Merrill K. Hayes

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Merrill K. Hayes, 87, passed away on October 3, 2016, and is forever rejoicing in the presence of our Lord and Savior. He was ferociously brave and valiantly strong as he surrendered to an illness that had weakened his body but not his spirit and will to love unconditionally. Merrill was born to loving parents, Luther Roland Hayes and Effie Gable Hayes on February 4, 1929, and was blessed with four brothers and three sisters. Family was always a priority for Merrill. He married Jane Norton Hayes on April 25, 1953, in Heflin. Merrill worked for Kimberly Clark Corporation for over 20 years. Working along side great friends brought him a lot of joy throughout his career. He loved them all like family. Merrill always worked tirelessly to support his wife and two daughters, Lisa Ann Pruitt and Jaynath Maria Hayes. He was blessed with a son-in-law, Keith Pruitt, that he loved like a son; two beautiful grandchildren, Chasity M. Lee and Brittany L. Pruitt and two great-grandchildren, Jersee R. Miears and Analise C. Fragapane. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. Merrill taught us all how to smile, embrace life equally with passion and compassion, to treat others as we would like to be treated, the satisfaction of a job well done, the importance of integrity and the value of being loyal to those around you. He embraced life, never met a stranger and was insatiable in his desire to do and care for others. We lost a true friend, confidant and protector but Heaven gained one of the greatest angels of all. Merrill's family will receive friends on October 5, 2016 from 5 until 7 p.m. at Dryden Funeral Home in Heflin. A funeral service will be held on October 6, 2016 at 11 a.m. in the chapel at Dryden Funeral Home. Dryden Funeral Home 256-463-2287 Visit our website:
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Published in The Anniston Star on Oct. 5, 2016