BARTAHATCHIE-CALEDONIA - Hazel
Banks Walters Reed went home to be with Jesus
Friday, February 23 at 10:40 p.m. Hazel Banks
was born May 16, 1929, to James Bartley Walters
and Alma Verdie Rhee Box Walters in the
Bartahatchie Community, Monroe County,
Mississippi. She was preceded in death by her
parents, her one brother, James Walters, Jr.,
and a very dear friend Clayton 'Bud' Jones.
Mrs. Reed graduated from Greenwood Springs
High School in
1947 and attended Wood Junior College. She
received her B.S. degree from Mississippi State
College in 1950 and began a long career in
education the next year at Ellison Ridge High
School in Winston County. She taught at Slate
Springs High School in Calhoun County, Hamilton
High School in Monroe County before moving to
Patterson, Louisiana where she taught for 13
years in the St. Mary Parrish schools. She moved
back to Monroe County and taught at Hamilton
High School from the fall of 1966 until
retirement in 1992. She received her Master of
Science degree from the University of Alabama in
1971. Her dedication to the field of education
allowed her to impact many students and because
of the longevity in Monroe County, she was able
to teach the third generations of some families.
Mrs. Reed also served as senior sponsor and Beta
Club sponsor for numerous years. During her
years at Hamilton High School she was named Star
Teacher on four different occasions. In 2005,
she received the Hamilton Community Outstanding
Mrs. Reed has three
children: James T. Reed (Kathy) from Hamilton,
Mississippi, Verdie Cile Reed Williams (Keith)
from Laurelville, Ohio and Carlene Reed Hooper
(Mike) from Chelsea, Alabama. All three of her
children followed her footsteps in education
with each receiving master’s degrees and
teaching more than thirty years each. She has
fivegrandchildren: Katie Reed Ji (Chong), Jarrod
Williams (Jen), Morgan Hooper Drinkard (Rob),
Kassidy Reed Briggs (Nathan) and Meredith Hooper
Snider (Justin) and six great grandchildren:
Liliana Williams, Emory Drinkard, Kaelyn Ji,
William Drinkard, Annie Reed Briggs and Madison
Williams. Three of the grandchildren have also
followed their grandmother in the teaching
Sulphur Springs Primitive
Baptist Church was a very important part of Mrs.
Reed’s life as she became a member in 1943 and
served as the church clerk for 39 years.
Mrs. Reed was an active part of the community
by being a member of the Bartahatchie
Homemaker’s Club and the Bartahatchie RCDC. She
was also a member of the National Society of
Daughters of American Colonists.
lived by the motto: “Lord, grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change, the
courage to change the things I can, and the
wisdom to know the difference.” She always took
time to do those things that she felt would make
a difference in the lives of others with her
family, her church and her community.
Visitation will be Sunday, Feb.
25th at 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. at
Tisdale-Lann Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
Visitation Monday, Feb. 26th at 10 a.m.
and the funeral service at 11:00
a.m. will be held at
Sulphur Springs Primitive Baptist Church in
Bartahatchie, with Bro. Joe Nettles
Pallbearers are Keith Box,
Nathan Briggs, Alan Gurley, Chong Ji, Mickey
McKenzie, and Justin Snider.
pall bearers are Jeff Box, Larry Box, Edwin
Chance, Jim Nolen, Dwayne Phipps, Joe Vaughan,
James Earl Waddle, and Dan West.
of flowers, the family requests donations be
made to Sulphur Springs Primitive Baptist