Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home

3321 Glynn Ave, Brunswick, GA


Barbara Zazzi Hernandez

April 30, 1944September 10, 2020

Barbara Zazzi Hernandez, age 76, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Thursday, September 10, 2020 on St. Simons Island, Georgia.

Barbara was born April 30, 1944 in Lawrence, Kansas to Aldo and Marie Zazzi. She was a 1962 graduate from Tullahoma High School in TN. She attended the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College and University in Memphis, was a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority, and completed her Bachelor of Science in nursing in 1966. As a young nurse she met the love of her life, Gustavo Hernandez, MD, while he was an intern at the University of Tennessee Medical School. They were married June 26, 1965. Barbara and Gus enjoyed 55 wonderful years of marriage and raised two beautiful children, Jennifer and Greg, in their hometown of Kingsport, Tennessee.

Barbara was a devoted mother and spouse and dedicated her life to raising her children. She supported them in all of their vast activities including attending every soccer game, band performance, and school function. With what time was left over, she dedicated her energy to volunteering in her community of Kingsport, Tennessee. She was active in Junior League of Kingsport, the Medical Auxiliary, Big Brother/Big Sister, Children’s Advocacy, Leadership Kingsport, Fun Fest executive committee and she was an avid supporter of the Humane Society as well as a school nurse volunteer. As a passionate equestrian, she owned several horses; her last horse being her beloved Hawk.

As Jennifer and Greg grew older and had families of their own, Barbara and Gus spent time traveling and hiking around the world with friends. They eventually bought a home on St. Simons Island to be closer to their grandchildren. It was on St Simons that she became involved with the Glynn County Medical Alliance, Junior League of the Golden Isles, Island Newcomers Club, Shorebirds, and the Historical Society as a lighthouse docent. Because of her strong Italian Heritage, she loved gatherings with the Italian Club.

Barbara was a beautiful soul, vibrant, vivacious, with an infectious personality and spirit. She knew no strangers, and never missed the opportunity for a good social gathering. When Barbara walked into a room, you knew, and it is this lively, generous and kind personality that will leave a hole in all of our lives.

She is preceded in death by her parents Aldo and Marie Zazzi. She is survived by her husband, Gus; her children, Jennifer Hernandez Butler and Greg (Anna) Hernandez; her siblings, Marilyn (Dean) Foster, Tom (Brenda) Zazzi, Donald (Jennifer) Zazzi; four grandchildren, Caroline and Jon Henry Butler, Zara and Xavi Hernandez, and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral mass will be held at St. William’s Catholic Church on Friday, September 18, 2020 at 2:00 pm. Funeral arrangements are provided by Edo Miller & Sons Funeral Home. Due to the pandemic, there will not be a reception following the Mass. There will be a Live Stream on the St Williams YouTube Channel StWilliamonSSI for those who want to join the family virtually. A celebration of life will be held in Kingsport, Tennessee at a date to be determined in 2021. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude Hospital (stjude.org) the Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia (hsscg.org) and The Alzheimer’s Association (Alz.org)


  • Funeral Mass

    Friday, September 18, 2020


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Julia Kirkscey

September 17, 2020

Barbara was my sister-in-law. She was a beautiful member of the Hernandez family and well-loved by all of us.

On so many lovely occasions throughout the years, our families would get together to celebrate different festivities or just to have family reunions. At a typical get- together, we always played Colombian music and Barbara loved dancing to it. She had the Latin spirit in her soul, maybe because of her Italian heritage.

Barbara will remain in our hearts, and we will forever cherish our wonderful memories of her.

Gus, Jennifer, Greg and family, we are sharing your loss and are grieving with you.
Love you all. Julia and David

gloria hamilton

September 17, 2020

Dearest Barbara, You will forever remain in our hearts and minds. Our family get togethers that we had over the years, you helped make them so much fun. Great memories! You, Gus, Jennifer, Greg, Anna and your four grandchildren are in our prayers. At this particular time, we all need to cling to our faith and know that our dear Barbara is now in God's presence, in a beautiful heaven. God bless each of you. Much love, Gloria and Gayle

Betsy Hamilton

September 17, 2020

I remember my Aunt Barbara from the time I was a little girl. She always asked me interesting questions about my life and shared joyful stories about her life with me. I thought she was the most beautiful woman I had ever known. Over the years at family gatherings, I looked forward to reconnecting with her and Uncle Gus. She was a shining star in our family. I will carry fond memories of her in my heart.

Cathy & Frank Vandeweghe

September 15, 2020

We will miss you so much. I remember how much I looked forward to your visits to Noni 's and seeing how much you enjoyed life. But Frank and I especially enjoyed your visit to Park City during the 2002 winter olympics. I was so happy to introduce you to my friends. Such a joy.

Much love to Gus, Jennifer, and Greg and their families
I will never forget you

Cathy & Frank

Marilyn Zazzi Foster

September 14, 2020

My Dearest Barbara,
You were the light and leader of our Family. Always smiling, full of energy and blessed with so many friends who loved you. I will cherish all the memories of our childhood, adolescents and adulthood for the rest of my life. Your will always be with me as you have been with me for all these many months struggling to be your wonderful self. May God be with you always. With God you are now able to laugh, smile hug and be hugged forever and ever. I love you with all my heart and soul. You will be a part of me forever. Your siblings, Donald, Tom and I will miss you so much.

Your Loving Sister,

Barbara Carter

September 14, 2020

I always admired Barbara for her sense of style and passion for life. She was warm, sharing and full of laughter. She will be missed by all who knew her.
Barbara Carter

Caryl Griffin Russell

September 13, 2020

Barbara was a beautiful friend over many years, beginning at University of Tennessee College of Nursing as classmates. She always had a special love and compassion--a nurse's heart-- for family, but also for friends and the community. Her support and mutual concern for our children helped make teenage years easier. Her thoughtfulness and encouragement over the years has lifted me in many difficult times--she was one of my best cheerleaders! And I am one of hers... Today I send special prayers and blessings to you, Gus and Jennifer and Greg and your families. You have a legacy of thoughtfulness and care from your wife/mom that is woven into your lives. May you feel her love and be filled with peace. We love you, Rick and Caryl Griffin Russell.

Mary and David Sewell

September 12, 2020

We will always remember Barbara as a beautiful, loving, energetic, and loyal
friend and community leader. She was passionate about her beliefs and love for our country, doing her part to make this a better world. The great love she had for her family filled her life with an immense joy she openly shared.. Our love and prayers surround this family at their time of loss.


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