Jan. 9, 2021
Hazel Lucille Pitts King transitioned from her earthly life on Jan. 9. She was born in Gray to the parentage of Mary Jane Redding and Henry Pitts. At the age of two, she was adopted by her loving parents, Eula Pitts Morgan and Claude Morgan, all of whom preceded her in death. Hazel was also preceded in death by her three brothers, Clyde and Carlton Morgan and Samuel Pitts.
She attended Jones County Public Schools and graduated from Maggie Calif High School in 1970. Hazel went on to matriculate at Fort Valley State College (University) in Georgia.
Hazel began her work life at the Jones County Extension Office in Gray. In pursuit of a better career, she moved to Detroit, Michigan and began working at Detroit Cadillac. She worked there for many years until she was injured. Several years later, she moved back to Georgia to be closer to her family. Hazel went on to work as a Kindergarten paraprofessional at Gray Elementary School. During this time, she developed a love for painting seasonal t-shirts.
During her time in Detroit, Hazel met the love of her life, James King. On Sept. 4,1993, Hazel and James were married. He preceded her in death.
Hazel is survived by two sisters-in-law, Virginia James Morgan of Macon and Geraldine Black Morgan Thomas of Gray; two nephews, Darryl Morgan of Snellville and Keith (Celicia) Morgan of Gray; three nieces, Carlita Morgan of Gray, Darice Morgan Oliver of Macon, and Alicia (Ronnie) Morgan Pitts of Gray; a devoted cousin, Vernetta Haney of Ferndale, MI; and a host of relatives and friends.
A memorial was held on Saturday, February 13, at Black Memorial Family Cemetery.