Willa Marie Hayes, 91 of Chipley, passed away Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at her residence surrounded by loved ones. Marie was born Jan. 2, 1922 in Ebro to Nelson and Nancy (Pitts) Long. A lifelong resident of the panhandle, she worked as a manager for the Roulhac Middle School lunch room, and was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, George Hayes.
She is survived by her son, James Hayes and wife Loette of Chipley; two daughters, Nina Strickland (Jerry) of Chipley, Nell Cook (Bill) of Warner Robins, Ga. and two sisters, Lavivan Barefield of Echo, Ala., Mathel McFayden of Chipley
Services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 5, 2013 at Poplar Head Independent Free Will Baptist Church in Chipley, with the Rev. Tim Owens and the Rev. Otis Whitehead officiating. The family received friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment followed in Poplar Head cemetery in Chipley. Obert Funeral Home of Chipley directing. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Emerald Coast Hospice @ 1330 South Blvd. Chipley, Florida 32428.