OBITUARY

James "Rod" Hazlewood

September 15, 1954May 17, 2019
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James Rodney (Rod) Hazlewood, age 64 of North Richland Hills, Texas passed away on May 17, 2019 at North Hills Medical City. He will always be remembered as a loving father, grandfather, son, brother, and friend to all that knew and loved him. He was born on September 15, 1954 in Fort Worth, Texas to James Alton Hazlewood and Peggy Boudra Hazlewood. Rod married December 10, 1977 to Judy Smart. As a result of that marriage they had two beautiful children, Bree and Casey. Although Rod and Judy later divorced they remained close friends.

Rod was an Environmental Scientist at Terracon in Fort Worth practicing Industrial Hygiene for the past 18 years. He had a very special way with his clients and coworkers. He was loved and respected by his clients for his work ethic, reliability and integrity as evidenced by the numerous condolences received at his office. He was a kind, humble, and compassionate man. He had many longtime friends. Rod had a unique sense of humor. He was a protector, if Rod saw someone else getting bullied, he would stand up for that person and protect them. Rod was very devoted to his mother, children and especially to his grandchildren. Rod was a great athlete in all sports he played. He was known as the “Blonde Thunderbolt” when he played Quarterback for Richland High School. He was recruited by more than 40 colleges for his talent in numerous sports. Rod accepted a scholarship to TCU but a severe knee injury derailed his career. After recovery, Rod accepted a second scholarship to Sam Houston State University where he played for both the football and baseball teams. Rod was an avid hunter, fisherman, and golfer. At the annual opening day dove hunt near Graham Texas, Rod always got his limit and more, so he could share with his friends since he knew they were such poor marksmen. Rod was incredibly competitive, which is why he excelled in sports and life. Later in life, Rod began golfing with a close group of high school friends and tried to play every weekend. Rod recently won the Mark Bryant Memorial/Cliffhanger golf tournament and proudly placed the engraved trophy on his mantle. Rod knew the ups and downs of life but remained stoic and strong throughout and met every challenge with dignity. While Rod was not especially religious, his moral code was Christian and unwavering.

Rod is survived by his daughter Bree Hazlewood and son Casey Hazlewood and wife Jennifer, grandkids Aden, Parker, Noah, Asher, and Peyton, sister Becky Hazlewood Edwards, husband Bud and nieces Brandy and Kristy Burks, and nephew Jacob. Also his nephews Glenn Ingram, AW Coufal, Brian Carter, niece Tina Mays and her husband Tony Mays, and numerous great nieces and great nephews. He was preceded in death by his father James A. Hazlewood, mother Peggy Boudra Hazlewood, sisters Carol Hazlewood, Dianne Williams and husband Jim, Marlene McBride and niece Misty Burks.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, May 24, 2019

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Becky Hazlewood/Edwards

May 29, 2019

Every time I start to write this I burst into tears. I still cannot believe that you are gone. I look at your obituary and the reality sets in that my dear loving brother is gone from this earth. Hope you knew how much I loved you . We both had so many challenges in our daily lives that we did not get to spend much time together the last few years. But you were always in my thoughts and in my heart. You were so very special to me and to many others. I know that more than ever now by the many friends that attended your memorial. The last time we talked on the phone I remember telling you that I loved you and you told me the same. I will hold onto that memory forever. I will remember all the camping and fishing trips at the farm. I will remember your sense of humor. I will remember how you took such good and loving care of our
mother before she passed away. I will try to remember all the good times . I mourn for you because you are worth my many tears . Love always, your sister Becky

Audrey Lindsey

May 24, 2019

I knew Rod Hazlewood my whole life. Were we besties? No. Was he ever my boyfriend? In my dreams. We grew up in the same neighborhood, two blocks away from each other. His best friend, Robert Garrison, lived on the street behind us and one of my best friends lived across the street from Rod. This was back in the day when kids actually walked or rode their bikes everywhere and played outside. So, naturally, we came in contact with each other quite a bit and went to all the same schools together, but he was a grade ahead of mine. Throughout all this, I never saw Rod be mean to anyone in any way. He was funny, kind, down to earth, great looking, a sports fanatic and no one had a smile like Rod! If anyone had a reason to be full of themselves or stuck up, it was Rod, but he was never like that. He always had a smile, wave or head nod whenever he saw this lower class person and I will always be grateful that I knew such a sweetheart of a guy. I was surprised a few years later when I found out that he married Judy Smart, a girl I knew and I sure did envy her! Even later still, their kids went to school with my own and I knew them through mine. So I was always able to keep up with Rod a little bit and I’m grateful for that.
I’m just proud to have known him. RIP Rod

Travis Baugh

May 23, 2019

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Travis Baugh

May 22, 2019

I have known Rod since we played pee wee football in elementary school. He was a great human being, respectful and nice to everyone. He will be greatly missed by all of his friends. Rest in peace amigo!

Lacy Lance

May 22, 2019

When I think of Rod it always puts a smile on my face. Rod and I met in high school and we played football together and my greatest glory moment from high school football was the result of Rod being the quarterback and me being the receiver. Since high school Rod and I shared an occasional golf game and I have always known him as a kind and generous person that had a great sense of humor. I greatly admired his dedication to his family and I will miss his funny wit, his laugh and his big smile.

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