Hazel Maxine Hanshaw

                                                   ┌── Jacob Henry Hanshaw
                                                   │    1866-1958 
                        ┌── Alfred Bruce Hanshaw ──┤
                        │    1889-1971             │
                        │                          └── Mary Florence Rogers
                        │                               1871-1927 
Hazel Maxine Hanshaw ───┤
B: 1927                 │                          ┌── William M. Rogers
D: 2010                 │                          │
                        └── Allie Winnie Rogers ───┤
                             1891-1964             │
                                                   └── Louisa Friend
M: Eugene Ray Fitzwater

Hazel Maxine Hanshaw     [ID 07914] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Born Jul 8 1927, Clay County, West Virginia.1,2,3,4,5,6  

She married Eugene Ray Fitzwater, Oct 8 1944, Ivydale, Clay County, West Virginia.4,7,8  Eugene, son of Silas Edward Fitzwater & Rosetta Emeline Justice, was born Nov 23 1922, Little Laurel, Clay County, West Virginia.4,6,8  


David Ray Fitzwater, born 1944, Valley Fork, West Virginia; died 1944, Old Boomer Hill, Boomer, West Virginia, age 1.5 days; buried Hively Cemetery, Valley Fork, West Virginia. 9
Randy Fitzwater; [email: ]. 10
David Fitzwater.
John Fitzwater.

Eugene died Jan 28 2007, Montgomery General Hospital, Montgomery, West Virginia; buried London Memorial Park, London, West Virginia.6,8,10  

Eugene's obituary was published in "The Charleston Gazette" (Charleston, West Virginia) on January 31, 2007:8

Eugene Ray Fitzwater

Eugene Ray Fitzwater, 84, of Boomer died at Montgomery General Hospital on Sunday, January 28, 2007, following a courageous battle with cancer.  

Born November 23, 1922, at Little Laurel, Clay County, he was the son of the late Silas Edward and Rosetta Emeline Justice Fitzwater.  He was also preceded in death by an infant son, David Ray; three brothers, Homer, Roscoe and Delbert Fitzwater; and four sisters, Alma Smith, Mary Friend, Ivy Williams and Rebecca Frame.  

On October 8, 1944 he was united in marriage to Hazel Maxine Hanshaw, daughter of the late Alfred Bruce and Allie Winnie Hanshaw of Valley Fork.  Mr. Fitzwater was a retired employee of Union Carbide Corporation, formerly at Alloy, and was a member of Boomer Baptist Church, Boomer.  His interests included hunting and playing with his grandchildren.  

Ray is survived by his loving wife, Hazel; son and his wife, Randy and Nancy of Boomer; son and his wife, David and Karen of Charleston, West Virginia; son, John of Boomer; four grandchildren, Brittany, Joshua, Johnathan and Lindsey Fitzwater; and sister, Pearl Walker of Sissonville.  

The funeral service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, January 31, at Boomer Baptist Church with David West and Pastor Mike Brendel officiating.  Burial will follow in Montgomery Memorial Park, London.  

Friends may call two hours prior to the service at the church.  

O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, is in charge of arrangements.

Hazel Maxine Hanshaw died Feb 22 2010, Montgomery General Elderly Care, Montgomery, West Virginia; age 82.5,6,10  

Hazel's obituary was published in "The Charleston Gazette" (Charleston, West Virginia) on February 25, 2010:5

Hazel Maxine Fitzwater

Hazel Maxine Fitzwater, 82, of Boomer passed away Monday February 22, 2010, of natural causes at Montgomery General Elderly Care, Montgomery.  

Hazel was born July 8, 1927, the daughter of Alfred Bruce Hanshaw and Allie Winnie (Rogers) Hanshaw, in Clay County.  She had four brothers, Homer, Leamon, Romie, and Wannie.  She also had five sisters, Alice, Gilberta "Sis", Lona, Maysel, and Stella.  

She was the postmaster at Valley Fork and also worked for Montgomery Ward in Charleston.  She enjoyed sewing, yard sales, flea marketing, and playing with her grandchildren.  She always saw the positive in everything and everyone and her motto was "Where there is a will, there is a way."  

She is survived by sons, Randy (Nancy) Fitzwater of Boomer, David (Karen) Fitzwater of Charleston and John Fitzwater of Boomer; four grandchildren, Brittany Long, Joshua Fitzwater, Johnathan Fitzwater and Lindsey Fitzwater; and a multitude of nieces and nephews.  

Hazel was a member of the Boomer Baptist Church.  

Her family would like to express their appreciation to Mrs. Reba Jenkins for her loving care of their mother during her illness.  

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Ray Fitzwater; infant son, David Ray Fitzwater; her parents; five sisters and four brothers.  

Her remains have been gifted to the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine for Alzheimer's disease research.  

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that gifts be sent to the Human Gift Registry, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, 400 North Lee St., Lewisburg, WV 24901, in memory of Mrs. Fitzwater.  

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 4, at Boomer Baptist Church, Boomer.  Friends and family are invited to attend in celebration of her life.

(photo)Photo: Hanshaw family reunion at the home of Alfred Bruce Hanshaw, Valley Fork, WV. sometime in the 1950s 11

(photo)Photo: Hazel Maxine Hanshaw & Eugene Ray Fitzwater gravestone London Memorial Park cemetery 11

Social Security information for Hazel Maxine Hanshaw: 236-38-3481

Social Security information for Eugene Ray Fitzwater: 234-30-3789


  1. Contribution from Denise Gill Baylor ().
  2. 1930 census, Henry District, Clay County, West Virginia; roll T626-2530, ED 4, page 8B, line #57, dwelling #142, family #142.
  3. 1940 census, Henry District, Clay County, West Virginia; roll T627-4400, ED 8-4, page 15B, line #41, household #237.
  4. Hazel Maxine Hanshaw marriage record; West Virginia Division of Culture and History:
  5. Obituary of Hazel Maxine Fitzwater; "The Charleston Gazette", Feb 25 2010;
    "Obituary Collection"; http://www.ancestry.com.
  6. "Social Security Death Index" (as it is commonly called), derived from the Social Security Administration "Death Master File". See: http://www.rootsweb.com/~rwguide/lesson10.htm
  7. Contribution from Marilyn Ackley ().
  8. Obituary of Eugene Ray Fitzwater; "The Charleston Gazette", Jan 31 2007;
    "Obituary Collection"; http://www.ancestry.com.
  9. Ancestry Family Tree data by Randy Fitzwater ("rmfitzwater").
  10. Contribution from Randy Fitzwater.
  11. Photo courtesy of Randy Fitzwater.

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