Ann Elizabeth Nelson Hays
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Mrs. Ann Elizabeth Nelson Hays, age 91, a lifetime resident of Giles County, Tennessee, passed away on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at Hillside Hospital.
Ann Elizabeth Nelson Hays was born in Pulaski, Tennessee on September 1, 1922. She attended school in Pulaski and was a member of the Varsity Girls Basketball team in the 9th grade in Pulaski. As a teen, she was also named Miss Giles County and Giles County Dairy Princess. In 1946, she and her husband of 43 years, Rogers H. Hays, co-founded Hays Distributing Company, a beer distributorship, where she continued to work with her son, Rogers N. Hays, until the business was sold in 1992.
Visitation will be at Bennett-May-Giles County Funeral Home Friday, February 21, 2014 from 4 o'clock until 8 o'clock. Funeral services will be 12 Noon Saturday, February 22, 2014 at the Church of the Messiah, with Reverend Carolyn Keck officiating. Burial will follow at the Maplewood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Church of the Messiah, 114 North 3rd Street, Pulaski, Tennessee.
Ann Elizabeth Nelson Hays was preceded in death by her father, Joseph Stokely Nelson; her mother, Mildred King Nelson Rambo and her step-father, Ben McGrew Rambo.
She is survived by her son, Rogers N. Hays and wife Susie of Pulaski; three (3) grandchildren: Rogers Herbert (Herbie) Hays II and wife Katie of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Charles (Chas) Stokely Hays and wife Shawn of Houston, Texas, and Suzanna (Starr) Hays Owens and husband Casey of Minor Hill, Tennessee; three (3) great-grandchildren and three (3) step-grandchildren.
Bennett-Mays-Giles County, (931) 363-0828.
Bennett-May-Giles County Funeral Home
216 W. College St. Pulaski, TN 38478
Published in The Tennessean on Feb. 22, 2014