Hazel Miller Winfree

Published 2:58 pm Monday, June 18, 2018

Hazel Miller Winfree, 94, of Cooleemee, died on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at the home of her granddaughter and caregiver near Salisbury.

She was born in Cooleemee on April 27, 1924, and lived there nearly her entire life. She was the oldest daughter of the late George Locke and Annie Campbell Miller. She graduated from Cooleemee High School in 1941 and attended Brevard and Mars Hill colleges. She was of the Episcopal faith. She worked at Erwin Mills in Cooleemee for 20 years in the laboratory of the finishing department. That was followed by a 25-year career at the Salisbury Post newspaper. Active for two decades in the Cooleemee Historical Association, she served on its board of directors and volunteered her editorial skills to The Cooleemee History Loom, a quarterly publication, for more than 15 years. She was also an oil painter. In 2009, Hazel co-authored “The Civil War Roster of Davie County” which she wrote with her sister, Mary Alice Hasty. It lists every known county Civil War soldier, their war-time rank and service, as well as a sketch of their life upon return from the conflict. She was passionate about history and her hometown. In all endeavors, she supplied those around her with a keen intellect, dry wit and lots of love.

She was also preceded in death last February by her only daughter, Virginia Dare Winfree Beattie.

Survivors: her granddaughter, Britt Sanford Caraway (Brandon) of Salisbury; her sister, Mary Alice Miller Hasty of Pinehurst; great-grandsons, John Stephenson of the home and Cameron Arrowood of Davidson County; a nephew, Chip Hasty (Dawn) of Pinehurst; and a niece, Kristin Hasty of Erwin.

She will be buried near her parents in Legion Memorial Park in Cooleemee following a graveside service at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 30.

Memorials: Cooleemee Historical Assoc., PO Box 667, Cooleemee, 27014.

Condolences: www.daviefuneralservice.com.