Rickey (Papa Smurf) Hazlegrove

By  | November 27, 2022 | Filed under: Obituaries, Shackelford Funeral Home

Rickey (Papa  Smurf) HazlegroveRickey (Papa Smurf) Hazlegrove, 67, passed from this life Thursday, November 24, 2022, at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.

Born in Bolivar, he was the son of the late Billy Gene Hazlegrove and Thelma Willis Hazlegrove Sumler. As a baby, his family moved to Highland, IN where he was a 1973 graduate of Highland Sr. High School. Upon graduation, he joined the US Marines serving from 1973 – 1977. A proud Marine, he was often heard to say, “Once a Marine, Always a Marine.” In the late 1980’s, he returned to Hardeman County where he lived the remainder of his life.

A hard worker, Mr. Hazlegrove was a carpenter most of his life and was a faithful, regular member of the Pocahontas Baptist Church. A motorcycle enthusiast, he was known to many by the nickname, “Papa Smurf” and will be greatly missed by family and his many, many friends.

He leaves a sister, Wanda McCalip (Vince) of Grand Junction; two brothers, Keith Hazlegrove and Kevin Hazlegrove (Kim), both of Pocahontas; nieces and nephews, Adam McCalip, Isaac McCalip (Jazmine), Hannah McCalip, Kristina Murphey (Chris), Justin Hazlegrove (Tracy) and Heather Hazlegrove; and several great-nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be sent to Pocahontas Baptist Church

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