AYDEN — Barbara Ann “Bobbie” Hazelwood Willis, 85, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022, at the Vidant Inpatient Hospice Facility in Greenville, after a sudden and unexpected event.

Barbara was born on Aug. 13, 1936, in Weldon, where she attended local schools. She graduated from Meredith College and ultimately gained her Master’s Degree in Education from NC State University. After marriage to James B. “Jim” Willis Jr. they welcomed their only child, Lynne. The family eventually settled in Morehead City where Barbara taught eighth grade for many years at Morehead Middle School. Barbara moved to Raleigh and then relocated to Ayden to be close to her daughter, where she remained until her death. Although a tiny woman, Barbara was affectionately known for her feisty personality. She lived her life as she thought it should be, right till the very end.

Barbara was preceded in death by her mother, Virginia Medlin Hazelwood; father, William Lafayette Hazelwood Sr.; and younger sister, Bootsie of Roanoke Rapids.

Barbara is survived by her “slightly older” brother, William “Bill” Hazelwood of Harbinger; daughter, Lynne Willis Braxton of Winterville; as well as four beautiful granddaughters, all of whom she adored, Jessi Braxton Emanuel and husband, Bryan, and their daughter, Charlotte, of Chocowinity, Ally Braxton of Wilmington, Roxie Braxton Weaver and husband, Dewey, of Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, and Darci Braxton and her daughter, Raelyn, of Wilmington; her lifelong friend, Jeanie Liggins of Wendell, as she will always be considered her very best friend.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30 at Covenant Church, Building B, Room 102. Family will welcome your visit from 2 p.m. until the start of the service. All are welcome.

Flowers are welcome, as she loved daisies and enjoyed watching things grow from the view of her little front porch, where she watched the world unfold every day.

Arrangements are provided by Smith Funeral Service & Crematory in Greenville and the church family of Covenant Church in Winterville.

Online condolences may be expressed at smithfcs.com.

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