Dr. Bob J. Hazlewood

September 17, 1931December 17, 2015

Dr. Bob J. Hazlewood, age 84 of Memphis, formerly of Jackson, passed away on Thursday, December 17, 2015 at Methodist Hospice Residence in Memphis, TN. Dr. Hazlewood was born in Milan, TN on September 17, 1931, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Hazlewood. He graduated from Milan High School and continued on to Vanderbilt where he graduated with a BA Degree in English. He was granted a Ford Foundation Fellowship to get an M.A.T. from Peabody and Vanderbilt. After teaching at Castle Heights Military Academy and East High School, he returned to Nashville where he received his EdS Degree from Peabody, and then his PhD from Peabody-Vanderbilt. Dr. Hazlewood went to Bethel College where he served as chair of the English Department. In 1963, the family moved to Jackson, TN where Dr. Hazlewood served various terms as the chair of the English Department, Humanities Division, and later the dean of the Humanities School at Lambuth College. During his tenure at Lambuth, Dr. Hazlewood taught a Sunday School class at First United Methodist Church for 18 years. After 33 years of teaching at Lambuth, Dr. Hazlewood retired. Dr. Hazlewood was also known in Jackson as the “flower man” who loved raising flowers in his greenhouses and working in his own yard. Dr. Hazlewood is survived by his wife, Judith Evans Hazlewood of Germantown, TN; son, Dr. Jeffrey E. Hazlewood (Sue) of Lebanon, TN; daughter, Amy Hazlewood McAtee (Neal) of Memphis, TN; and grandchildren, Joseph Hazlewood, Jenna Hazlewood, Abby McAtee Gatliff (Cort), Maggie McAtee, and Will McAtee. The family will receive friends on Sunday afternoon, December 20, 2015 from 12:30 – 2 p.m. at George A. Smith and Sons North Chapel. A funeral service will follow the visitation at 2 p.m. with Dr. Paul Clayton and Rev. Cecil Kirk officiating. Interment for the family will follow in Ridgecrest Cemetery. The family requests that memorial contributions in Dr. Hazlewood’s memory be directed to First United Methodist Church in Jackson, 200 S. Church St., Jackson, TN 38301 George A. Smith and Sons North Chapel, (731) 427-5555


  • Visitation Sunday, December 20, 2015
  • Funeral Service Sunday, December 20, 2015

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Lucinda (Cindy) Bickers

December 26, 2015

I was so sorry to hear about Uncle Bob's death. I am also sorry that I was not able to attend his funeral, particularly considering how he and Aunt Judy drove from Jackson to western NC for both Mom's and Dad's memorial services. I remember the flowers, especially the snapdragons, as well as the homemade ice cream when our family came to visit. My heart goes out to Aunt Judy, Jeff, and Amy.

Matthew McGarvey

December 21, 2015

Dr. Hazelwood taught a riveting class in my senior year on Modern American and English Poetry. His knowledge served to inspire us all and his standards instilled a fear of the final, which proved to be as ferocious as anticipated. Thank you for introducing me to Gerald Manley Hopkins - you gave "my roots rain", Dr. Hazlewood; and you will forever be one of the great influences of my life.

Anita Parish

December 19, 2015

I learned so much from Dr. Hazlewood at Lambuth. I will never forget him. John loved him too, especially since he was from Milan. My prayers go out to all the family.

Diane Sachs

December 19, 2015

"Mr. Hazlewood" set my path for an academic career when I was a junior at East High. He set a standard higher than any teacher I had ever had. In fact, I wrote my college admissions essay based on him. A long time ago, but he is the teacher I never forgot. And I remember having Jeff as a student in my sociology class at Rhodes.
Diane Sachs (Memphis, TN)

Sandra Green Ferguson

December 19, 2015

What a wonderful teacher! I was fortunate to be in Dr. Hazlewood's junior English class at East High School. He taught us with such enthusiasm! College English was easy after being a student of Dr. Hazlewood's. He inspired me to teach English and literature for 30 years.

Ken & Gail Wilkerson

December 19, 2015

Our sincere sympathy to Judy and all the family.

Ida Marie Smith

December 19, 2015

Jeff and family,

With deepest sympathy on the loss of your father. May God comfort you during this difficult time. You are in my thoughts and prayers.