Hazel Butler Ethridge, loving wife, mother and grandmother went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, April 10, 2018. She was born on April 3, 1932 in Barrow County but spent most of her life in Gwinnett County. Hazel graduated from Dacula High School in 1949 where she played basketball and won the Atlanta Journal’s Top Girls’ Athlete Trophy her senior year. Her point total while on the basketball team was 1300. In 1951, she married James T. Ethridge, and they had one daughter in 1956. Hazel and J.T. enjoyed many camping and fishing trips with family and friends over the years. She was a wonderful cook and was always baking items to bring to friends and those in need. Walking was one of her favorite pastimes, and she continued to walk at Sunrise Assisted Living, counting the laps she made along the hallways. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Lawrenceville since 1957. Hazel worked in the accounting field beginning at the Hoover Company for 10 years, at Vantress Farms, Inc. for 20 years and then Southeast Culvert for a number of years. After her days of full-time employment, she worked part-time at Williams’ Dress Shop for 10 years and Sheila’s Consignment shop for 12 years, both in Lawrenceville. Hazel also served as the Sunday School Secretary at First Baptist Church of Lawrenceville from 1973 until 2013. She also served as a volunteer at Gwinnett Medical Center for 12 years. Hazel is preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, James T. Ethridge; mother, Annie Lou McClung Butler; father, W.O. Butler; step-mother, Willie Butler; mother-in-law, Nellie Ethridge; both grandparents; a special aunt and uncle, Mollie Butler and Johnnie Butler; brothers and sisters, Evelyn B. King, Vernon Butler, Lola B. Danforth, William “Bill” Butler, Barbara B. Martin, Geraldine B. Everett, John Perry Butler, Garvin Butler, Wanda B. Paden; brothers-in-law, Thomas King and Marcus Martin; and sister-in-law, Juanita Butler Hazel is survived by her loving daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and Bill Thompson; her wonderful grandsons, Bryan Thompson and Ben Thompson (Samantha Reff); and her grand-dog, Molly. She is also survived by her sisters, Joy and Raburn Peevy, Connie and Rev. Trenton Swanson, Shirley and Billy Paden; brother, Ronnie and Carol Butler; sisters-in-law, Carolyn Butler Tallent, Carlene Butler and Bessie Ethridge Kirby; brothers-in-law, George Danforth and Rev. L.T. Everett; and many nieces and nephews. A funeral service to honor Hazel’s life will be held on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. in the chapel of Wages & Sons Gwinnett location with Dr. Lamar Holley and Rev. Inman Houston officiating. Interment will follow the service at Gwinnett Memorial Park. The family will receive friends on Sunday, April 15, 2018 beginning at 12:00 and continuing until the time of the service. The family would like to thank MeSun Hospice and Sunrise Assisted Living for assisting with her care since November. The family would also like to thank her in-home caregivers prior to her move to assisted living – Brenda Autry, Yvonne Caldwell, Melissa Stevens and Marcie Michelotti – mother loved you all.

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  1. My thoughts and prayers to the family. Mrs. Ethridge was such a nice person and she will be missed. Ginn

  2. Cindy and family so very sorry to hear of Hazel’s passing. I have fond memories of her being our neighbor. She was a sweet lady and loved you all so much. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

  3. Acts 24:15 helps us to appreciate that there will be a ressurection and soon we will be reunited with our loved ones again my my thoughts and prayers are with your family

  4. So sorry to hear of Hazel’s passing. She was a sweet lady and a wonderful volunteer at Gwinnett Medical Center for many years serving at the Information Desk in Lawrenceville. We always enjoyed her wonderful chocolate candy that she would make at Christmas.

    Prayers for her family.

    Cynthia Chandler
    Director of Volunteer Services
    Gwinnett Medical Center

  5. So Sorry to hear of Hazel s death. She was a good friend while she was volunteering at the hospital. I’m still using several of her recipes. Thoughts and prayers for all the family.

  6. Many fond memories of Hazel from when I was in high school and we shared the same appointment time at Grace’s Beauty Salon and we had a “friendly” Central/ Dacula basketball rivalry. I would enjoy running into Hazel from time to time when I would visit in Lawrenceville. In 2002 Mother was in the hospital after surgery for at least one week at Gwinnett Medical Center and one morning I dragged in the hospital after very little sleep to relieve a caregiver and there were two friendly faces greeting me: Hazel and Peggy Britt. Really brightened my day! RIP and prayers for Hazel’s family.

  7. I’ve known Ms. Hazel since I was a little girl I live on her street and my sister cleaned for her. She was a sweet lady that loved her walks, she was always very kind! Her friends and family are in my prayers. Always remember she is gone but never forgotten. RIP beautiful angel!

  8. So sorry to hear of Hazel’s passing. We enjoyed many good times with them & Mark & Barbara many years ago. Hazel was a very kind & thoughtful lady. Prayers for the family

  9. Cindy & Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Hazel was more than a friend, she was like a mother to me. She will be greatly missed by everyone whose life she touched. At times of great loss, God gives us great peace, love & mercy. May his mercy surround you & give you strength. Thank goodness for our precious memories. Know that we are lifting your family up in our prayers. The Hinton Family {Bo, Kathy & Clint}

  10. Cindy & Family, We are so sorry for your loss. We have lots of sweet memories of Hazel. Thinking of you with Sympathy and Prayers during this difficult time.
    The Wright Family (Jimmy & Ruth)

  11. Cindy & Family, I’m so sorry to hear about Hazel’s death. I loved her so much. I have so many memories of the years we spent camping together. She always made me feel welcome to the Butler family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  12. I had so many wonderful memories with you and you will never be forgotten…you were an amazing woman and we loved you very much!

  13. Hazel’s big friendly smile was such an asset & blessing when she’d greet ya. I recall first meeting her with my grandmother, while on the Square w/Betty & Peggy. She sure loved you, Cindy & your 3-B’s. May you find best comfort with all the wonderful memories near 29 & beyond. God Bless.

  14. Cindy I am so sorry for your loss. I believe I only met your Mom once but have only heard kind words of her. I’m sure she will be missed by many. Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time.

  15. Love to Cindy and Bill. Cindy your mother was a true Southern Lady and I loved having her as a neighbor.

  16. I will miss this special lady. We were neighbors for many, many years. She was a beautiful spirit.

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