Robert R. Hazelwood

Robert Hazelwood

Robert Roy Hazelwood, 78, of Fredericksburg died peacefully doing something he really loved to do, napping in the sun, on Monday, April 18, 2016.

Roy was born in Pocatello, Idaho on March 4, 1938. He was the son of the late Luella and Earl Hazelwood, and he was also preceded in death by a brother, Jimmy, and a sister, Earlene. He is survived by his wife, Peggy Driver Hazelwood; children Robert Hazelwood Jr. (Jaide), Keith Hazelwood (Gail) and Kevin Hazelwood (Kim); stepchildren Cheryl Alderman (Ron) and Stephen Driver (Melissa); two dog babies, Bandi and Sassy; 13 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and his children’s mother, Joan Hazelwood.

Roy served 11 years in the U.S. Army, obtaining the rank of major. He also served 22 years in the FBI, 16 of which were in the Behavioral Science Unit at the FBI Academy. He held a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and a master’s degree in Counseling and Guidance, with a one-year fellowship in forensic medicine. During Roy’s time in the Bureau, he consulted on the Bosnia War crimes and lectured in all 50 states and throughout Canada, Europe and the Caribbean. Roy has written several books and articles and contributed to textbooks. He also testified as an expert witness in civil and criminal trials in city, state and federal courts, as well as committees of the U.S. Senate, U.S. House and Presidential Commission.

Roy was a member of the Hope Presbyterian Church of Spotsylvania, where he had held the office of elder and deacon and had taught several Bible studies and Sunday school classes. He was known for visiting the shut-ins and the hospital patients of his church. Roy also served on several church committees. He gave talks and provided consult to Empowerhouse and helped counsel young students towards the field of criminal justice. Roy was well-respected in the community, having worked with the criminal justice system and mental health organizations.

Roy served as a faculty member of the FBI Academy and the U.S. Army Military Police CID School. He received numerous awards from academic, mental health and law enforcement communities. Roy was awarded the “Distinguished Alumni” from Sam Houston State University, and in 2005, he was inducted into the Sigma Chi Fraternity Hall of Fame and recognized as a “Significant Sig” in 2002. Roy was twice awarded the prestigious “Thomas Jefferson Award” for research from the University of Virginia and had also appeared on numerous TV programs.

Roy’s favorite vacation was sitting in a beach chair with a book and a cup of tea and enjoying the ocean’s surf. In his spare time, he liked to read, sit in the sun, watch cowboy shows on TV and cheer on his favorite team, the Washington Nationals. Sometimes he liked to watch the Dallas Cowboys, but since he was surrounded by Redskins’ fans, he watched in silence.

There will be a visitation of friends and family from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 24, at Covenant Funeral Service, 4801 Jefferson Davis Highway, Fredericksburg, VA.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 25, at the Hope Presbyterian Church. Interment will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 26, in Quantico National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hope Presbyterian Church, Capital Campaign Fund, 11121 Leavells Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22407.

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