February 22, 1946 - November 13, 2011
Affectionate, comforting, self-giving, gracious, faithful, determined and encouraging are words that defined Hazelteen Ledbetter, affectionately known as “Hazel.” She was born in Alexandria, VA on February 22, 1946, daughter of the late Othernile and Beatrice Gilbert. If you looked up ‘nurturer’ in the dictionary, you would find her picture. Hazel was completely devoted to her family. This devotion was exemplified through her dedication to her children, who were the joy of her life.
Over the span of Hazel’s 65 years on this earth, she gave generously, cared wholeheartedly and loved unconditionally. There was rarely a moment that someone was not touched by her kindness and unselfish giving of her time. She loved surrounding herself around family and friends.
“Set your expectations high and you will be successful,” was her favorite quote. A few of her commonly used phrases were “It’s just the point of the matter” and “Alright, Alright.” Red was her favorite color and she enjoyed eating chicken. Hazel’s favorite scripture was Psalm 23.
Hazel graduated from Parker Gray High School. Her career with Alexandria City Public Schools lasted 38 years. She also worked for the City of Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities for several years. Her passion for education had a positive impact on transforming the lives of many children and youth.
Hazel was a true worshipper of God! She was an active member at Tree of Life Christian Ministries and participated in the Women’s Choir. She loved the gospel and would sing from the depths of her soul. Her melodic voice is one that will always be remembered. Her faith in God never wavered and she always encouraged others no matter what she faced.
Hazel’s oldest son, Joseph Ledbetter, beloved companion Bobby Ashby, and late husband Leroy Ledbetter preceded her into heaven. She leaves to continue carrying the torch her youngest son, Tracy Ledbetter (Stacy); daughter in law Teresa Ledbetter; a special mother to, Ernestine Harris and Melvina Nelson; six grandchildren, Maurice Cotton, Donisha Freeman, Joseph Jr., Joshua, John and Julionna Ledbetter; a special grandmother to Juwan Cotton; three sisters, Ann Washington, Beatrice McKinney, and Bernette Gilbert; two brothers, Othernile and Bernard Gilbert (JaNeice); and a multitude of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and loved ones.
Hazel has assumed her rightful place with our Heavenly Father into the promise of eternal life. On Sunday, November 13, 2011, she went to be with the Lord. We who continue to live upon this earth will join her later and be strengthened through our faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the days set before us.
The viewing and visitation will be held at Harvest Assembly Baptist Church, 8012 Fordson Road, Alexandria, VA (map, directions) on Friday, November 18, 2011 from 9:00 A.M. until time of service at 10:30. The committal will immediately follow the funeral service in Mount Comfort Cemetery, 6600 South Kings Highway, Alexandria, Virginia 22306 (map, directions).
Arrangements by Phillip Bell Sr. and Winona Morrissette-Johnson P.A.
Please send all floral tributes directly to Harvest Assembly Baptist Church the morning of the funeral.
***Obituary & Service Information Revised as of 11/17/11, 12:00 p.m.
Hazel Ledbetter Memorial Fund
Contributions can be made to the Hazel Ledbetter Memorial Fund at any Wells Fargo Bank. For more information please contact HazelLedbetterMemorialFund@gmail.com.
Viewing and Visitation - Harvest Assembly Baptist Church, Alexandria - 9:00 a.m.
Funeral Service - Harvest Assembly Baptist Church, Alexandria - 10:30 a.m.
Committal - Mount Comfort Cemetery, Alexandria
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