Gerald Hayes, 64 of Noma, passed away, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013 at Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan, Ala. Gerald was born in Noma, on Feb. 2, 1949 to the late Jay Harding Hayes and Rena Pearl Ramsey Hayes. A 1968 graduate of Poplar Springs High School, Gerald served as a SSGT with the U.S. Air Force
from 1969 to 1979, a veteran of the Vietnam War
. He was a graduate of Belmont Technical College, worked many years with Utility Trailers in Enterprise, Ala., and he then retired from Wiley Sanders Trucking Company in Troy, Ala. Gerald was a member of Noma Assembly of God Church and Bethlehem Masonic Lodge.
Proceeded in death by his parents; two sisters, Virginia and Betty Faye and his best friend, Ken Harris.
Survived by one son, Jay Richard "Ricky" Hayes ( Ilsa), Grand Ridge; one daughter Phyllis Lynne Russell (Kelley), Enterprise, Ala.; two brothers, James Hayes (Mary Ann), Noma and Phil Baxley (Christy), Bethlehem; six grandchildren, Tyler, Taylor, Jay Nathan, Chase, Parker and Caroline; mother of children, Dianne Bell Hayes and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013 at Noma Assembly of God with Bro. Phil Baxley and Bro. Danny Venkler officiating. Burial followed in Noma Cemetery with military honors by the U.S. Air Force, James & Lipford Funeral Home in Graceville directing. Family received friends at the funeral home Saturday, from 6 to 8 p.m. Flowers accepted or those wishing can make memorials to Covenant Hospice 4215 Kelson Ave., Suite E, Marianna, FL 32446. Expressions of sympathy can be made at http://www.jamesandlipford.com/