MITCHELL Hazel Magdalene (Sparks) Deirth, surrounded by her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, felt the arms of Jesus wrap around her as He welcomed her to heaven on October 4, 2010, at 8:15 in the evening.
The daughter of James and Minnie (Leslie) Sparks, Hazel was born January 5, 1936 in Bandy, West Virginia. When she was five years old, Hazel and her family moved to Deirth Holler in Lee County, Virginia. It was there she met and later married her childhood sweetheart, (Harvey) Ray Deirth, who preceded her in death.
Steeped in the traditions of a proud Appalachian heritage, Hazel dedicated her life to the care of her family. She created a home filled with love, moral teachings, and strong family values. From the smell of a home-cooked supper warming on the stove to the beauty in her hand-stitched quilts to the sweet smiles on her face as she watched her family take root and grow . . . all of those who entered her home left knowing they had witnessed something special.
Hazel is survived by two sons,
James Deirth and wife, Janet, of Indianapolis
Robert Deirth and wife, Trisia, of Salem
Sheila White and husband, Harold, of Mitchell Sherry Deirth of Mitchell
Grandchildren and great grandchildren,
Robbie Deirth, his fianc, Sara Denhart and daughter, Sofia, of Scottsburg
Mikie White, his wife, Samantha and daughter, Maggie, of Orleans
Richard Deirth and children, Andrea, Joshua, and Erica, of Indianapolis
Jack Deirth of Indianapolis
Jennifer Amick, husband, Ernie and daughter, Sydney, of Bedford
Julie Deirth and son, Jesus, of Indianapolis
Julia Deirth and children, Alicia and Johnathan, of Indianapolis
Matthew White and his fianc, Danielle Sanders of Orleans
step grandson, Tracy Neideffer and son, Jacob, of Salem
Jean Campbell, of Borden
Bernice Wax of Johnson City, TN
Ruth Sparks of Borden
Stella Sparks of Borden
Aston Hall, of Mitchell
Leroy Deirth and wife, Lorene of Dryden, VA
several nieces and nephews
She was preceded in death by her parents; a grandson, Alexander Deirth; two great grandchildren, Gabriel and Raphael Amick; three brothers, Claude Sparks, William Sparks, and James Sparks; three sisters, Mary Seabolt, Lilly Stanley, and Ella Mae McCord.
Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, October 8, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home with Brother Darrin Chastain officiating. Burial will be in Talbott Cemetery.
Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, and from 10:00 a.m. until the service on Friday at the funeral home.