Hansel Douglas Creel

February 16, 1938 ~ April 26, 2022 (age 84)


Hansel Douglas Creel, "Hank", 84, passed away on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 from a long illness while at his daughter's home in Box Springs, Georgia. Hansel was a resident of Ozark, Alabama for more than 60 years.

Hansel was born on February 16,1938 in Barbour County, Alabama to Robert Dorus Creel and Mary B. Baxley Creel. Hansel was a long-time resident of Ozark, Alabama where he worked for a local fertilizer company for more than 30 years before retiring. His favorite hobbies included playing the guitar, fishing, and collecting Indian artwork. Hansel loved watching wrestling, car races and listening to country music. Hansel loved reading and his favorite western author was Louie L'Amour. Hansel read all of his books. Hansel and brother, Keith, shared a love for researching and tracing the Creel family ancestry. Hansel loved his family. Hansel joined the National Guard and later served active duty in the Army from 1959 until 1963.

Hansel is survived by his wife, Marqueena Sturn; his children, daughter, Debra Smith Swindall (Gary) of Box Springs, Alabama, son, Robert D. Smith, "Bo", of Columbus, Georgia, and son, Randy Creel of Folkston, Georgia. Hansel is also survived by his siblings, sisters, Angelyn Creel Clark (Ray) of Richardson, Texas, and Juleen Creel Gilmore (Bryan) of Eufaula, Alabama, and brother, Keith B. Creel of San Antonio, Texas. He is also survived by grandchildren, Wayne Swindall of Box Springs, GA, and Joshua Swindall of Ringgold, Georgia. Hansel was loved by his nieces and nephews in Alabama, Texas, Connecticut, Montana and Virginia. Hansel had special terms of endearment for each one. Hansel was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Dorus Creel (1913-1959) and Mary B Creel (1914-1979), and brother, Robert Derrel Creel (1943-1976).

Hansel loved his children. When Hansel knew his time was short, he wanted to be with his children. He was blessed to renew his relationship with his children and to be with them at the end. His daughter, Debra, opened her home and her heart to take special care of Hansel. Special thanks to both Melissa Fitzmaurice, his nurse, and Sherry Smith, a family member, for their loving care and support while Hansel lived his final days at the home of his daughter. Hansel loved his little dog, Precious. She was his protector and companion for the past twelve years.

Hansel had many special friends and neighbors in Ozark. Everyone who knew him thought highly of him. Hansel never complained and was always considerate and polite. His family will always remember Hansel's dry sense of humor which brought smiles and laughter to those he loved. Hansel was a man of few words and yet he was a man of his word. Hansel had a strong will to live and in his dying, he exemplified the meaning of "Creel Strong."

A private family memorial service was held on Sunday, May 22, 2022. Inurnment will be at Ponds Bethel Church in Baker Hill, Alabama.

Robert Byrd of Sunset Memorial Park Funeral Home (334) 983-6604

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