Hazel S. Clark

Published 10:29 am Monday, October 30, 2023

BRANCHVILLE – Hazel Shearin Clark, 91, best known as “Big Mama,” passed away on Oct. 22, 2023 in Moses Lake, Washington. Born in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, she was a daughter of the late Norman Walter Shearin and Lillian Little Shearin. She was also predeceased by her husband, Lewis Webb Clark; a daughter, Deborah Clark Coker; a great-granddaughter infant, Elizabeth Leigh Stillwell; three sisters, Dorothy

Hazel S. Clark

Davis, Evelyn DiCologero and Thelma Morgan and two brothers, Norman and Winfield Shearin.

Left to cherish her memory are two daughters, Judy Adams (Danny) of Moses Lake, Washington and Brenda O’Neal (Gene) of Edenton, North Carolina; a son Lewis Kent Clark (Joyce) of Bloomingdale, GA; a sister, Edna Jones (Bobby) of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina; and several nieces and nephews. She was very blessed with 12 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren, all of whom she adored and loved with all her heart.

Hazel, “Big Mama,” married in 1948 and moved to Branchville, where they raised four children and several foster children. She was best known as a strong Christian woman and the love she showed to everyone. She enjoyed square dancing, clogging, playing cards and quilting. Hazel enjoyed doing fundraisers to raise money to help in building the Branchville Baptist Church. She was very active in the Branchville Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary until her health started to decline. Hazel, along with her husband, were the stew masters for the Fire Department in Branchville for many years.

She was a woman of faith. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her pride and joy. She was happiest having all her family together for a meal and fellowship and will be truly missed.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4, in Wright Funeral Home, 206 West 4th Avenue in Franklin with the Rev. Raymond Bunn officiating. Burial will follow in Beechwood Cemetery in Boykins, Virginia.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service in the funeral home and suggests in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.