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John Terrence Hayes M.D.

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John Terrence Hayes, M.D. Dr. John Terrence Hayes was born December 8, 1923 in Howard City, Michigan and died at home on Hilton Head Island, SC on December 31, 2013.He was predeceased by his parents, Dr. Laurence William Hayes and Freda Augusta Schanz and his brother Dr. Laurence William Hayes, Jr.He is survived by his beloved wife, Marilyn Hrobar Hayes and nine children; Karen Smyth (Pete), Dr. Colleen Hayes (Shane), Anne Knuth (Earl), John Terrence Hayes, Jr., Laurie Deffenbaugh (Marty), Brian Hayes (Frankie), John Michael Hayes, Catherine Dux (Marcus) and Jaison Hrobar (Traci) and his brother Dr. Thomas Hayes (Geneva). In addition, John leaves grandchildren Matthew, Heather, Erin, Arthur, Elysia, David, Echo, Chloe, Kegan, Ivy, Ellie, Mackenzie, Logan, Jaiden and Torin and great grandchildren Tyrian, Allyndreth, Evya, Nathaniel and Collin.John was a proud Navy Veteran of WWII, having served as a Gunnery Officer aboard the U.S.S. Bunker Hill, CV-17, an aircraft carrier. At age 21, he earned a Bronze Star for "distinguishing himself by heroic and meritorious achievement...He organized his gun crew into an effective fighting team which distinguished itself by its outstanding record of alertness and accuracy." He was honored to tell his story in a documentary film made for PBS entitled Wounded in Action - Legacy of Heroes.After the war, John returned to the University of Michigan where he earned his M.D. in 1951, interned from 1952-53 and completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery under Dr. Carl Badgley from 1953-56. In all, he dedicated over 50 years of his life to serving the infirm through his practice of Orthopaedic Surgery and to training over 70 medical residents to do the same. In 1966 he left his position as Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, Section of Orthopaedic Surgery and, with his family, moved to Winston-Salem, NC where he accepted the position of Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation at Bowman Gray School of Medicine. He maintained that position until 1971 when he opened his private practice office. Dr. Hayes retired in 2003 and, in 2005, he and Marilyn settled on Hilton Head Island, Marilyn's former home.A celebration of his life and redemption will be held at 2:30pm on Sunday, January 5 at Grace Community Church, 450 Spanish Wells Road, Hilton Head, 29926 (843-681-6698) with a burial service at 4:00pm at Six Oaks Cemetery in Sea Pines, Hilton Head. Friends and family will gather at the family home following the services. It is requested that memorial contributions be offered to Grace Community Church.

Published in The Island Packet from Jan. 3 to Feb. 3, 2014
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