Earl J. Hayes Jr.

Tuesday, September 7, 2004

Earl J. Hayes Jr. of Marked Tree, Ark., died Saturday, Sept. 4, 2004, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.

He was born Jan. 14, 1927, in Lepanto, Ark., son of Earl J. and Lillie Trucks Hayes Sr. He first married Colon B. Williams, and later married Mary B. Richardson Smith.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Asiatic Pacific Theater of World War II from April 20, 1945, to June 10, 1946, and was a member of Martin-Courtney VFW Post 4835 in Creve Coeur, Ill.

Earl worked for the Caterpillar Tractor Co. for 40 years and after retirement moved to Sarasota, Fla. In 1997, he moved to Marked Tree. He had been living with his daughter, Beth Newell, in Jackson since April.

Loving survivors include three sons, Danny Hayes of Dyersburg, Tenn., Jerry Hayes of Paducah, Ky., Randy Hayes and his wife, Marilyn, of Groveland, Ill.; three daughters, Judy Roberts and husband, James, of Pisgah, Ala., Donna Steenblock of Grand Ridge, Fla., Beth Newell and husband, Gene, of Jackson; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

Also surviving is a sister, Inis Liles of Haines City, Fla.; a stepbrother, Roy H. Ray Jr. of New Bern, N.C.; two stepsisters, Marie Stallings of Manilla, Ark., and Katherine Bostic of Holtville, Calif.

He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Roy H. Ray, who raised Earl from a young boy; a brother, a sister, a stepbrother and a stepsister.

Funeral service is Tuesday, Sept. 7, at 1 p.m. at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson, with the Revs. Charles Newell and David Massie officiating.

Burial will follow in Old Salem Cemetery with graveside military honors.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the American Cancer Society or the VFW Post of your choice.