George Howell Hayes (2018-09-06 15:10:30)

George Howell Hayes, age 95, of Cecil Street, Boone, passed away Tuesday morning, September 4, 2018 at Watauga Medical Center.

Born July 7, 1923 in Watauga County, he was a son of George Hamilton and Rosa Coffey Hayes. Mr. Hayes was a member of Rutherwood Baptist Church. He served honorably in the U.S. Navy during WWII. For many years, he owned and operated Hayes Tire Service in the Rutherwood community.
Howell enjoyed sharing his bounty of apples with family, neighbors and friends. As he stated many times, he loved the Lord and was blessed beyond measure. Howell was a special friend to all who knew him.

Mr. Hayes is survived by his wife of 15 years, Jean Greene Hayes; daughter, Brenda Shook and husband, Mike, of the Foscoe community, and son, Mark Hayes of Boone; three grandchildren, Rebekah Hayes and Mason and Alexis Shook; step-daughters, Evelyn Dugger of Elizabethton, TN, Wanda Gentry of Mountain City, TN, and Melanie Shelton of Louisville, KY; step-son, Dale Reece of Todd; sisters-in-law, Treva Castle and husband, Lynn and Flavel Eggers, all of Boone, Canses Smith of Charlotte, Frieda Crotts of Granite Falls, and Barbara Barnes and husband, Tom, of Huntersville. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Delma Moretz Hayes; brothers, Roby, Tom, Orris, Don, Joe, Bill and Buck Hayes; and sisters, Nannie Cook, Texie Cook, Doris VanDyke and Julia Hicks.

Funeral services for Howell Hayes will be conducted Saturday afternoon, September 8, 2018, at 2 oclock at Rutherwood Baptist Church, officiated by Pastor Peter Vandenberg, Rev. Bud Russell and Minister Gordon Noble. The family will receive friends Saturday from noon until 2 oclock, prior to services, at the church.
Military graveside Honors, provided by the American Legion Post #130 and the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 90, will follow at Mount Lawn Memorial Park & Gardens.

The family respectfully requests no food and suggests memorials to Caldwell Hospice & Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood Street, NW, Lenoir, NC 28645.

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Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Hayes family.