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The 97-year-old mother of Mingo County State Senator H. Truman Chafin has passed away after a lengthy illness.

Hazel Marie Isaac Chafin was preceded in death by her husband, former Mingo County Sheriff Tom C. Chafin. Also preceding her in death were her parents, Charles and Georgia Isaac; and three brothers, Tommy, Ray and Jack Isaac.

Described as a primitive artist, works created by Hazel Chafin hang in the offices and homes of her children. Senator Chafin often shows visitors a painting by his mother of the old Mingo County Courthouse which adorns his law office walls in Charleston.

Several of her paintings were selected for West Virginia’s Juried Exhibition by the state Department of Culture and History.

She is survived by one sister, Kathrine Isaac LaPorte of Elizabethton, Tennessee; three sons, Andrew, Don and Senator Chafin; two daughters, Georgia Griffith and Jeanne Persinger; 16 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Her son, Senator Chafin, was first elected to the state senate in 1982. He is currently the longest continuous serving senator at the West Virginia capitol. He also holds records for length of service as majority leader as well as membership on the finance and judiciary committees.

Hazel Chafin was a member of the Matewan Baptist Church. She will be interred next to her husband at the Ellison Hatfield Cemetery in New Town.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m., Sunday, July 13.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions honoring Mrs. Chafin to the Children’s Home Society of West Virginia, P.O. Box 2942, Charleston, WV 25330.

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