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Leonard L. Hazelwood Jr., 1924 – 2008

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 Leonard Hazelwood, Jr., was born Dec. 14, 1924, in Newport News, Va., to Ethel and Leonard L. Hazelwood, Sr. Rev. Hazelwood served in the Virginia Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church for 42 years. He served the Isle of Wight Charge; Sterling Charge; St. Mark’s, Manassas; Walmsley Blvd., Richmond; Ferebee-Halstead, Norfolk; St. Thomas, Manassas; and he retired from Foundry, Virginia Beach in 1992. After retirement, he served Messiah and Great Bridge in Chesapeake as a visiting minister.
 The Rev. Leonard L. Hazelwood, Jr., died on May 21, 2008, in Chesapeake. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Ray Hazelwood. He is survived by his wife and best friend of 52 years, Harriette M. Hazelwood; his sisters, Ella H. Brooks and Betty H. Schoolar; and his brother, James Hazelwood, and wife Ginny. He is also survived by a host of nieces and nephews, plus some very special adopted nieces and nephews in West Virginia and Pennsylvania.
 He will be greatly missed by those who loved and knew him. Leonard lived his life true to his favorite saying, “Life is not a journey to the grave with intention of arriving safely in a pretty well-preserved body, but rather to skid broadside, thoughtfully used up, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming, ‘Wow, what a ride!’ ”
— Harriette Hazelwood


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