Thursday, May 30, 2013

SPC Tommy Hazelwood, United States Army Veteran

Tommy Hazelwood was born July 4, 1952 in Daviess County, Kentucky.  He passed away May 10, 2013 at the age of 60.  Tommy was a resident of Copperas Cove, Texas at the time of his death.  He had suffered extensive injuries in a job site accident in October, 2012, and succumbed to those injuries.

Tommy proudly served his country as a Specialist in the United States Army.

Tommy loved to work on cars, especially Firebirds and Trans Ams.

On May 21 an inurnment service was held at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Killeen, Texas.  When the family arrived, they were greeted by the Patriot Guard Riders and fifty American flags.

A container with Tommy's cremains was placed on a simple folding table in the committal shelter, and the Riders formed a line of flags along the front of the shelter.

The family decided to forego the traditional military honors, and sat quietly in the shelter for a few minutes.  They then formed a prayer circle around  Tommy's cremains, and one of the family offered a brief, emotional prayer.

The cremains of Tommy Hazelwood were then placed into a niche of the columbarium wall and sealed for all of eternity.

The American flag flew at the top of the cemetery hill in his honor.

Left to cherish his memory are two sons, two daughters 12 brothers and sister, 8 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

With thanks to Hewett-Arney Funeral Home for biographical information and to Ceej Foy for additional photograph.

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