Hazel Edwards Goodlett, 98, of Clarksville, died quietly at home on December 1 2020, surrounded by her family.
A lifelong resident of Clarksville, Hazel was born February 2, 1922, to John and May Miller Edwards of Clarksville.
She was preceded in death by her husband Collier Goodlett, Jr., and siblings Madeline Edwards Cayce, Jean Edwards McCollum, and John Edwards, Jr.
She is survived by sons Collier Whitfield Goodlett (Michelle Flynn) of Nashville and John McDowell Goodlett of Clarksville and by daughters Jean Tandy Cobb (James Willis) of Little Rock, Arkansas and May Miller Meredith (Murl Meredith) of Cottontown, Tennessee. “Hazie,” as she was affectionately known to the younger family members, is survived by grandchildren Jennifer Tandy Cobb (Chris Travis), Rachel Dianne Goodlett Katz (Brad), William Graham Cobb (Lisa), Adam Thomas Goodlett, Grant Whitfield Meredith (Alicea), Luiza Gurley Flynn-Goodlett (Ana Anderson), Tyler McKenzie Meredith (Jeffrey Kurysz), Benjamin Trabue Flynn-Goodlett (Kirsty), Rebecca Keezee Flynn-Goodlett, Paige McKenzie Goodlett, six great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
As a member of what is referred to as “The Greatest Generation,” Hazel’s life is representative of the history of Clarksville. When she was quite young, her family lived on what was known as “Dog Hill.” As a girl, she enjoyed summers at Idaho Springs; and as a young woman, she attended big band dances at Dunbar Cave. In 1942, Hazel worked in the Federal Land Acquisition Office where she was responsible for keeping records of the property acquired for Camp Campbell, now Fort Campbell. At various times, she was a volunteer docent at the Customs House Museum in Clarksville, the Clarksville-Montgomery County Public Library, the local Red Cross, and Memorial Hospital. She was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church where she served on the altar guild and taught Christian Education classes for many years. She was a 50-year member of a Clarksville book club formed by friends prior to WWII. She also was a member of the Art Study Club, the Montgomery County Historical Society, and The Lovely Ladies luncheon club.
Due to Covid-19, there will not be a church funeral. A private, family service will be held at Greenwood Cemetery. Hazel loved a party, especially if there were dancing. A celebration of her life will be held on her 100th birthday in 2022. In the meantime, please enjoy a cold glass of milk and a York peppermint patty in her honor.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks you to consider a donation to the Clarksville-Montgomery County Library in honor of Hazel’s love of reading or the Customs House Museum in honor of her love of Clarksville history.