Kemp Councilman dies
Posted by : March 6, 2014| On :
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–Respected Kemp City Council member Jerry Hazelip died Friday, Feb. 28, following a week in intensive care in Dallas Presbyterian Hospital. His funeral was held Wednesday at Anderson Clayton Funeral Home in Kemp. He suffered a heart attack Feb. 19 and didn’t regain consciousness.
Hazelip served two terms on the City Council in previous years, and he was appointed to complete an unexpired term on the council left when Laura Hanna Peace was elected mayor last May.
She recently spoke of her admiration of him in an interview with The Monitor after he was admitted to the hospital. “Jerry is very important to this city,” Peace said. “I’ve known him all of my life. He is my neighbor and my friend.”
In addition to serving on the Kemp City Council, Hazelip served on the boards of directors of the Kemp Economic Development Corp., the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake and the Celebration on the Lake Church. He was credited with helping those organizations make significant advances during his terms of service.
Hazelip suffered a severe heart attack in 2001 that had left him impaired, but his friends noted that he never let that deter him from his volunteer work.
“Close friend Rick Foster posted on Facebook: “He was the epitome of human kindness, love and caring,” Foster wrote. “He touched untold numbers of lives with his dedication to charities — human and animal. He was a beacon of what good is.”