Idell Hatfield

Published 12:00 am Friday, April 3, 2009

Idell Owens Hatfield, age 93, of Selma, AL, passed away March 31, 2009 of a massive stroke.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Jerry B. Hatfield, Sr.; parents, James and Millia Owens; three brothers, Levi, Lester and Hester Owens.
Surviving are her five children, Mildred Howard, Helen Kapp, Geraldine Tuttle, Jerry Bennett Hatfield, Jr. and Elizabeth Hatfield; son-in-laws, Rennis Howard, Frank Kapp and Ralph Tuttle; sister-in-laws,, Alma (Scrap) Hatfield, Violet Hatfield and Doris Owens; ten grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She is also survived by a very special and beloved friend, Debbie Tillery, who remained with the family at her bedside until the end.
Graveside services will be Saturday, April 4, 2009 at 11:30 a. m. at New Live Oak Cemetery with Rev. Keith Lewis officiating and Selma Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends and relatives at the funeral home Friday, April 3, 2009 from 6-8:00 p.m.
Grandsons and nephews will serve at pallbearers.
Selmians who have traveled the Cahaba Road near Miller Lumber Company, especially in the late spring, will best remember Idell for her beautiful hillside yard of pink, red and purple flowers. Idell remained an avid gardener up to her final days, where even at 93, sometimes her children would catch her pulling weeds or planting flowers. Idell and her husband operated Hatfield Grocery near Miller Lumber Company and the old Cigar Village until the early seventies, where sometimes it was standing room only after the word quickly spread that Idell made the best cakes and barbeque sandwiches and her husband specialized in Selma’s original bacon-wrapped filets, which many try to duplicate even to this day. The family would like to extend a very special thank you to Drs. Howell, Brignac, Burns, Knight, Newton and Foster and to the wonderful nursing staff on the 2nd and 3rd floor at Vaughan Regional Medical Center.
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