Troy Hays

Friday, January 11, 2008

PATTON, Mo. -- Troy James Hays, 26, of Sparta, Mo., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008.

He was born Sept. 7, 1981, in Creve Coeur, Mo., son of James and Ruth Poddig Hays.

Troy currently taught math, English and physical education, and coached the girls varsity basketball and boys varsity baseball teams at Bradleyville High School. He was a member of MSTA and had been senior class sponsor the past two years. He was a member of Whitewater Baptist Church at Patton.

Troy enjoyed motorcycles and all sports, especially basketball and baseball. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. Troy was especially devoted to his son and girlfriend.

Survivors include his parents, Ruth and James Hays of Patton; his girlfriend, Ashley Parres of Sparta; a son, Thomas James Hays of Sparta; a brother, Dustin Hays and wife Michelle of Tennessee; a sister, Brandy Ratcliff and husband Randy of Patton; a nephew, Tristan Ratcliff of Patton; grandparents, Shirley Burns of Festus, Mo., James and Janice Hays of Patton, and Betty Poddig of Illinois; a great-grandmother, Irene Ivy of Affton, Mo.; future in-laws, Tom and Debby Parres of Jackson; Jennifer and Ryan Shelton of Tennessee; Kelly Parres and Josh Birk, Lesley and Nick Todd, Whitney Parres and Seth Bollinger, all of Jackson; and many family and friends.

Troy was preceded in death by his grandparents, Robert Poddig, Lynnis Burns and Mary and Bernie Parres.

A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. today at Bradleyville High School.

Adams Funeral Home in Ozark, Mo., is in charge of arrangements.

A visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Liley Funeral Home in Patton.

The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Liley Funeral Home, with Roy Michael officiating. Burial will be in Patton Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Troy Hays Memorial Fund, in care of Legacy Bank, 7509 State Highway 14, Sparta, Mo., 65753.