Hazel Hickey

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Hazel Hickey, a force in Longview’s banking, cultural and not-for-profit communities, died Dec. 2, 2013 at Good Shepherd Hospital, after a 10-year battle with leukemia. Mrs. Hickey was 84-yearsold. A celebration of Hazel’s
life was held at the sanctuary of First Baptist Church at 10 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. Internment followed at a family graveside at Belmont Cemetery in Sabine Parish under direction of Rader Funeral Home. The family received friends at the funeral home on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, from 4- 6 p.m. Throughout everything that life threw at her, and behind all her accomplishments lays the faith tradition taught to her by her beloved “Papa”, Lucien Henry Sebren. Her unwavering faith in Jesus Christ sustained her throughout her life. Hazel began her career at the First National Bank in Shreveport, where she worked for 12 years. In 1967, she moved to Longview and joined Longview Bank & Trust, the forerunner of Texas Bank & Trust. Rogers Pope Jr. vice chairman and chief operating officer of TB&T, said, “I had the pleasure of  working with her for almost 40 years of the bank. When I joined the bank in 1969, Hazel was the number two teller. I  watched with admiration and pride as she advanced through various positions in the bank, finally resulting in becoming Executive Vice President and Director of Marketing.“ Hazel received numerous community service awards, among 
them the Longview Partnership’s highest honor – “Chairman’s Award,” for her involvement in altruistic, charitable and  orthy causes. She also served as Past President of the Longview Symphony, receiving the Symphony Hall of Fame award in 2001. In 2007, the Texas Bankers Association honored Hazel with their 50-year Banker Award. LeTourneau University honored her love and hard work for the University with the 1999 “Henry Gossett Community Partnership Award”, the University’s highest recognition given to a community leader. She was a former “First Lady of Longview” and a past President of and recipientof Zonta’s “Woman of the Year -1994”. She was also a previous recipient of Longview  Regional Hospital’s Stars Over Longview. Hazel was born on the family farm, in Sabine Parish, Belmont, the youngest daughter of Lucien Henry Sebren and Nettie Gertrude Skinner Sebren. Hazel was always deeply proud of her family and life in Louisiana. Hazel is survived by one sister, Violet Sebren Coley of Natchez, Miss., and her sister-in-law, Wilma Sebren of Shreveport. Also surviving are her three sons, David Earl Webb of Melrose, Texas; Mike and wife, Tracy Webb, of Longview, Texas; and Dr. Rick and wife, Blessed Webb, of Longview, Texas. A special niece, Karen Oakerson, who was her caregiver during her final days, survives her along with five grandchildren. Her precious grandchildren will carry on her memory and faith – Daniel Webb of Keller; Nikki Webb Hervey of Keller, Texas; Holli and Nakia Wilson of Nacogdoches, Texas; Robin and Grady Truchelut also of Nacogdoches, Texas; and Laura Webb of Boston, Mass. Hazel loved and treasured her 10 great-grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joseph J. Hickey; a daughter, also named Hazel; and two sons, Mickey Webb and Kenneth Glenn Webb.   
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