A resident of Baker for 59 years, and a native of Woodville, Mississippi, he passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. He was 88, and a US Army
veteran of WWII
. Visiting at Baker Presbyterian Church, 3015 Groom Road, Baker, on Saturday, June 15, 2013 from 9am until memorial service at noon, conducted by Rev. Charlene Heaton. He is survived by wife, Rose P. Hays of Baker; two sons and daughters-in-law, Greg and Pam Hays of Central, and Brent and Penny Hays of Erie, PA; and four grandchildren, Amber Anderson and husband Jeramie of Zachary, Brandon Hays and wife Kate of Nashville, TN, Joshua Hays of Pittsburgh, PA, and Andrew Hays of Erie, PA. Preceded in death by father, John L. Hays, Sr.; mother, Rosa Lee Hays; two sisters, Mary Katherine Golden and Rosa Roberts; and two brothers, James T. Hays and William "Billy" Hays. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations made to Ataxia Research Fund, Acct #0013, Dept. of Pathology, Rm. N208, c/o Joshua Cogswell, 2500 West State St., Jackson, MS, 39216; or Baker Presbyterian Church, where John was a member. John and Rose loved to travel, and spent 25 years traveling the country in their RV. He loved his camp at Lake Mary, and enjoyed hunting with the boys and Hays Place. Please sign the online guestbook at http://www.bakerfuneralhomeonline.com/.