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James H. Hayes

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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

3 comments on “James H. Hayes”

  1. Tony and Sally Scott-Lyk

    Dorthy and family, We are so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. We worked with Jim and fondly remember his great sense of humor! One of the best lines I remember, when asking how he was doing was to say, “Finer than frog hair, and that’s mighty fine!” He was a very well liked man. Our thoughts are with you.
    -Tony and Sally Scott-Lyk

    • Dorothy, and family
      We are so sorry for your loss. Jim will never be forgotten. We long for the day we can all be together with him again in the earthly paradise. It’s not long off now when we will hear his laugh, see his smile, and enjoy his music again. Warm hugs and Christian love to you all. John and Gina Ranger

      • Joseph Hickerson

        Dorothy and family, it has been many years since last we met. Many great memories of the music and bands Jim and I were involved in during the late ’70’s and ’80’s. Don’t know where the time went. We were blessed to share some of it with you and Jim.
        The Lord’s Peace,

        Joe and Micki Hickerson

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