Nellie L. Hatfield

December 25, 1926 ‒ October 29, 2015

Marion, Ohio

Nellie L. Hatfield, age 88 of Marion, passed away on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at the Primrose Retirement Community of Marion.

Nellie was born on Christmas Day in 1926 to John Shaw and Emily Jane (Riggs) Hager in Kenova, West Virginia. She graduated from Ceredo-Kenova High School in the class of 1945. On April 8th of that year, she was united in marriage to Billy Ray Hatfield.
Nellie had spent over 20 years working at GTE, later Verizon, in the Customer Service Department.

She enjoyed working in her yard and tending to her flowers. Nellie also had a passion for sewing, especially making dresses for her granddaughters.

She is survived by her children: Robert (Marcia) Hatfield, Emily (Patrick) Raffel, Jennifer (Kenneth) Switzer and Billy (Mary Beth) Hatfield; grandchildren: Brian Hatfield, Stephen Raffel, Christina Hatfield, Nicki Raffel, Diana (Jim) Crouch, Stefanie Hatfield, Margaret (Curt) Randles, Amy Hatfield, Amanda Switzer, Abigail Bennett and Allison Switzer; 3 great grandchildren.

Nellie is preceded in death by her parents; her husband Billy Ray Hatfield and siblings: John Hager, Beatrice Smith and Robert Hager.

Visitation will be held on Monday November 2, 2015 at Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home, 360 East Center St., Marion from 4PM to 7PM; Burial will be held at a later date in the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.

The Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family and condolences may be expressed by visiting


  • Nellie Hatfield Family
    Nellie was one of the Barb wives that provided strong support for her husband, Billy Hatfield, one of the REAL heros of WWII for his service in Barb, Billy was one of only 8 US SerVicemen that conducted combat operation on the main Islands of Japan when they blew up a train on Karafuto in !945. Nellie and Billy were active members of the Barb family after WWII. They had a wonderful 70 year marriage and raised a caring and giviNg Family.
    On behalf of all the surviving Barb Family, I extend our Sincere Sympathy to Nellie survivors.
    Warm Regards,
    Max C. Duncan CAPT USN(Ret)
    Torpedo and Gunnery Officer
    USS Barb (ss 220)

  • We are so sorry to have lost another cousin from this life to the hereafter. Although most of the younger members of Nellie’s family will not know or remember me, I have very fond memories of hearing about her four children as they were born and grew to college age; then we lost personal contact, but I still heard many bits and pieces of fun-filled stories from Nell and Beatrice, especially as they cared for their mother, Emily, at the Riggs home place on Joel’s Branch. As young adults and even as we began to age, we always enjoyed each other’s company; Nell will be sorely missed. My thoughts and prayers are with her entire family during this sad time, as I’m sure, are those of my brothers, Cliff Ball, David Ball and Larry Ball. May God be with you all during this period of mourning and throughout your lives. Blessings.

    Dr. Lois (Ball) Wilmoth-Bennett
    Walter C. (Cliff) Ball
    David (Dave & Donna) Ball
    Larry (Butch & Celeste) Ball

  • We are sad for the news of the loss of your Mother. Please know you and all your family, and your Mother are in our prayers as you heal.

    Em, in reading your Mother’s life story, I now know where you gained your loves of flowers and your talent for sewing!

    When a loved one becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.

    Our sympathies,

    Ray & Debra Witte

  • We never had the pleasure of meeting Mr.& Mrs. Hatfield . We did have the pleasure of meeting Bill Hatfield and all of his Family . Our thoughts and prayers are with all of family during this sad time. Bill, your Mother’s life story as your Father’s is one for all to be thankful for and respect with Honor.

    Our sympathies,

    Francis & Susan Miller

  • As one who wrote a biography of Capt. Fluckey and the men of the Barb, my sympathies at the passing of Nellie. I know both she and husband Billy were very active in the USS Barb organization and helpful to my understanding of Billy’s heroics in WWII. Both Nellie and Billy are missed.

  • Dear Emily,
    How sad we are for the loss of your Mother. What Pat put on line today was such a beautiful love story.

    With deepest sympathies,
    Greg and Pam Ponticos

  • I will never forget Mrs. Hatfield, the memories I have when she was our Brownies and Girl Scout leader. The trips she took us on to Columbus, Cincinnati, New York and Washington DC. She was a wonderful person. My condolences to your family.

  • You have my deepest sympathy. Being one of the Barb Family, I know how very much Nellie was thought of. Both she and Billy Ray were great friends of ours and our times together in the Barb family cannot be duplicated. With love and prayers.

    Evelyn Miller widow of Donald L. Miller

  • So sorry for your loss. You were so lucky to have had her for so long, making memories that will sustain you during this time of grieving. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. In her own words, “it will not get better, but it will get a little easier”, and she was right. May it be so for you.