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Hazel Murray

Hazel Murray, age 94, of Erwin, passed away on Sunday, September 24, 2017 at the Center on Aging and Health after an extended illness. She was a native of Erwin and a daughter of the late Frank and Rachel Jones Tapp. Hazel was a member of Fishery Community Church and was previously employed by Blue Ridge Pottery, Crystal Ice and Unicoi County Memorial Hospital. She was a loving mother and grandmother who loved cooking for her family. In addition to her parents, Hazel is preceded in death by her husband, Charles Pippin, in 1990; husband John Murray, in 2007; brothers, Lloyd, Patrick and Floyd Tapp; and sisters Pansy Lewis, Mae Manouelian, Anna Tapp and Nell Lewis.


Hazel Marie Murray has left behind to cherish her memories:

Son: Larry Tilson and wife Linda, of Erwin;

Daughter: Rebecca Hughes and husband Chuck, of Knoxville;

Grandsons: Burl Tilson;

Michael Tilson;

Drew Tilson;

Alex Hughes;

Granddaughter: Rachael Tilson;

Several nieces and nephews.


The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Hazel Murray in a graveside committal service to be held at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 in Fishery Community Church Cemetery. Reverend Rusty Wishon will officiate. Those attending the committal service will meet at Valley Funeral Home by 9:30 AM on Wednesday to go in procession. Pallbearers will be notified.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made in her name to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 26 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10004 or at or to the Fishery Community Church Cemetery Fund, 501 Fishery Community Church Road, Erwin, TN 37650


Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at or on Facebook at These arrangements are made especially for the family and friends of Hazel Murray through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.