OBITUARY

O. Jerry Hatfield

June 21, 1940April 3, 2019

Mr. Orville Jerry Hatfield, 78, of Lenoir, passed away on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at his home.

He was born on June 21, 1940 in Matewan, West Virginia to the late Major Hatfield and Mildred Elizabeth Friend Hatfield. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Mary Katherine Hatfield.

Surviving members of his family include his wife of 51 years, Patricia Wilson Hatfield; two sons, Jeremy Todd Hatfield of Delta Junction, Alaska and Jason Travis Hatfield and wife Juliane of Durham, North Carolina; two brothers, Lanny Gene Hatfield of Bel Air, Maryland and Russell Allen Hatfield and wife Debra of Bluefield, Virginia.

Mr. Hatfield was an active member of First United Methodist Church of Lenoir where he held many committee offices and had been a lay speaker. Several summers he went with mission teams of youth and adults from First Methodist to do housing repairs in West Virginia.

Mr. Hatfield served in the United States Air Force and was a graduate of Emory and Henry College in Emory, Virginia. He loved to read and was a proud member of American Legion Post 29, where he was a Post Commander and was a supporter of Post 29 baseball.

After years of working in retail Mr. Hatfield retired from the North Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs, saying assisting veterans and their families with their claims was the most satisfying and rewarding job he ever had. All of his life his last name prompted questions about whether he was a direct descendent of the Hatfield family of the famous “Hatfield and McCoy feud”, and as it turns out he was.

A memorial service honoring the life of Mr. Hatfield will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at First United Methodist Church of Lenoir with Rev. David Melton and Aaron Horn officiating. Members of American Legion Post 29 will serve as Honorary Pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Building Fund of First United Methodist Church of Lenoir, 309 Church St. NW, Lenoir, North Carolina 28645; American Legion Post 29, P.O. Box 752, Lenoir, North Carolina 28645; or to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood St. NW, Lenoir, North Carolina 28645.

The family would especially like to thank Dr. Marc F. Guerrera and all of the doctors and staff of Blue Ridge Healthcare for their care and guidance.

Services

  • Memorial Service Tuesday, April 9, 2019
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Ray and Belinda Suddreth

April 11, 2019

Ray and I had the honor and privilege to be Counselors on several Senior High mission trips to West Virginia. Our sons Clay and Kyle both grew to love and respect this man. He connected with teenagers through his open hearted personality and living his Christian beliefs. Jerry gave us all a picture of the people in the communities we served that enabled the group to make connections that led to long term friendships. The youth learned the meaning of empathy as well as helping families struggling with meeting basic needs. His attitude of “We can do this!” even when we faced discouraging events was the best example of perseverance our youth could ever have. He was the reason we finished repairing a house even after a “simple” wall fix resulted in the entire wall falling to the ground mid week! My family will never forget the many times Jerry made these trips fun and rewarding even though this was hardest physical labor these kids had experienced. He had a great sense of humor, always ready to laugh even when we were tired and discouraged! Without a doubt, Jerry made this world a better place and I knew heaven is better now too!

Teresa Hildebran

April 8, 2019

I use to work with Jerry at the NC Division of Veterans Affairs. We worked together for many years. He was always kind and compassionate to the veterans. Always a soft-spoken man. He was very well liked and admired. A very easy man to talk to. My own husband passed away on December 31, 2018. Say hello to him for me, Jerry! You will be missed. Pat, I am so sorry to hear this about Jerry. I did enjoy working with him and considered him a dear friend.

Greg Annas

April 7, 2019

Pat and Family, You are in our prayers and thoughts...Greg and Judy Annas

Tommy Triplett

April 7, 2019

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends

edward padgett

April 7, 2019

Condolences to the Family of a great man. Jerry lived his life for others, and this could be seen by all. RIP

Andrea Martin

April 5, 2019

Love and light to the Hatfield family during this difficult time.
Hugs, Andrea

Kathi McRary

April 5, 2019

So sorry for your loss. Hugs and prayers for your family.

Steve Lantz

April 5, 2019

Jeremy,
Our prayers and condolences for your entire family.
The Lantz’s

Bonnie Rucker

April 5, 2019

Pat and Children: So very sorry for your loss. Love and prayer for you all. Love you dearly. Ray and Bonnie Rucker

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY