James "Honey" Mitchell Hazelip
Born to Guthrie and Gertrude in Island, Ky., on Aug. 28, 1941, he was the fourth of nine children and the last to be born in Kentucky before the family moved to Detroit, Mich. At 17 years old, Jim joined the Navy and served with an honorable discharge in 1961. The outdoors was always where Honey was the happiest — hunting, fishing, camping and later instilling this in his son, Troy, and grandchildren, Katelyn and Jordan. In 1972 he met the love of his life, Murley, and they were married in October of 1973. How God laughed seeing exact opposites “do life” together.
After a medical retirement from driving trucks, Honey enjoyed retirement by having more time for his family, hunting, shooting, fishing and using his boat in the lakes and the ocean of Southern California. In December of 2005, Honey and Murley moved to Jerome, Idaho, to live his dream of open skies, open fields, hunting and fishing. Until health challenges presented in October of 2010, he was able to thoroughly enjoy all Idaho offers. Blessed by a devoted family, dear friends, and a faithful family of Christ-centered fellowship at Believer’s Church in Jerome, Honey knew and appreciated God’s favor in his life.
Surviving are his wife of 40 years, Murley of Jerome; his son, Troy; daughter in love, Coleen; granddaughter, Katelyn; grandson, Jordan; sister, Terry; and brother, Robin of Detroit; nieces and nephews; and five children by a previous marriage who will miss him dearly.
Honey’s family would like to thank the team at St. Luke’s Jerome and St. Luke’s Magic Valley for the excellent care given during his journey home. Dr. Timothy Enders, the team in ICU and the third floor demonstrated deep and sincere compassion above and beyond medical care. Their hearts were genuine and blessed us.
The family requests memorials in Honey’s memory to Believer’s Church Youth Fund, P.O. Box 837, Jerome, ID 83338.
A celebration of Honey’s life will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Believer’s Church, 100 E. Ave. D. in Jerome.
Arrangements were under the caring direction of Parke’s Magic Valley Funeral Home of Twin Falls.