Hazel Stout Neely, 70, of Laurel Bloomery, Tenn., went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, from Watauga Medical Center in Boone, N.C., following an extended illness.
She was born in Carter County to the late James William and Valara Abagail Grindstaff. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, John Stout; a son, Ralph Lynn Stout; a daughter, Melinda Stout; and one step-daughter, Jill Stout.
Mrs. Neely was a homemaker and a member of Stateline Baptist Church in Laurel Bloomery. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary American Legion Post of Johnson County. She collected Angels and served as a foster parent for many years.
Survivors include her husband, Bill Neely, of the home; one daughter, Tanya Hardin and husband Matthew, Hampton; one step-daughter, Karen Matherly and husband James, Hampton; grandchildren, Gavin, Ian and Lindsay Hardin, Melanie O’Dell and husband Scott, Jonathan Matherly and wife Dana and Amanda Tester and husband Scott; and great-grandchildren, Anna Stout, Joe O’Dell, Marissa Tester and Mark Tester.
The funeral service for Mrs. Neely will be conducted at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at Union Baptist Church in Hampton with Rev. Mike Icenhour and Rev. Ronnie Campbell officiating. There will be a visitation at State Line Baptist Church, Laurel Bloomery, from noon until 2 p.m. Thursday and another visitation at Union Baptist Church from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, prior to the service; or at the residence of her daughter or husband at any time. The graveside service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, March 29, in the Union Baptist Church Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Matthew Hardin, Greg Trivett, Clay Neely, Jimmy Matherly, Scott Tester, C.B. Hardin, Jim Neely and Van Neely. Honorary pallbearers will be Ralph Hutto, John Arnold, D.J. Oliver and members of the Johnson County Honor Guard. Those wishing to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the church at 9:45 a.m. Friday. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 2335 Knob Creek Road, Suite 101, Johnson City, TN 37604. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.tetrickfuneralhome.com and signing the guest book or by fax to (423) 542-9499.
Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is serving the Neely family. Office: (423) 542-2232. Obituary Line: (423) 543-4917.