Mrs. Hazel Carlene Hamlette, age 76 of Gladys, passed away on October 16, 2020, at her residence. She was born on June 16, 1944, to the late Mr. Jesse Lee Barnett and Mrs. Daisy Johnson Barnett.
Carlene as she was affectionately known, was the last of eleven children. The Barnett family was a loving, caring family. Her sweet spirit resonated among family and friends of whom she was deeply grateful and for any act of kindness they showered upon her. She deeply loved her family and boasted of her pride in her children and grandchildren and their accomplishments.
A lover of nature, she would often gaze upon the marvels of wildlife and nature, most recently, the splendor of the fall colors. Her passions extended to cooking and sewing and her family and friends frequently enjoyed her labor of love for as long as her health permitted. She also enjoyed flea markets, yard selling, and antiquing.
She was preceded in death by sisters, Dorothy Buchanan (Charles), Nellie Ruth Holt (J. C.), Jeanie Short (Tony), Shirley Graham (Hoyt); brothers, Douglas Barnett, Bill Barnett, Linol Barnett, Negil Barnett, Richard Barnett, and Alvin Barnett (Donivie).
She is survived by her husband, Jimmy Dale Hamlette of the home; three children, Kathy L. Baker of Rustburg, Matthew F. Hamlette of Lynchburg, and Mitchell B. Hamlette (Holly) of Gladys; five grandchildren, James W. Baker (Kara), Justin D. Baker (Jordan), Jessica L. Carwile (Stephen), Zach Connelly, and Ashley Connelly; one great-granddaughter, Ella Marie Baker; sisters-in-law, Estelle, Louise, Carolyn, and Gisela Barnett; and a host of cherished nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
A celebration of life was held on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. at the residence, 181 Jennings Rd., Gladys with interment in Ebenezer Baptist Church Cemetery in Gladys. Public viewing began Sunday from 1:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Viewing and visitation was held on Monday from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the residence. Arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Brookneal.