Hazel Akins James LUBBOCK-Hazel Akins James, 90, of Lubbock passed peacefully into her Heavenly Father's arms on Feb. 15, 2014. Services for Hazel will be at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Sanders Memorial Chapel with the Reverend Kyle Brock officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Her family will receive friends at Sanders Funeral Home on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 from 6-7 p.m. Hazel was born Nov. 16, 1923 in Bells, Texas to Eddie and Jessie Akins. She was the youngest of 10 children and grew up during the Great Depression. Her family moved to the Lubbock area in 1925. Hazel married Macon D. James on October 5, 1940, in Post, Texas. She graduated from New Deal High School in 1942, where she was an avid basketball player. For the last two years of high school, Macon drove the school bus and they took it home each night. She was a member of the New Deal First United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents; her siblings; and her husband in 1998. Loved ones include her son, Doug James and wife Kathy of Seguin; daughter, Patti Jones of Lubbock; four grandchildren, Toby James of Plano; Jeni Patton and husband Jeff of Keller; Chad Jones of San Francisco, Casey Jones and wife Lacy of Lubbock; four great-grandchildren, Max and Mason Patton and Taylor and Amberleigh Bean-Brown. Hazel had always been a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother and caregiver. She excelled at everything she took upon herself. Hazel enjoyed reading, painting, needlework, cooking, gardening, canning, and her family. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to the New Deal United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 206 New Deal, TX 79350.
Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal from Feb. 17 to Feb. 18, 2014
Sanders Funeral Home
1420 Main St Lubbock, TX 79401