Hazel Mae Milligan Pounds lost her battle to end-stage lung disease Tuesday, November 16, 2021, at the age of 82 in the company of her daughter at her home in Gardendale, Alabama.
Hazel was born to Grace Dean Johnson on April 7, 1939, in Georgia. She was the second oldest of four, all raised in Marshall County, Alabama. She married Millard Sparks in 1953 and started a family with their daughter and settled in Albertville, Alabama. She later moved to Grant, where she owned, managed, and worked as a beautician at Hazel’s Beauty Shop.
She married Billy Pounds in 1971 and moved to Birmingham in 1987. She later retired from their car dealership, Billy Pounds Motors, in Birmingham that she helped build and grow until her retirement in 1998.
She recently moved from her home of 30 years on Bluff Park in Hoover to a retirement village in Gardendale. She was outgoing, good-humored, and loving.
During retirement she enjoyed catching up with friends and family, enjoying her favorite shows on television, and word-find puzzles.
She is survived by her daughter, Julia Sparks Nelms; granddaughter, Laurie Lee Nelms Langlois (Daniel); grandson, Samuel Wayne Nelms (Sierra); three great-grandsons, Camden, Jasper, and Mason; two great-granddaughters, Emma Grace and Madison; and beloved brother- and sister-in-laws, nieces, and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her mother, Grace Dean Johnson; stepfather, Thomas Johnson; her sisters, Helen Weeks and Linda Beam; her brother, Elder Milligan; and her son-in-law, Larry Wayne Nelms.
The cremation took place on November 19, 2021, at Lemley Funeral Chapel in Oneonta. Friends and family are invited to a celebration of life at Lemley Funeral Chapel in Oneonta on Sunday, December 19, from 2-4 p.m.
She will be laid to rest that evening with her mother at Marshall Memorial Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens in Albertville. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you treat yourself out to dinner.