GREENVILLE - Hazel Taylor Cox was born on Sept. 25, 1911, and passed away peacefully on Jan. 17, 2013, at the age of 101.
The funeral service will be conducted Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. in the Wilkerson Funeral Chapel, 2100 E. Fifth Street in Greenville, presided by Rev. Daniel Earnhardt. Family visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the funeral hour. A graveside service will be at 3 p.m. in Onslow Memorial Park at Jacksonville. Attendees are invited to either of the services.
She previously lived at Richlands, Raleigh and Greenville before her admission to a skilled nursing facility in 2009. She was the last child of the late Pascal Taylor and the late Willie Jarman Taylor of Jones County. Her brothers and sisters, Gladys Taylor MacLaurin of Selma, Cecil Taylor of Hubert, Melvin Taylor of Portland, Ore., and Mary Lily Taylor Simmons of Richlands predeceased her.
Hazel is survived by two married children: Hugh D. Cox, Jr., and wife, Louise Cox, of Greenville and Betsy Cox Morris and husband, Tracy G. Morris, of Wilmington. Her grandchildren were Kevin Cox and wife, Beth, of Mechanicsville, Va.; Holly M. Reynolds of Wilmington; Darren Cox and wife, Jolin, of Laguna Hills, Calif.; John Morris and wife, Nicole, of Charlotte; and Trevor Cox and wife, Kathryn, of Long Beach, Calif. Eight great-grandchildren survive her.
A native of Jones County, Hazel grew up as a member of Tuckahoe Disciples of Christ Church near Comfort and graduated from Richlands High School in 1927. U.S. Army Warrant Officer Hugh Cox of Richlands married her in 1941. She was a member of the Eastern Star. After moving to Raleigh in 1957, her work included retail sales, customer relations for Hayes Barton Cleaners, and a contract clerk for the North Carolina General Assembly. She continued to work beyond age 80. Her Raleigh residences were on Fairview Road and Mills Street. She was a founding member of Raleigh's Sunset Hills Disciples of Christ Church in 1957.
In 1996, Hazel moved to Greenville. Her devoted friends visited her at Quail Ridge to exchange personal stories. Spiritual growth, family, and cultivating friends were her passions. She moved to Britthaven/Ayden Court Nursing home in 2009 at age 98. She received medical care until her death over the next three years from the nursing home staff and Dr. Meena Murphy, M.D.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Continuum Home Care and Hospice at 404 M. Plaza Blvd., Kinston, NC 28501.
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