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Hazel Stout Neely, 70, of Laurel Bloomery, TN went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 from Watauga Medical Center in Boone, NC, following an extended illness. She was born in Carter County, to the late James William and Valara Abagail Grindstaff. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, John Stout; a son, Ralph Lynn Stout; a daughter, Melinda Stout; and a one step-daughter, Jill Stout.
Mrs. Neely was a homemaker and a member of Stateline Baptist Church in Laurel Bloomery. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary American Legion Post of Johnson County. She collected angels and served as a foster parent for many years.
Survivors include her husband, Bill Neely, of the home; one daughter, Tanya Hardin and husband Matthew, Hampton; one step-daughter, Karen Matherly and husband James, Hampton; grandchildren, Gavin, Ian, and Lindsay Hardin, Melanie O’Dell and husband Scott, Jonathan Matherly and wife Dana, and Amanda Tester and husband Scott; great grandchildren, Anna Stout, Joe O’Dell, Marissa Tester, and Mark Tester.
The funeral service for Mrs. Neely was conducted at 7:00 PM on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at Union Baptist Church in Hampton, with Rev. Mike Icenhour and Rev. Ronnie Campbell, officiating. There was a visitation at State Line Baptist Church, Laurel Bloomery from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM on Thursday and another visitation at Union Baptist Church from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM, prior to the service.
The graveside service was conducted at 10:00 AM on Friday, March 29, 2013 in the Union Baptist Church Cemetery. Active pallbearers were Matthew Hardin, Greg Trivett, Clay Neely, Jimmy Matherly, Scott Tester, C.B. Hardin, Jim Neely, and Van Neely. Honorary pallbearers will be Ralph Hutto, John Arnold, D.J. Oliver, and members of Johnson County Honor Guard.
Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers, may make donations to St. Jude’s Chidlren’s Hospital, 2335 Knob Creek Road, Suite 101, Johnson City, TN 37604.
Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting and signing the guest book. Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton is serving the Neely family.