Hazel Dean Simpson Wilson was born in Dixie, Ga on June 11, 1932 to Mr. and Mrs. James Daniel (Mr. J.D. and Miss Nellie Alexander) Simpson. She departed this life March 8, 2020 after a brief illness.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Robert Gerald “Bobby/R.G.” Wilson; her son, Gary Robert Wilson, and her parents. Hazel is survived by her children, Cheryl Wilson (Sherwood) Denmark, Dennis Mitchell Wilson (Donna Edmondson), Terry Alan Wilson (Marsy Morgan), and Kevin Gerald Wilson (Shannon Morgan) all of Quitman. She is grandmother to eighteen grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren, Wren Denmark (Don) Orsini, Suzanne Wilson (Matt) Howell, Justin Mitchell (Lorianne) Wilson, Kelly Wilson (Joel) Beaty, Asher Sheffield (Lauren) Denmark, Brandon Scott (Karen) Wilson, Garrett Cole (Casie) Wilson, Rachel Wilson (Nick) Hampton, Katie McKenna Wilson, Andrew McClay Wilson, Emily Kate Wilson, Addison Blair Wilson, Samuel Levi Wilson, Alexia Leigh Wilson, Aliyah Reese Wilson, Kole Timothy Wilson, Kade Nicholas Wilson, and Zoe McKenna Wilson; great grandchildren, Wilson McCade Beaty, Owen Anthony Orsini, Annie Claire Orsini, Mackenzie Grace Wilson, Madison Faith Wilson, Harris Sherwood Orsini, Macey Hope Wilson, Charleston Grace Wilson, Harlan Kennedy Denmark, Jackson Lee Denmark, William Cash Wilson, and Cowan Scott Wilson.
Hazel spent her formative years in Detroit, Michigan, where her father was employed in the automobile industry during the depression and built tanks for the military during World War II. In the summers they visited family in Brooks County. When she was 13 years old her family returned to Dixie where she attended Dixie High School.
After her high school graduation, she married the love of her life, Bobby Wilson. They wed on January 1, 1950 and they had five children together. Hazel and Bobby ran Seven W (7W) Ranches in Quitman. They enjoyed entertaining customers, friends, and family at their cherished farm house on Country Club Road. She and Bobby lovingly and painstakingly renovated and took enormous pride in.
After Bobby’s death in 1991, she became a paraprofessional at Quitman Elementary School continuing to teach small children as she loved to do. She also was curator of the Quitman Brooks County Museum and Cultural Center. Hazel thrived on sharing the history of her home to visitors and finding new family connections to our families.
Hazel was a faithful member of Quitman First Baptist Church when her children were growing up. She taught four year old children in Sunday School and music at First Baptist Kindergarten. Hazel and Bobby became active members of Evangel Assemblies of God in Valdosta, and later New Life Assemblies of God in Quitman, where Bobby was instrumental in constructing the sanctuary. After Bobby’s death, Hazel found her way back to her beloved Quitman First Baptist Church, where she was an active member until her death.
Hazel has always had a strong love of the Lord and was excited to join her loved ones in Beulah Land. She was content with a long and fulfilled life here on earth and was “ready.”
A memorial service will be held Thursday March 12, 2020 at 12:30 p.m. at Quitman First Baptist Church with Rev. Steve Shierling officiating. The family will be receiving friends at 11:00 a.m. at the church. A private interment will be held at Dixie Cemetery at a later time for the family.
In lieu of flowers, she would love for you to contribute to the cause dearest to her heart, the restoration of her beloved Liberty Baptist Church of Grooverville, GA. You may make direct deposits to Ameris Bank account #13110 or make check payable to: Liberty Baptist Church of Grooverville, Inc., c/o of Janice Jamison, 1969 Grooverville Road, Dixie, GA 31629.
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