English Teacher
1916 - 2008

HAZEL HUNTLEY HALEY – 91 – English Teacher - 
Hazel was born on November 5, 1916 in Orlando, FL.She passed away on  April 7, 2008 of a heart attack.
 The Lakeland High School English Teacher thought to have been the longest-serving teacher in the country, died at her home Monday. Hazel was 91, she retired in May 2006 after a 69 year career as an English Teacher, 67 of those years at Lakeland High.

 It was the longest tenure for a Florida teacher.

 Harold A. 'Streamline' Sale, a student of Haley's in the 1940s, went to Haley's home Monday afternoon and found her.

"We lost a very good friend today," Sale said. "Lakeland will miss her. Education will miss her."

Superintendent Gail McKinzie said Haley not only meant a lot to Polk County schools but to the whole community.

"She had such an influence on so many people who are now adults," McKinzie said. "It's a real loss to all of us."

McKinzie talked about how Haley continued to volunteer and attend Lakeland football games after retirement.

 Memorial gifts may be made to Florida Southern College for the Hazel Haley Scholarship Fund or the Hazel Haley Endowed Chair in Education, 111 Lake Hollingsworth Drive, Lakeland, FL 33801; or the Hazel Haley Trust for the Dreadnaught Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 1, Lakeland, FL 33802.
Services are Monday, April 14, 2008 at 4:00 p.m., First United Methodist Church , Sanctuary. -  Ledger, April 13, 2008

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