Hazel Arnold
Hazel Keith Arnold
  • 97 years old
  • Date of birth: Apr 30, 1920
  • Date of passing: Jul 29, 2017
Let the memory of Hazel be with us forever

Hazel Keith Arnold, 97 years old, widow of Paul Thompson Arnold of Creedmoor, NC, left her earthly body behind on Saturday, July 29, 2017. She was born on April 30, 1920, the oldest of seven children of Hubert R. and Lucy Etheridge Keith. She is survived by daughters Gayle A. Champion along with much-loved son-in-law Clifton A. Champion of Creedmoor, and Paulette K. Arnold of Ukiah, California; beloved grandson Jeffrey Alan Champion also of Ukiah; brother and sister-in-law Joe and Imogene Keith of Creedmoor and numerous extended family. Her granddaughter, Amy Katharine Champion, met her at heaven’s gate.

Hazel was born and lived in Creedmoor her entire life, leaving for the first time in July 1942 to travel by bus to Texas where she married Pvt. Paul Arnold. She was an active lifetime member of Fellowship Baptist Church, having accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior at the age of 9. During those years, she served as a Sunday School and Vacation Bible School teacher, choir member, church custodian and president of the flower committee responsible for seeing there were fresh flowers in the sanctuary each Sunday, many of which came from her own extensive garden. In recent years, Hazel especially enjoyed the fellowship meals and family gatherings of the church. Many thanks to those of you who provided the dishes she so much enjoyed, both at church and at home.

Hazel and Paul were schooled in being thrifty and recycling during the Great Depression and World War II. Those practices served them well their entire lives. Hazel worked hard beside Paul on the tobacco farm and at home -- growing and preserving food, milking the cow, churning butter, and slaughtering hogs. She loved to make homemade ice cream the old-fashioned way. She also loved to be creative, piecing and quilting over fifty quilts and crocheting hundreds of afghans and baby hats which she donated to Haitian orphans.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m., Tuesday, August 1, 2017, at the Eakes Funeral Chapel in Creedmoor by Rev. Dan Hill and Rev. Buddy Ritter. Burial will follow in Carolina Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be held August 1, 2017, 12:30-2 p.m., at Eakes Funeral Home, and at other times at the home.

Flowers or contributions to Fellowship Baptist Church, 1512 Beaver Dam Road, Creedmoor NC 27522, or Duke HomeCare & Hospice, 4321 Medical Park Drive in Durham are appreciated.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Ginny Champion Bradshaw on 8th August 2017

"Paulette, Gayle and Wayne so sorry to hear your sweet mother will be missed, may the God of comfort be with each of you. She was a loving example of Jesus to me at Fellowship Baptist Church."

This tribute was added by Dorothy Watson on 1st August 2017

"Deepest sympathy in your loss.  Hazel was such a sweet person.  Always so welcoming through the years when I would visit Fellowship BC with my brother (Billy Roberts).  Praying for your family."

This tribute was added by viers janet on 1st August 2017

"You will be missed sweet lady. Enjoyed meeting you at senior center and all the Bingo's we played.  You were one of a kind and always smiling and a wonderful person. God bless"

This tribute was added by Larry & Peggy Jackson on 1st August 2017

"Hazel was one of the sweetest people I know. She always had that smile, and was always glad to see you. I know she is going to be missed by everyone. Hazel and my mother was very good friends, they was always there for each other. Gail you and your family are in our prayers, just keep those memories close to you heart. GOD will carry you through.  Love Ya:Peggy and Larry"

This tribute was added by amy greene on 31st July 2017

"What a true blessing it was to have known Mrs. Arnold. Such a sweet woman who truly loves the Lord. All our love and prayers for the family. May she rest in peace.
Amy, David , Rianne and Ryan Greene"

This tribute was added by Elaine Thompson on 31st July 2017

"I will not be with you at the funeral. I am still at the beach."

This tribute was added by Judy Breedlove on 31st July 2017

"Paulette, Wayne and I are so sorry to hear of your loss.  Our thoughts and prayers will be with you and all of your family.  She was always such as sweet lady and had a beautiful smile!"

This tribute was added by deborah keith on 31st July 2017

"Hazel was a great & sweet lady I have known her since I was a child and went to church with her at Fellowship Church, our joke between us was that we went to the funeral home to see everybody, I guess it was because we were Keith's and we kin to or knew so many people. I'm sure going to miss her  at our family cook outs. God Bless each of you and may you have peace with all the years and memories you have of her. Deborah Keith & Family"

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Lynn Cox


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