Dr. Hazel K. "Sister Hazel" Williams Dies at 91

July 18, 2016

Dr. Hazel K. Williams, known by many as Sister Hazel Williams, passed away Friday night at the age of 91.  She was known locally as a tireless advocate for the poor and homeless and nationally as the inspiration for the band, Sister Hazel. Sister Hazel founded  Angel of Mercy in Gainesville Ministries became a household name after Gainesville singer, Ken Block, asked if he could name a band after her, because in Ken's words, her name represented "unconditional regard for everybody".  She agreed on the condition that the lyrics from the band were clean. Her work included visiting prisoners, feeding the homeless and shipping supplies to the needy worldwide. Funeral details have not been released.

Thank you Dr. Hazel K. "Sister Hazel" Williams for making the world a better place and inspiring us to be better.

Dr. Hazel K. "Sister Hazel" Williams Dies (WUFT)

Sister Hazel receives the first ever Citizen of GRACE Award in 2015 (Gainesville Sun)