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HAZLETT, Rev. F. Ray Hazlett

HAZLETT - Rev. F. Ray (Francis) Passed away Friday, March 16, 2018 at CHI Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, TN. He was born in Queens, NY on April 1, 1931 to Dr. Ray William Hazlett and Emma Frances Hazlett (McCord). Being a double junior (Frances + Ray) and born on April Fool's Day predestined him to be a person full of humor and a prankster at heart. Preceding him in death, including his parents, are his brothers, Richard William Hazlett, Theodore McCord Hazlett, Don Phillip Hazlett, and his sister, Mildred Jean Blowers. His son, Mark Andrew Hazlett, also preceded him. Ray is survived by a sister, Carol Joanne Venuto and two sisters-in-law, Grace Ladonna Hazlett (Brentlinger) and Jean Ellen Hazlett (Weadon). Surviving offspring includes two sons, Thomas Alan Hazlett with spouse Rhonda Hazlett (Smith) and Rev. Dr. Timothy Dwight Hazlett with his spouse Lori Jo Hazlett (Fenton); grandchildren are Bryon Alan Hazlett, Britney Michelle Hazlett with Matthew Ryan Gillenwater, Alex Fenton Hazlett, and Andrew Forrest Hazlett; two great-granddaughters, Paislie Hope Scott, and Brodie Roslyn Gillenwater. Before Ray was school age, his family moved further out on Long Island residing in the Syosset/Glen Cove, NY area which was closer to his grandparents with his grandfather working on the Tiffany estate as a carpenter. While he was still an adolescent, the family moved to Houghton, NY in the western part of the state where his father was a professor and served as dean at the local Christian College. Ray served in the U.S. Army from 1953-1954 and received the Bronze Star for meritorious service in Korea. After his military service he attended Houghton College, graduating in 1958. He then went into the seminary at Alfred University in Alfred, NY, graduating in 1963. He was ordained in 1959. His journey as a pastor began while he was still in college. As an Elder in the United Methodist Church he served his entire career in the former Western New York Conference. He was posted to charges throughout western New York and the greater Buffalo area until his retirement in 1996. With his ministry he was always active in the local communities he served. With his retirement he stayed very active and enjoyed the community where he retired, eventually being elected as mayor of Williamsville, NY in 2003. He was only able to serve a portion of his term due to the onset of a serious illness. He adjusted well to the ongoing treatment for his illness and spent the remainder of his retirement living as a resident for several years in each community where his surviving sons had settled. First in Amherst, VA (Timothy has since relocated) and finally in Cleveland, TN (Thomas). This provided many memorable years for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well as the rest of the family. A family and friends condolence visitation will be held at the Companion Funeral Chapel at 2415 Georgetown Road, Cleveland, TN on April 5, 2018 from 6-8 PM. A Celebration of Life event is scheduled for July 6, 2018 at the Williamsville United Methodist Church in Williamsville, NY at 11:00 AM. Interment will be in the family plot at the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery outside Houghton, NY. This will be an informal family event scheduled at another time. Ray was an active member in the American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP). In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations at or mail to: AAKP 14440 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. TAMPA, FL 33613.

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