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Hazel Maxine White


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Hazel Maxine White

Memphis, TN

Hazel Maxine Kerr White, 91, gladly went home to be with her Lord and Savior just two days shy of her 92nd birthday. Born February 23rd 1925 she was a proud Texan from Kerrville. At 18 she was employed at Lackland Air Force Base, building rocker arms for the planes made there and used during the war. After these planes were fully assembled, she'd hop in the cockpit and take them up for a quick test flight before they were put into service. After the war, she put herself through cosmetology school and joined Frost Brothers salon in San Antonio where she was "top manicurist" and later went on to be "one of the best hair benders they had". A friend and mutual clotheshorse, Donita White, introduced her to Donita's brother Tim, a stickler for proper car maintenance. The two started dating and Tim soon discovered the only car maintenance Hazel ever performed was keeping the driver's seat dusted off with the back of one of her new dresses. One day after examining the "tar" on the end of her car's oil dip stick, he asked, "how long has it been since you had your oil changed?" to which she replied, "I didn't know the oil had to be changed." The girl could help build a plane and then fly it, but car maintenance was not on the radar. After six months, the two were wed and spent 51 years building the kind of solid marriage most people only dream of. While devoted to her husband and family, the center of her life was Jesus Christ and her daily life was a spiritual encouragement to many. Hazel is preceded in death by her husband Tim and daughter Bethny. In addition to her parents, Hazel is also preceded in death by all her siblings, sisters Jesse, Wilma and Jean and her brother Claude. She is survived by her son Timothy and granddaughter Lindsey. There will be a memorial service in her honor at Holy Cross Episcopal Church in West Memphis, AR to be announced at a later date.
Published in The Commercial Appeal on Feb. 26, 2017
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