HAYWARD, James B., Born November 15, 1930 in Plant City, a seventh generation Floridian, James B. Hayward, affect-ionately known as Jim, was the son of Brent Hayward and Pasadena Hawkins. He was the grandson of John Cleveland Hayward and Emma J. Kelley. He was the G-Grandson of Jeremiah Kelly and Jane Kelly. Jeremiah was a Union soldier during the Civil War and he served in Company E. Stone County in the Missouri Home Guards and was the G-Grandson of Private John Wesley Hawkins and his wife Eliza Collins. Priv. Hawkins was a private in Co. B., 1st Battalion of the Florida Special Calvary, CSA. Jim served the US Army. 11th Airborne Division, an elite strike force that could be deployed in hours around the globe to counteract any emergency during the Korean War, then continued service in the USAF Reserve, USAR, and Florida National Guard for a total of 39 years. A true genealogist historian and Southern Gentleman, Jim is a Lifetime Member of the East Hillsborough Historical Society as well as past president. He attained an associate degree from Florida Central College in 1960. He has always been an able mechanic and has built and rebuilt numerous Model T Fords. He has commanded both the SUV and SCV, serving 21 years as Commander, "the Grand Old Man" of the John T. Lesley Camp of the SCV, is a 32nd Degree Mason and Shriner, holding memberships in the Society of the War of 1812, Sons of the American Revolution, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Military Order of the Stars & Bars and is commissioned in the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels. Colonel Hayward is a member of St. Stephens Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus. Jim loved hosting biannual Fish Fries at his home complete with a live Bluegrass Band. To honor his passing, the Confederate flag is flying at half-mast over his home; he will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Jim was the father of James Irwin (deceased), Karl Otto, Erwin Rommel and Anthony Brent Hayward. His second wife of 27 years, Rosa Nell Mitchell Fuller Hayward (deceased) was the love of his life and mother of his two stepdaughters, Susan Carol Fuller Braun and Jeannie Fuller Early, He is also survived by his brother J.D. Hayward and sister, Opal Hayward as well as current wife who has lovingly cared for him these last five years, Anne Shoults Hayward. Jim has seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Visitation Friday May 10th from 6-8pm at Stowers Funeral Home, 401 W. Brandon Blvd. Brandon where a service will be held Saturday May 11th at 11:00am with interment following at Oaklawn Cemetery in Plant City.
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Published in TBO.com on May 8, 2013