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Robert Bruce Hays

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McKEE - Robert Bruce Hays was born December 4, 1922 in McKee, KY to James R. and Nellie (Russell) Hays. Bruce departed this life at his home in McKee on Friday, June 6, 2008. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Ruby Baker Hays; one daughter, Donna Hays Albaugh of Richmond, KY; one son Robert Bruce Hays Jr. of Lexington, KY; by a granddaughter, Amy Christine Albaugh and one grandson, Robert Lee Albaugh both of Richmond, KY and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. Bruce was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Russell, Earl and Ed and by a sister, Christine Ellis. Bruce was a faithful member of the McKee Reformed Church since age nine. He has served as Deacon, Elder, and a member of the Consistory. Bruce was a graduate of McKee High School and Western Kentucky University. He served his country in the Navy during World War II from May 19, 1943 to May of 1946. Mr. Hays Vice President and Director of the Jackson County Bank for 45 years where he saw the bank grow from a small-town bank to one of the most respected banks in the state. Bruce Hays served 58 years as Director of Peoples Rural Telephone Cooperative. Mr. Hays secured the loan to start telephone service in Jackson County which was the first rural loan to be approved in Kentucky. Bruce made history by making the first telephone call in Jackson County which was to Washington, DC. Mr. Hays served as Treasurer of Jackson County Health Department for 55 years. Bruce was a lifetime member of the Jackson County Kiwanis Club where he served in many positions. Mr. Hays has served in numerous civic and community capacities, including the McKee City Council. Bruce helped secure the first water and sewage system for McKee in 1964. Bruce has spent his adult life contributing in many ways to the improvement of his beloved Jackson County with vision and integrity. Robert Bruce Hays leaves a valuable legacy of community service and a great void for his family, friends and community. He will be sadly missed. Funeral service will be held 2:00 PM Tuesday, June 10, 2008 at Lakes Funeral Home in McKee, KY with Bro. Calvin Hays and Bro. Gerald Maupin officiating. Burial to follow in the Pilot Knob Cemetery in Madison County. Visitation 6:00 PM Monday at Lakes Funeral Home in McKee, KY. www.lakesfuneralhomemckee.com
Published in Lexington Herald-Leader on June 9, 2008
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