James Howard Hayes, 78, died at home on Sunday, October 11, 2020.  Jim was born on September 2, 1942, in Jacksonville, Florida, to James Leroy and Alease Lulu Hayes.

Jim began working at Norandex of Gaylord in 1974 until he retired.  He played guitar professionally starting at the age of 18 and after retirement, he continued playing guitar with friends as a hobby.   He loved spending time with family and teaching his grandkids to play guitar as well.  Jim also enjoyed fishing, playing golf, and spending time on the Florida coast.  He had a great sense of humor and loved telling and even laughing at his own jokes

Jim spent time each month sharing his Bible-based beliefs with others and was a member of the Vanderbilt Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses for 35 years.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy, together for 50 years; his children, Jamie (John) Deffes,  Jeff Mendillo, Chris (Sandy) Hayes, Angela (Russ) Corey,  Sean (Julia) Hayes; 13 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; his brother Richard (Martha) Hayes;  and cousins, nieces and nephews.  He is preceded in death by his parents, his brother Steve Hayes and his son Mark Hayes.

A memorial service will be held on October 24th via Zoom.  Please contact the family for the login information.   Kindly share thoughts and memories with the family at Nelsons Funeral Home website www.nelsonsfuneralhome.com