Terry Lee Hazzard, 63, of Lewes, passed away Sunday, March 31, 2013, at his residence. He was born in Milford, Jan. 27, 1950, son of the late Francis R. Hazzard Sr. (2000) and Mary (Short) Hazzard.
Terry was a 1969 graduate of Lewes High School and served his country proudly with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Terry worked 11 years at Collier's Trim Shop in Rehoboth before striking out on his own in 1979, opening Hazzard's Upholstery. He was a man with "gifted" hands who made upholstering look easy, restoring old John Deere tractors and working on anything with a motor.
Terry enjoyed a 15-plus year career as an auto mechanic, first with Toddy's and then with his brother at Hazzard Auto Repair. He might have butted heads with his brothers from time to time, but he enjoyed working with his youngest brother Mike. Terry was excited and looking forward to the new rollback that was just bought for him.
Terry's childhood days were spent on the family farm and soon farming would become the center of his life. He enjoyed the outdoors, splitting wood for heating his home and the occasional camping trip. He really didn't like leaving Sussex County, but loved the getaways to West Virginia and Chincoteague, Va.
He truly was a jack of all trades and had an uncanny ability to make friends anywhere he went. Stock car racing and RC cars were other favorite pastimes. Terry loved volunteering for the annual Nanticoke Indian Pow Wow in Millsboro each year. Above all he loved time spent with his family and friends, a bag of peanuts and an ice cold Natural Light!
In addition to his father, Terry was preceded in death by two infant sons: Brian and Kevin Hazzard; his paternal grandparents: Ernest and Alice Hazzard; and his maternal grandparents: Felix and Thelma Short. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Deborah L. (Howarth) Hazzard; a son: Keith L. Hazzard of Lewes; a daughter: Amy Bonkowski and husband Brian of Georgetown; three brothers: Francis "Bob" Hazzard Jr. and wife Yanhui of California, Md., Steve Hazzard of Winslow, N.J. and Michael Hazzard of Lewes; a sister: Linda Wardurp and husband Doug of Harbeson; numerous nieces and nephews and his mother: Mary (Short) Hazzard of Lewes.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 6, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 16961 Kings Highway, Lewes.
Friends may visit with the family at the funeral home beginning at 9:30 a.m. Interment with military honors will follow the service at Conley’s Chapel Cemetery, Lewes.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Nanticoke Indian Association, 27073 John J. Williams Highway, Millsboro, DE 19966.