Hazel Merchant (SALUDA, S.C.)

SALUDA, S.C. - Hazel Pennington Merchant, 86, died Thursday, March 3, 2011 at Saluda Nursing Center. Born in Alamance County, NC and a daughter of the late Ernest and Carrie Pennington, she was the wife of the late Cecil Gordon Merchant. She was a homemaker and attended Sardis Baptist Church. She enjoyed making Afghan blankets for her family and enjoyed attending yard sales and reading. Surviving are two daughters, Joyce and Tommy Dorsey of Saluda and Martha and Tony Gipson of North Augusta, SC, two sisters Edith Jason and Shirley Jean LeGrande of Augusta, Ga., 2 brothers James Brooks and Barrett Pennington of Augusta, Ga., 3 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren amd 1 great-great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, step-mother Evelyn Pennington, three sons, Charles Black, Michael Merchant, Victor Merchant. The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM, Saturday evening at Ramey Funeral Home and from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM on Sunday March 6, 2011 prior to the service. Funeral services will be 2:00 PM, Sunday March 6, 2011 at Ramey Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Victor Jason officiating. Interment will follow at Sardis Baptist Church cemetery, Saluda, S.C. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

The Augusta Chronicle-March 5, 2011