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Walter Hayes, 78, of Greenup, husband of Joyce Blevins Hayes, died Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in Community Hospice Care Center, following an extended illness.
Walter was born Oct. 14, 1939, on George's Creek in Lawrence County, a son of the late Harrison and Sara Jane Dixon Hayes.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Sandra Pope Hayes; three brothers, Homer, Hubert and Elster Hayes; and four sisters, Rose Marie Hayes, Sylvia Cremeans, Anna Ruth Reinhart and Minnie Preston.
Walter was a retired supervisor with Ashland Oil, a member of Rose Hill Baptist Church, where he enjoyed the fellowship with his Sunday school class members and an enthusiastic bluegrass music fan.
In addition to his wife, Joyce, he is survived by four daughters, Tammy Hayes of Ashland, Teresa (Wayne) Brown of Rush, Cindy (Jeff Davis) Crace of New Martinsville, W.Va. and P.K (Richard) Hale of Salt Lick; a stepson, Jimmy (Carrie Ruff) Ratliff of Ashland; seven grandchildren, Jonathan (Natasha) Rice, Megan (Adam) Brown-Clark, Alexandria (Adam Brown)Taylor, Kaitlin (Brian) Smith, Sarah Morgan Crace, Abigail Mains and Addison Mains; eight great-grandchildren, Elizabeth Moore, Melanie Southard, Brookyn Rice, JD Rice, Stevee Crace, Sophie Taylor, Emma Brown, Addy Brown, and expecting baby Lincoln Hayes Clark.
Funeral services will be at noon Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, at Preston Family Funeral Home. Entombment will be in Rose Hill Burial Park Mausoleum.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be sent to prestonfamilyfuneralhome.com.
Published on October 25, 2017
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