Athens Review, Athens, Texas

October 23, 2013

Civic leader dies

CCL woman falls to cancer

Kathi Nailling
The Athens Review

Athens — Nelda Jean (Jeanie) Hulsey, 81, a community civic leader at Cedar Creek Lake, lost her battle to cancer on Sunday, Oct. 20.  Hulsey played many parts in the growth of Cedar Creek Lake. Her most profound achievement was being named the President of the Seven Points Economical Development Corporation.

According to Jeanie's family, she was determined to make life a success and adventure. That is exactly what she did.

Hulsey was owner/proprietor of Forum Bowling Center in Grand Prairie. Throughout the years, Hulsey owned other bowling centers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  With her love of the game and her promotional talent, she was awarded with the WFAA-TV (ABC Affiliate) Sportscaster Award in 1958. In 1975, Hulsey received an award for Honorary Professional Women's Bowling Association. In 1988, Jeanie was presented the Athena Award for the Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce Business Woman of the Year.

Her awards continued in 1993, when she received the Honorary Mayor of Grand Prairie Award. Her highest achievement came, when in 1996, Jeanie was honored with the Chris Schenkel All-American Award. In 2004, she was named to the Fort Worth Bowling Association Hall of Fame. By 2005, she was named Proprietor of the Year for the State of Texas Women's Bowling Association.

For 20 years, Forum Bowling Center hosted national bowling tournaments airing on ABC.

By the 1990s, Jeanie became a permanent resident of Cedar Creek Lake.  Jeanie did not stay idle during her retirement. Her achievements include past president of the Cedar Creek Lake Women's Club, the Literary Club of Cedar Creek Lake and the Seven Points EDC. Jeanie was a major contributor to the fundraising efforts for The Library at Cedar Creek Lake.

Hulsey is survived by three children, son Randall Hulsey of Seven Points, daughters Brenda Hulsey of Grand Prairie and Debbie Meadows and her husband Bobby Cole of Arlington. Her sister is Claudett Allsup of Seven Points. Jeanie had seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Jeanie's obituary says it best: “She was such an amazing woman who touched the hearts of many lives, and will always be missed and remembered by all who knew her.”

The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations should be made to The Library of Cedar Creek Lake.

Services for Hulsey will be held on Friday, Oct. 25 at 10:30 a.m. at Cedar Creek Lake United Methodist Church in Tool.  Visitation will be on Thursday, Oct. 24 at Eubanks Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. A graveside service will be held at Moore Memorial Park in Arlington.