Coast to coast

October 6, 2011

Harold H. Hayes, 95, of Marion and a former 42-year resident of North Franklin Street in Delaware, passed away Wednesday (Oct. 5, 2001) at home.

Born July 24, 1916 in Nitro, W.Va., to the late Alpha F. and Delia (Huffman) Hayes, the youngest of 12 children. A U.S. Army veteran of World War II and Purple Heart recipient, he moved to Delaware in 1958 from Dunbar, W.Va. and to Marion in 2000. While in Dunbar, he worked 23 years for a porcelain enamel ware plant as plant foreman. Throughout his life, he was a dedicated care giver to his parents and other family members.

He was a member St. Mary Catholic Church, life member and past Grand Knight of Delaware Council 1056 Knights of Columbus and a life member of the Delaware Elks Lodge 76. He was also a member of five community theaters in Ohio and West Virginia, playing various roles, the production; “All My Sons” being his favorite. He directed numerous plays for his high school and also for St. Mary High School.

He is survived by numerous nieces and nephews in West Virginia and special grandniece, Cindy (Larry) Ballinger of Marion and their children, Melissa, Clay, Michael and Aaron; grandnephew, Gerald (Donna) Knox of Fort Myers, Fla., and their children, Sean, Danielle, Lily and Andrea.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 33 years, Mary K. (Bollinger) Hayes on March 31, 1991 and 11 siblings.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 75 W. William St., Delaware, and Mass of Christian burial will follow at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Mary Church, 82 E. William St., Delaware, with the Rev. Augustine Opke as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 300, Memphis, TN 38148-0552.

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