Rhodes & Northern, Owners
 -Family Owned and Operated-




VISITATION Friday, August 9, 2019
5:00 - 8:00 P.M.
FUNERAL SERVICE Saturday, August 10, 2019
11:00 A.M.
Mount Olive A.M.E. Church
1902 West LaSalle Street


Garden of Memories
4207 North Lake Avenue
Tampa, FL 33610

Return to Funeral Services Listing
08/07/2019 10:30 PM



Deaconess Hazel Wilder Hitchman of Tampa passed away Wednesday, July 31, 2019.  Homegoing Celebration will be held Saturday, August 10 at 11 a.m. at Mt. Olive AME Church, 1902 W. LaSalle St., with Reverend Gregory V. Gay, Sr., Pastor, officiating.  Interment will follow in Garden of Memories Cemetery. 

Deaconess Hazel Wilder Hitchman was a native of Quincy, FL, born to Peter and Anna Wilder. She spent her formative years with her Grandmother, Molly O’Neal, in Georgia.

Upon her return to Quincy she received her education in the public schools of Gadsden County. She later married Walter Hitchman and to this union two daughters were born and a son who later died in infancy.

Deaconess Hitchman received Christ at an early age and joined Mt. Hebron AME Church in Quincy, FL. Upon coming to Tampa, she joined Mt. Olive AME Church with membership of over 70 years. In 1992 she became the second consecrated Deaconess of Mt. Olive AME Church and served in this capacity until her health declined. 

She leaves to cherish her legacy: her devoted daughters, Linda H. Gilchrist (Jimmie), Doris Louise Hitchman, Lena Hitchman Jackson, and Dorothy Hitchman; grandchildren, Ramon Raiford, Creshawnia H. Griffin (Jonathan), Robert Gilchrist, Debbie Gilchrist, Richard Villard and Beverley Evans;  great grandchildren,  Michael Griffin, Mekai Griffin, Michayla Griffin, Jeremy Lucas, Demetrius Simpson, Johnny Wilson, Johnika Campbell, Brandon Gilchrist, Tanisha Rock, Cliffreya Cadet, Clifton Haney, Shirley Jackson, Carolyn Robinson, Evelyn Oliver (Jessie), Craig Milton (Rhonda), Phyllis Wilson (Darnell), Rodney Cooper (Sandra), Carolyn Banks (Johnny), Marsha Peoples, and Sean Peoples (Nichole); and a host of other great- great grands and great-great-great grandchildren; like a sister, her niece, Julia Simmons; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins; one cousin, Annie Pearl  Bryant; adopted children, Eddie J. Raiford, Margaret Brookins, LaVerne Latson, Dr. Paulette Walker and Barbara Rutledge; adopted grandson, Tyrone Gray; the Chapman and Lucas families; the Mt. Olive Church family and friends.

We especially want to acknowledge the Life Path Hospice Burgundy Team members for their care and support during this time.  

The remains will repose after 5 p.m. Friday, August 9 at Ray Williams Funeral Home, 301 N. Howard Avenue.

Return to Top of Page

301 N. Howard Avenue 
Tampa, FL 33606-1508
Phone:  813.253.3419 
  Fax:  813.251.4912
Email:  raywilliamsfh@verizon.net         
©2003RWFH (updated 8/18/11)