Christopher Brent Hayes, also known as "Bill" and "C.B.," age 87, of Bogart, passed away on February 25, 2013.
Chris was born in Kings Mountain, N.C., on March 2, 1925. After graduating from high school, Chris enlisted in the U.S. Navy
. While at a USO Canteen in New York City, Chris met the love of his life, Marion, and they were married on April 6, 1945. Chris and Marion spent the next 67 years together.
Upon discharge, Chris began his career with the New York City Police Department, working initially as a patrolman and ultimately promoted to detective on the bomb squad. Disarming bombs was routine to him. Repairmen, neighbors, and more couldn't help but notice all the commendations on the walls, and pictures of Chris disarming bombs. This would lead to long visits listening to the stories of his days combating the Black Panthers and Weathermen in the 1970's and '80's.
Aside from his stories, Chris was known for his unique expressions, such as "GO SCRATCH." It was just routine for him, and he was extremely humble in thinking that it was anything special.
Chris is survived by his children, Vi Kremkau, of Athens, Chris Hayes, of Rochester, N.Y., and Eric Hayes, of Troy, Ala.; five grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, sister, and recently, his beloved wife, Marion Hayes.
A celebration of life memorial for Chris and Marion will take place at a future date.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice Advantage or Athens Humane Society.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home East, Athens, is in charge of the arrangements.www.lordandstephens.com