Virgil Wayne Hazelwood, 86, was born on Dec. 13, 1933, in El Dorado Springs, to Virgil Wyatt Hazelwood and Viola Mae (Hertzberg) Hazelwood and passed away on Jan. 30, 2020. He was Virgil and Viola’s oldest son and all knew him as Wayne.
Shortly after his birth the family moved to the family farm three miles north of El Dorado Springs. Wayne helped his father and mother with working and taking care of the livestock including cattle and hogs, as well as growing crops of corn and cane.
Wayne attended his first eight years of school at Forest Grove, a country one-room school house. Wayne, his younger sister, Laura Belle, and youngest brother, Wyatt, would walk one mile to school and a mile home in all kinds of weather.
During his high school years, Wayne played football and was also a member and participated with Future Farmers of America. He was a graduate of El Dorado Springs High School.
Shortly after traveling to Wyoming to work as a land surveyor, which he did for a couple of years, he then returned to the El Dorado Springs area.
Following his return, he worked construction as a brick layer, soon after, starting his own business, specializing in building homes which included a Housing Development west of El Dorado Springs named Hazelwood Addition.
In later years, Wayne retired in Walnut Ridge, AR, where he remained until his passing.
Wayne is survived by three daughters – Leesa and Robert Coulter of Stockton; Natasha and Jerry Coleman of Fayetteville, AR; and Cheryl Powers of Bartlesville, OK; sister, Laura Belle Clinton of Walker; sister-in-law, Mary Ann Hazelwood of Grandview; daughter-in-law, Beverly McKinley, of Deering, KS; his special and dear cousins, Larry and Carolyn West, Kenneth West, Jim and Sharon Lansing Hargrove, Peggy Sibley, Linda June Hertzberg, Donald and (Josephine) Hertzberg, Rosalyn Chambers, Milton Hertzberg, Dale Hertzberg, H.D. Bausch, Diane Corder and Laura Jane; grandchildren, Kaleb and Aubrey Coleman, Tanner, Dalton and Chloe Powers, Jenelle Woods, Jessica Barnett, Chance Coulter, Courtney Cross, Sawyer Coulter, Kimberly EuBanks, Kenny Wayne McKinley; and great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; cousins; and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother; one brother, Wyatt Henry Hazelwood; one brother-in-law, Bob Clinton Sr.; and one step son, Kenneth McKinley.
Services were held Tuesday, Feb. 4, in Sheldon Funeral Home, El Dorado Springs, with Stephen Zinn officiating. Music was “Making All Things New” and “Life Everlasting Is Promised.”
Interment was in El Dorado Springs Ciity Cemetery.