. Mrs. Neal was a member of Oakland Baptist Church. Burial will be at 1 p.m. On Aug 9, 2014, at Laurelwood Cemetery. A memorial service to celebrate Hazel's life will follow at 2 p.m. at Oakland Baptist Church, with Dr. Robert Shrum officiating. The family will receive friends after that service. The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff and caregivers at Carmel Hills Retirement Community and Elmcroft of Little Avenue. They embraced Hazel with loving hands and tender hearts and dedicated themselves to her comfort and care. For that, we are eternally grateful. The family would also like to express a special thank you to all of the caregivers through Hospice and Palliative Care Charlotte Region. Your assistance has been a blessed experience and has helped us through these final days of Hazel's journey. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Oakland Baptist Church, 1067 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill, SC 29732 or Hospice and Palliative Care Charlotte Region, 1420 E. Seventh St., Charlotte, NC 28204. Online condolences may be made at www.greenefuneralhome.net.
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Published in The Herald on Aug. 8, 2014