Hazel Black


Hazel “Dean” Black of Emerson, Georgia, passed away peacefully surrounded by family Monday, August 6, 2018, at Townsend Park Health & Rehabilitation. She was born to Louis and Maitland Odom in Blount County, Maryville, Tennessee, at home on the family farm on October 9, 1930.  

In addition to her parents, Dean is preceded in death by her husband of 57 years; Billy E. Black, baby brother; Dale Odom, sister; Joyce Odom Robinson, and brother and sister-in-law; Bob and Darlene Black. 

Surviving are daughters; Billie Lynn (Rick) Knauth, Janet (Terry) Underwood, and Amy Black all of Cartersville, sister; Nancy Odom Sutton, Cartersville, brother; Bob (Shirley) Odom, Woodstock, grandchildren; John Underwood, Cartersville; Tara Underwood (Ben) Moore, Marietta; Andrew (Megan) Knauth, Euharlee; Suzy Knauth and Britt McGill, Cartersville and Aaron Black, Cartersville. Dean was a very proud “Great Grand” to nine great-grandchildren; Emory, Peyton, Ella, Collin, Griffin, Tate, Ailish, Mina, Isaiah, and two more precious baby girls expected later this year. She also leaves behind many special nieces and nephews, cherished neighbors and friends in Emerson and special friends met while traveling with her husband.  

Dean was a very active member of Emerson Baptist Church teaching and serving for many years after settling in Emerson 1964. During the mid-1980’s Bill and Dean lived in Hammond, Louisiana, and worked for Carpet Transportation. They fell in love with that region and culture and made many dear friends while living there. They moved back home to Emerson in 1992, settling into retirement. Dean was able to have time to enjoy her grandchildren, vegetable and flower gardens and her love of baking. She was famous for her delicious cakes, bread and cookies that she would send to many of her family and friends. 

A Home Going Celebration is planned for Sunday, August 12, 2018, at Emerson First Baptist Church, 260 Joe Frank Harris Pkwy SE, Cartersville, GA 30120. The family will receive friends at 2:00 pm in the church’s fellowship hall with a memorial service at 3:00 pm. A private family service will be held later at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton where Bill and Dean’s ashes will be entombed together. The family’s request that in lieu of flowers; please donate to Oakland Heights Baptist Church-Angel Ministry for Special Needs Families, 16 Highland Way NE, Cartersville, GA 30121 (770) 386-3258. 

The family most importantly wants to thank Maria and all the staff at Townsend Park Health & Rehabilitation for their love, patience and care of our mom while she endured the terrible disease of dementia and the effects of it to her beautiful mind and body. 

Parnick Jennings Funeral Home and Cremation Services is honored to serve the family of Hazel “Dean” Black; please visit www.parnickjenningsfuneral.com to share memories or to leave a condolence message.