Harold Laverne Hayes

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Harold Laverne Hayes Hayes

Harold Laverne Hayes died peacefully at his home in Alexandria, Louisiana surrounded by family and friends the evening of August 10, 2013. He was born the third son of John Noah and Bertha Mae Smith Hayes of Dry Prong, Louisiana on December 12, 1927. Mr. Hayes enlisted in the US Navy during World War II and served honorably in Okinawa before briefly returning to his hometown to marry the love of his life Annie Yvonne Shirley Hayes on February 18, 1947.

After his honorable discharge from the Navy, Mr. Hayes brought his family back to central Louisiana where he graduated from Dry Prong High School. Mr. Hayes also graduated from Alexandria Business College on the GI Bill and attended Louisiana College taking advanced accounting classes. He worked hard to provide for his family first as the accountant of Kellog Lumber Company where he worked until the company closed and then gave many years as accounting officer of Guaranty Bank.

Mr. Hayes was a graduate of the Louisiana Banker's School of Supervisory Training, and was a member of the Louisiana Lumberman's Association, Louisiana Banker's Association, and Alexandria/Pineville Chamber of Commerce. His love of hunting and the outdoors were manifested in his memberships in Ducks Unlimited, the National Turkey Federation and Rapides Wildlife Federation.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, his parents and two siblings Rudolph Hayes and Doris Hayes Johnson.

Mr. Hayes is survived by his loyal and loving sister Juanita Hayes Bradas and husband John of Alexandria, and his older brother Reginald of Corpus Christi, Texas. Those left with many awesome memories of Mr. Hayes include his son Donnie Wayne Hayes and wife Angela Wendell Hayes of Alexandria and his daughter Lisa Renee Hayes Oustalet and husband Joel Philip Oustalet of Lake Arthur, Louisiana.

He was the proud grandfather of five grandchildren Jolie Angele Oustalet Picou and spouse Richard of Jennings, Joel Philip Oustalet, II of Lake Arthur, Samuel Bates Hayes and wife Aimee of Plaucheville, Chance Christian Oustalet of Baton Rouge and Katherine Elizabeth Hayes of Alexandria. Mr. Hayes also leaves behind a brother -in-law, Huey P. Shirley of Dry Prong and a sister-in-law, Lucy Shirley Hayes of Alexandria, as well as three great-grandchildren Richard James, Jack Cannon and Easley Oustalet Picou all of Jennings, and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

The Hayes family thanks Drs. Shaw, Bevels, Gulani and Pearce as well as the entire staff of Cabrini Hospital and Compassionate Care, especially Allison Young and Rhonda Cole, as well as his sitters Debbie and Ann Setliff for the excellent care they gave Mr. Hayes.

Visitation for Mr. Hayes will be from 6-9 p.m. Monday, August 12, at Hixson Brother Funeral Home in Alexandria. Services will be conducted by Rev. Kenneth Hyde and Rev. Lloyd Whitman at 3 p.m., Tuesday, August 13, in the chapel at Hixson Brothers. Those honored to serve as pallbearers are: Joel Philip and Chance Oustalet, Sam Hayes, John Michael Bradas, Richard James Picou, Jr., and Jeffrey Alan Bradas. Interment will follow the service at Alexandria Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Louisiana State University at Alexandria Business Department, Grant High School or the .

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Published in The Town Talk on Aug. 12, 2013
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