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Hazel Cobb Keyes Carson

Hazel Cobb Keyes Carson, of Crystal Springs, was born in Laurel on May 11, 1925. She left us too soon on July 13, 2020, at 95 years young. Please join our family as we celebrate her freedom from pain and her blessed arrival at the table of Jesus Christ. Peace has found her.
Mother to many children – three of whom she bore physically – and others that forever held that same special place in her heart. She was the bright light within our family and for many others outside of it. Hazel was an awesome example of a fiercely independent woman with a strong sense of justice and fairness; she had a soft heart for children and the mistreated. She instilled the values of work, discipline, and fair dealing in all of us. She taught us of God’s grace, love of family, respect for others, and how to persevere through difficult circumstances. She held our hands when we were scared and held us accountable (see switch/feel switch) when we had forgotten our way.
We are forever grateful for the memories of how she always made each of us feel needed, important, trusted, and loved. Those that knew her best would say that she loved – but most importantly lived her life – to serve others. To bring out the mean Hazel, all you needed to do was mistreat one of hers or violate her sense of fairness.
When sweet people pass, it leaves a forever hole in your heart – an empty space that cannot be refilled except by the legacy they leave behind. Our mother’s legacy is written in the lives she changed and the beautiful memories of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Hazel Cobb Keyes Carson created a huge, extended family outside our immediate family that she loved like her own – she left no doubt that you were special to her. She is survived by all that knew her best, but particularly the following immediate family members: children, Gary Ronald Keyes, Linda Keyes, Patricia Lovett Sumrall, Terri Keyes Howell, Libby Alford, Randy Keyes, and Sheila Keyes; grandchildren, Leslie Keyes Colwell, Jennifer Jaye Gaddy Abarr, Keith Davis, Amy Davis Henry, Cassie Williams, Whitney White, Sarah Keyes Jeffords, Natalie Keyes Adams, and Kelli Keyes Campbell; great-grandchildren, Madison Abarr, Graham Abarr, Kate Henry, Bryce Henry, Audrey Layne Henry, Max Henry, Elizabeth Davis, James Davis, Brynlee Colwell, Tanner Colwell, John Mark Jeffords, Rhodes Jeffords, Blake Adams, Vera Hazel Adams, Alfred Adams, Trooper Williams, Grayson White, Jackson White, Alex White, and Luke White; sister and brother, Merry Cobb Lowry and Kenneth L. (Sonny) Cobb; beloved sister-in-law, Mildred Walker; and brother-in-law, Gerald Keyes.
Hazel was predeceased by her mother and father, Nannie Mae Cobb and John Joubert Cobb; brother, Lester Cobb; our father, Norman Joshua Keyes Jr.; and by Louis Terrell Carson – and almost everyone in her age group from Copiah and Jones counties.
A funeral service was held July 18 at Stringer Family Chapel. Mother will be buried beside our father and her mother at Pilgrims Rest Cemetery. Stringer Family Funeral Services of Crystal Springs handled arrangements.
Memorials in her name are at the discretion of the patron. She was a member of Crystal Springs United Methodist Church and Mount Pleasant Methodist Church.