Hazel Neal Taylor

Hazel Neal Taylor, 78, of Denver, NC passed away on August 2, 2023, at Atrium Health Hospital in Pineville. He was born on August 11, 1944, in Mecklenburg County. He was the son of Frank and Arrie Taylor.

Hazel served proudly in the United States Air Force and the United States Army.

Hazel was a retired vending mechanic who was great with his hands. There wasn’t anything he couldn’t fix. He was very artistic, being part of the Charlotte Art League, he made and displayed copper artwork at various places.

In his free time, he enjoyed sitting in the sun and sun fishing. He especially loved spending time camping with his wife Terri and Barney the family pet.

Hazel is survived by his loving wife of 45 years Terri Taylor; his son Chris Freeman and his wife Crystal of Denver, NC; his daughter Jill Wensil of Iron Station, NC; his grand-daughter Camden Freeman who is at Western Carolina working on her master’s degree. Her pawpaw was so proud of her, she was his baby girl and his two brothers Barry Taylor of Maiden, NC and Ronnie Taylor of Charlotte, NC.

A Family gathering to celebrate Hazel’s life will take place at the residence. The United States Air Force Honor Guard will render military honors.

9 Responses to Hazel Neal Taylor

  1. Crystal August 9, 2023 at 7:35 pm #

    You have left a lasting impact on me from your wisdom to your humor. Please look out for us until we see you again Love, your favorite daughter in law 💕

  2. Chris Freeman August 9, 2023 at 7:43 pm #

    Rest easy Pop I’m going to miss ya more than words can say!

  3. Terri Taylor August 10, 2023 at 6:37 am #

    Rest in Peace Neal Taylor you were my husband ,best friend ,and protector we had it all for 45 years you will be in my heart forever and i will miss you every day until i see you again love your baby !!!

  4. Billy and Nancy Brice August 10, 2023 at 4:01 pm #

    We will truly miss Neal. He was a great neighbor and friend. We always loved listening to his life adventures. He was a very talented man. He could fix about anything or make something work better. We treasure a piece of his metal sculpture. He truly loved his family and we know they will miss him greatly. We feel privileged to have known him.

  5. Henry Westbrook August 10, 2023 at 6:13 pm #

    Rest in Peace my good friend Neal. Real friends are few and far between. I will miss you my real friend everyday until we eat our potted meat sandwiches together again !!
    I’ve always loved you like a brother.

  6. Camden Freeman August 11, 2023 at 6:28 am #

    You were my rock, pawpaw. There was never a time when you weren’t welcoming me with open arms or supporting me. Thank you for everything you’ve done for me and all the love you’ve shown me. I will forever cherish after school visits laughing with you and all the memories I’ve made at your house as well as traveling with you and mawmaw. I will miss you dearly and already have every day since I got the call. A wonderful man through and through. Rest easy and I hope you are with Otis now, pawpaw. Love, Jellybean.

  7. Karen Godfrey August 11, 2023 at 9:04 am #

    Neal, we will miss you a lot. But one thing I know is that you are in our hearts. Take care of Otis we will see you again. Love Karen and Olivia.

  8. Karen Godfrey August 11, 2023 at 9:07 am #

    Neal, we will miss you a lot. But one thing I know is that you are in our hearts.

    Love you Karen and Olivia.

  9. Sandra Watts August 11, 2023 at 10:00 am #

    My sweet Uncle Neal, you will be missed in so many ways. The memories I have growing up I will always cherish. I have missed the visits after church stopping by and just sitting and talking outside about all that life has been for us.
    Lots of love, hugs and kisses for you.

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