H. Hizer

H. Wayne Hizer

Wednesday, September 3rd, 1947 - Saturday, December 26th, 2020
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H. Wayne Hizer, 73, of Oak Hill passed away at a Beckley hospital on December 26, 2020, from a sudden illness. He was the son of the late Pastor Homer Hizer and Ruth Belcher Hizer of Pax, WV. Wayne was also preceded in death by a sister Clara Eads.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Evelyn Smith Hizer; one daughter, Shana Allen (B.J.) of Oak Hill; four grandchildren he adopted as his own Breanna Allen (Swayde Thomas), Bethany Allen, Joseph Allen, and Jacob Allen; one great-grandchild, Ariella Allen; and two bonus great-grandchildren, Grace and Nyte Thomas. He is also survived by a sister, Naomi Smith of Beckley, one brother, David Hizer (Ruscee) of Mt. Hope and their daughter Anna-Marie Ward; a brother-in-law, Clifford Eads; and a special cousin, Larry Nutter (Patty) of Oak Hill. He cherished his in-laws, out-laws, and cousins by the dozens of the extended Smith family who regarded him as a blood relative.
Wayne was a 1967 graduate of Mt. Hope High School and a 1971 graduate of West Virginia Institute of Technology. He spent his entire career as a social studies teacher at Collins High/Oak Hill High School. During his life Wayne was an active member of the Oak Hill Jaycees and the Oak Hill Civitan Club. He especially enjoyed sponsoring the Oak Hill Junior Civitan Club at OHHS and working with students on service projects such as Special Olympics. He regularly attended reunions of the CHS/OHHS Alumni Association and was invited to various class reunions to reconnect with former students who became friends. Wayne also served in the National Guard for several years after completing his college education. He was also a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Oak Hill.
A devoted collector of tools, Wayne was a master of many skills. He enjoyed helping friends with home improvement projects and puttering in his workshop. He was always busy painting, repairing, or doing Honey Do improvements at his home. He was mechanically inclined and helped so many friends with repairs he was known as Mr. Fix-It. In recent years he was happily teaching his grandchildren the proper use of tools and machinery.
As per his request Wayne will be cremated. In consideration of the danger of the Covid-19 virus the family has decided to forgo a traditional funeral at this time. A memorial service will be held at a later date when gatherings are safe.
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Rebecca H Clark

Posted at 08:31am
Evelyn and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for comfort.

Shelby Underwood

Posted at 12:57pm
One of the best teachers that Fayette County ever had and a all around nice man. He never forgot any of his students. Always loved running into him and having our little chats. He will surely be missed. Prayers to his family!

Jim Murdock Jr.

Posted at 07:38am
If I started to tell you about Wayne it would take more time and space than allowed here. I shall never forget his smile and how quickly it would appear when he was addressing a friend or someone that he happened to be having a conversation with. Back in the day, before Rt. 19, when the small towns were separated and loyalty to town and school ran strong through our area, Wayne seemed to have the ability to bridge over all those kind of things and was accepted wherever he went. Kind, helpful, intelligent, a true teacher by nature, Patient, a true concern for the future of his students, and most of all he had the respect of everyone he worked and associated with. A man among men, and now the rewards of this word have been traded for the rewards he has set up in a much better place, Heaven! Our job now is to prepare our pathway to go meet him again, and we know not when. Till then Wayne!
Hebrews 11:1

Thomas Simmons

Posted at 12:06pm
I had Mr Hizer in school, he was a fantastic teacher and good friend as I grew older. He was always coming in LOWE’s when I was the manager and we always had great conversations. He will be missed, good man and friend to all.

Tom Simmons

Mary J Bowling

Posted at 06:44pm
Eddie were very sad to learn of Wayne's passing. He was a wonderful person and a great teacher. We are sure he will be missed by all who loved and knew him.

Kay Shaulis Posted at 11:38am

Sorry for your loss. Prayerso for the family.

Kay Shaulis Posted at 11:44am

Naomi, I'm sorry for the loss of your brother. Prayers for comfort during this difficult time.

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