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Hazel Tippett Kelly
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Obituary for Hazel Tippett Kelly

Mrs. Hazel Tippett Kelly, long time Faison resident, was welcomed into God's presence Friday afternoon, January 12, 2018, while at Universal Healthcare in Lillington. Death came for her unexpectedly even at 96 years of age.

Mrs. Hazel, a true Faison icon, had served the town as town clerk for many years. She was a member of Faison Baptist Church and was active in many functions of the church. Remembered for her zest for life, she truly was an amazing lady, fiercely independent, and maintained her own residence until the age of 95. Known as "Hazey" by grandchildren and family, she possessed a sweet, jovial, and gracious spirit, and was thankful in all things. A classy, well-dressed Faisonite, she was a true Southern belle.

Family, friends, and townspeople will gather on Wednesday, January 17, at 3 p.m. to celebrate her long and happy life. Services will be at Faison Baptist Church and will be led by Pastor Andy Beard and Pastor Paul Rose, followed by burial in Faison Cemetery. Visitation will be at the church prior to the service, beginning at 1 p.m. Memorials may be made to Faison Baptist Church, PO Box 280, Faison NC 28341.

Surviving family members include a daughter, Linda Kelly Sutton of Goldsboro; a son, Robert Stanley Kelly, Jr. and wife, Gayle F. Kelly of Benson; seven grandchildren, Dawn Phillips of Southern Pines, Eldon Dwight Sutton, Jr. and wife, Gwen, of Goldsboro, Robert Stanley Kelly III of Faison, Kyle C. Kelly of Fuquay-Varina, Tiffany Farthling, Robert Farthling, and Justin Farthling, all of Benson; and ten great-grandchildren.

Loved ones who preceded her in death include her husband, Robert Stanley Kelly; her parents, Otwell F. Tippett and Maleta Pate Tippett; a brother, Earl Tippett; and two sisters, Edna Rhodes and Shula Marian McGhee.


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