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Louise Best Hatch
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Obituary for Louise Best Hatch

Mrs. Louise Best Hatch, long time Mount Olive resident, passed away Sunday night, December 10, 2017 at the age of 91.

Having been raised up in Calypso Baptist Church and baptized there, she became a member of First United Methodist Church of Mount Olive many years ago. Here, she sang in the choir and offered her time and talents in many capacities through the years. She had been a member of the Mount Olive Business and Professional Women's group and was named as its Lady of the Year some years ago. She enjoyed travel and in later years, her association with the Mount Olive Senior Center where she truly enjoyed playing her hand at bean bag baseball.

She attended Peace College and later received a master's degree in education from East Carolina University. Her career in education began as teacher at Grantham and Brogden Schools, then as principal at Seven Springs School, culminating with a position in the central office of Wayne County Public Schools.

Mrs. Hatch is survived by a son, Joe Hatch of Mount Olive and Roanoke Rapids; a daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Rob Blount of Petersburg, Va.; two grandchildren, Meredith B. Cherry and husband, Andrew, of Austin, Texas, and Paige Blount of Stanford, Va.; and a great-grandson, Lucas Cherry.
The family extends a special note of appreciation to Angie Sides for exemplary care and committment to the needs of Mrs. Hatch during the last several months.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Delbert Ray Hatch; her parents, Charles Russell Best and Leah Sellars Best; and an infant brother.

The life of Mrs. Hatch will be celebrated in a service to be held Friday, December 15, at 2 p.m.at First United Methodist Church, corner of East James and North Church Streets, Mount Olive. Dr. H. Dennis Draper, Jr. and the Rev. Marti Hatch will officiate, and burial will follow at Wayne Memorial Park. The family will greet friends in the church library during the hour before the service.

In lieu of flowers, it is desired that memorial gifts be made to First United Methodist Church, PO Box 420, Mount Olive NC 28365.

A Tyndall Service.


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