Hazel Fulton was born to Minnie Gertrude Flanagan and Richard Graves in Franklin County, Ala., on Dec. 7, 1919. She received her formal education in the area where she was born and later studied nursing at Kennesaw College. After her mother's death, she married John Quincy Ayers of Tuscumbia, Ala. This union produced three children.
When World War II began, women entered the workforce. Hazel saw a way to make a better life for herself and her children. She divorced her first husband and moved to Cartersville, where she was hired by Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. President Clinton, at the groundbreaking of the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., commended these women who made a contribution to the war effort. She retired from Goodyear with 38 years of service. After the war, Hazel married Claude Garner Posey of Cassville. Her three children took the name Posey and were known in the Cassville area by that name. After her husband of 20 years died, she continued working as an industrial nurse at Goodyear. She enjoyed square dancing, traveling the world to visit her military children, quilting and sharing her home with her children, grandchildren and friends. She remained single for 17 years before she married in 1975, Carl Winston Fulton, a long time resident of Cartersville.
Hazel and Carl shared a wonderful life. They gardened together and shared their bounty with others. She preserved the fruits and vegetables they grew. Hazel became a known Georgia quilter who won numerous blue ribbons for her stitchery. She was an active member of the Bartow County Adult Center (Cassville), numerous quilting guilds, Pink Lady at the hospital, and a long time member of Cassville Baptist Church. She was very generous in sharing her knowledge of quilting and her quilts. Her quilts were displayed at the Woodlawn Plantation in Virginia, Cartersville History Museum and the Bartow County Adult Center. During the Atlanta Olympics, she contributed a winning quilt design that is permanently displayed with attribution to her in the park at the Georgia Power Company headquarters in Atlanta.
After her husband Carl died in 2001, she continued living in her home. One of her grandsons, Gregory Ayers, arranged for her to move into an assisted living facility in Woodstock. Upon his death, she moved to Virginia to be with her only surviving child, Barbara.
Survivors include her only daughter, Barbara Ayers (Posey) McJoynt. Her sons, Wallace Eugene Ayers and Joe Delmar Ayers, preceded her in death. She has eight grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She has five stepchildren from the Fulton family and numerous children and grandchildren from them. Her only sister, Helen Graves Woody, who accompanied her from Alabama to Georgia, died in 2010, and leaving her one niece, Patricia McBurnett of Newnan.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011, in the chapel of Parnick Jennings Funeral Home with the Reverend Mark Somers officiating. Burial will follow in the family plot at Sunset Memory Gardens.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.
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