Deacon Elzie Hayes Sr. departed this life on Tuesday August 31, 2021, at his residence. Elzie, 83, was born January 29, 1938, to the late Obie Hayes and Vernell Sweat Hayes.

At an early age he met and married the love of his life, the late Marilyn Carter Hayes, and to this union five children were born. These two were inseparable and their love was special. They based their 60-year marriage on Godly principles, and it showed in their everyday lives. God has filled Elzieā€™s void and now they are reunited together again in heaven. Elzie joined the First African Missionary Baptist Church at a very young age. He served on many boards at the church including Chairman of the Deacon Board for over 24 years, Senior Usher Board, Senior Citizen Ministry, and the Male Choir. Elzie enjoyed driving the school bus and did it well. He had many road miles with trips that he took from track, football, softball, tennis, band and basketball. Everyone knew if they were going on a trip and Elzie was driving, they would get there fast!

Elzie was preceded in death by his parents, the late Obie Hayes, Vernell Sweat Hayes, and Catherine Hayes, a brother Obie Hayes Jr., the Love of his Heart Marilyn Carter Hayes and his daughter Shelia Hayes Williams.

He leaves to cherish his memory his children, Elzie (Felecia) Hayes Jr. of Baxley, Nathaniel (Mimi) Hayes of Guyton, Jacqueline (Oliver) Davis of Folkston, Sylvia (Michael) Tremble of Statesboro, a son-in-law Brancis Williams of Roanoke Rapids, NC, grandchildren, Torreon Hayes, Nicheon Hayes, Jeronte Davis, Justin Davis, Jeremy Hayes, Jamez Davis, Desiree Hayes, Myriah Tremble, Elzaria Davis, Brandeis Williams, Samiya Tremble, Jonathon Hayes, Bryson Williams and Nathan Hayes, great grandchildren, Jeremy Hayes Jr., Kameron Davis, Jaiyla Davis, Kailyn Hayes and Jaxson Hayes, siblings, Pearl Pace, Ora (Spencer) Simon of Miami, FL, Robert (Jacqueline) Hayes, and Enoch Hayes of Palm Bay, FL, Eunice Fryer of Baxley, sisters-in-law, Mary (Zach) Walton of Baxley, Linda (Ronnie) Berry of Hinesville, Vanessa Rucker of Reidsville, brothers-in-law, Charles (Pauline) Carter, Billy (Etha) Carter, and Rubin (Patricia) Carter all of Baxley, Raymond (Joyce) Carter of Jesup and a host of special nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

A graveside funeral service was held at Rachael Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery on Saturday, September 4, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. with the Rev. James Hayes presiding.

Active pallbearers were Torreon Hayes, Nicheon Hayes, Jeronte Davis, Justin Davis, Jeremy Hayes, Jamez Davis, Johnathon Hayes, Bryson Williams and Nathan Hayes.

Honorary pallbearers were Appling County bus drivers and nephews.

Flower bearers were granddaughters and nieces.

Musical selections were rendered by Mrs. Mimi Hayes, Minister Derrick Hayes and Deacon Jamie Nails.

Final arrangements were entrusted to C. M. Brown Funeral Home.