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Hazelhurst Jr., Darrell LeRoy

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Hazelhurst Jr., Darrell LeRoy

Posted: 27 Jun 2008 11:13PM GMT
Classification: Obituary
Surnames: Hazelhurst,Towill.Govier,Potter

DARRELL LeRoy HAZELHURST JR. of Houston, TX passed away Tuesday, the 24th of June 2008 at the age of 87. He was born in Williamsburg,VA on the 3rd of February 1921, Roy was preceded in death by his parents, Darrell Hazelhurst and Mary Bell Towill, and his sister, Margaret Chilton Loucks. He graduated from Highland Park High School in 1939, attended Texas A&M University and the University of Richmond where he was a member of the Theta Chi fraternity. In August 1941, Roy joined the U.S. Naval Air Corps and was commissioned in June 1942. He achieved the rank of Lieutenant and was a division leader of Fighting Squadron 49 aboard the CVL 30 USS San Jacinto. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross; three air medals, Asiatic-Pacific-two stars, American Theatre, American Defense, and the Presidential Unit Citation Third Fleet USS San Jacinto. He married Margaret Govier and their daughter, Darrellyn Lee Hazelhurst Burts was born in 1946. Upon discharge in 1945, Roy was employed by A. C. Burton Automobile Company in Houston, Texas and Cruise Aviation in Houston, Texas. He married Joan Potter Cullinan in 1959. In the early sixties, he founded and served as president of Hazelhurst Aviation, a full service Cessna dealership that included sales, ground school, and charter services located at Andrau Airpark in Houston, Texas. He sold the company in 1973 and moved to Kerrville, Texas, where he and his wife, Joan, lived on the Meadowcreek Ranch, previously known as the Victor Real Ranch on Lower Turtle Creek Road. After selling the ranch in 1983, they built a home in Riverhill Estates in Kerrville. Roy loved to quail hunt and always had a least one bird dog by his side. Because of his lifelong love of sailing and the ocean, he purchased a sailboat in the 90's. He and Joan created many wonderful memories sailing the Florida coast and the Bahamas. In 2006, he and Joan returned to Houston and resided at The Buckingham. He was a member of St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, the Admiral Nimitz Foundation, Fredericksburg, Texas, the National D-Day Museum, New Orleans, LA, U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation, Washington, DC, and former member of Riverhill Country Club, Kerrville, Texas. Survivors include his beloved wife Joan Potter Hazelhurst of Houston; daughter Darrellyn Hazelhurst Burts, husband Don; grandchildren Boyce Donald Burts III, wife Jennifer, and Margaret Burts Justus, husband Charles; and great grandchildren Gregory Miles Burts, Madeleine Burts Justus, and Noah Erin Justus, all from Lafayette, Louisiana. Stepchildren include Kathleen Cullinan Bywaters, husband Ban of Dallas, Carolyn Cullinan of Houston, Laura Cullinan of Houston and J. Stephen Cullinan III and wife Andrea of Paradise Valley, AZ; step grandchildren Natalie Bywaters Lee and husband Brian, Branson K. Bywaters, II, Kristen Lucile Smith, Marion Renee Hayes, Joseph Stephen Cullinan, IV, Ryan Tiel Cullinan, Shelby Leigh Cullinan. Step great grandchildren Preston Glenn Lee and Emma Elizabeth Lee. Nieces include Darren Chilton Wolfman of Houston and Cathryn Wolfman Young of Palo Alto, California and great nephews; Scott Young, Christopher Young and Graham Young. Mr. Hazelhurst will lie in repose from two o'clock in the afternoon until seven o'clock in the evening on Thursday, the 26th of June at Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston. Following a private graveside service at Glenwood Cemetery, a memorial service will be conducted at half past eleven o'clock in the morning on Friday, the 27th of June in the chapel of St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, 2450 River Oaks Boulevard. Serving as pallbearers will be Jose Ayala, Don Burts, Ban Bywaters, David Holland, Donnie Burts, Branson K. Bywaters, II, Brian Lee and John Spikes. For those desiring, the family requests that any donations in Roy's memory be made to The Admiral Nimitz Foundation, 328 E. Main, Fredericksburg, Texas 78624 or the charity of your choice.

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