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Gregory Hayes VIRGINIA BEACH - Sgt. Gregory Hayes of the Virginia Beach Police Department departed this life July 21, 2009. He was born in New York City Sept. 12, 1961, to Calvin and Selena Hayes. Several years later, he moved with his family to Brooklyn, N.Y. He started his early childhood education in the Brooklyn school system. In 1973, his family moved to Englewood, N.J., where he entered Englewood Middle School, and attended Dwight Morrow High School for two years. He transferred to the prestigious Rhodes Academy, where he completed his studies. Over several years, he studied for and received his associate's degree in liberal arts and later he received his bachelor's of science degree. After graduation, he joined the U.S. Army. During his time in the Army, he was selected to return to his hometown of Englewood, as a recruiter. When he departed the military, he received an honorable discharge. When he left the military, Greg was told by everyone jobs were scarce, and that he should stay in the military. He answered by saying, "Yes, I can find one." He found not only one, but three jobs to choose from. He chose the telephone installer position. Receiving a promotion to supervisor rewarded Greg's diligence and good work ethics. He loved his work and the freedom it allowed him to navigate around New York City and New Jersey. After several years, he got the urge to move on to new territories where he could serve and help people at the same time. He applied to the Virginia Beach Police Department and was accepted. In the fall of 1990, upon graduation from the Recruit Academy, Greg, as he was called, held many ranks and positions. First, as an officer at the third and second precinct, as a SWAT Team member of Special Operations at the first precinct, and as a police detective at the Second precinct. Greg received a career progression to master police officer in September 1996, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant in December 2004. In that capacity, he served at the second precinct and then the Detective Bureau, Warrant and Fugitive Unit until his untimely retirement, due to illness in May 2009. In 2001, prior to 9/11, Greg joined the U.S. Coast Guard. He was assigned to Marine Safety office. He was activated after 9/11 to protect and secure the ports of Hampton Roads. Greg was reactivated during Operation Freedom of Iraq to secure the ports of Norfolk. He held the rank of petty officer 1st class. In September 2008, Greg and a fellow police officer, Ben Johnson became partners in a business venture, Virginia Beach Ink, Tattoo Studio; this was very successful. He leaves to cherish the beautiful memories of his loving and devoted wife, Zelithea; his son, Maurice "Mo"; his daughter, Destany "Pumpkin," as he affectionately called her; and his grandson, Jamari, whom he loved dearly. He also leaves very loving and supportive parents, Calvin and Selena Hayes of Englewood, N.J.; father- in-law, Randy Germain of St. Croix and devoted and caring mother-in-law, Lois Germain of New York; two brothers, Antoine Hayes (Mary) of Trenton, N.J., and Kevin Hayes (Jacquelin) of Englewood; two nephews, Antaj Yancey and Kevin Hayes Jr.; two nieces, LaToya and Tori Hayes; several aunts, Lois Hayes and Janie Hayes, both of Norfolk, Jocelyn Wilkins of Norfolk, Melvina Johnson of Rahway, N.J., Roslyn Turner (Clinton) of Upper Marlboro, Md.; two uncles, James Hayes (Luvenia) and Lynwood Hayes (Joyce); numerous cousins including Keenan Hayes of Norfolk, Steven Hayes (Wilhelmina) of Chesapeake, and Gwen Harris (Mallory Mann) of Norfolk, who remained loyal and supportive; and a host of other relatives and friends. A wake will be held today from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Chapel of Graves Funeral Home, 1631 Church St., Norfolk. A homegoing celebration will be held Saturday, July 25, at 11 a.m. in Rock Church, 640 Kempsville Road, Virginia Beach. The Rev. Joseph L. Hassell from New Kindling Baptist Church will be officiating. Interment will be held in Chesapeake Memorial Gardens. www.gravesfuneralhomeinc.com.


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Published in The Virginian-Pilot on Jul. 24, 2009.
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March 22, 2013
Greg I truly missed u and my prayers are with Zee and the kids
Scherazade Davis
March 4, 2010
To Z and family, I just found out about this heartbreaking news when I visted Pitney Bowes last week. Please know our prayers are with you!
Tanay and Mack Lee
Tanay Lee
December 15, 2009
Maurice, Destany and I would like to show our appreciation to everyone that that expressed their feelings to our family in this time of need. Thank you and God Bless.
August 3, 2009
Dear Z. and Family,

My heartfelt condolences are extended to you and your family during this time of great loss of your dear husband. Greg was indeed a very nice person and he sure knew how to make everyone feel welcomed while enjoying one of your banging cookouts. I am so sorry. I just found out a few days ago, that Greg was no longer with us. A co-worker told me. I hadn't read the paper so I was unaware.

May the Peace of God be with you and your loved ones. You are in my prayers. Call me if I can assist you in any way.

Sincerely,
Darnetta Saunders
July 27, 2009
Zee, Maurice, Destany and the Hayes family.

There is no pain that Jesus can't feel and no hurt that he can not heal. God is watching over you all. For God has said in you deepest hour of trouble and sorrow, neither will I leave you nor forsake you. Greg was loved by so many because he gave love to so many. I will always remember his smile because Gregs smile was contagious, and when Greg smiled you could not help but smile back. May my heart felt sympathy and prayers be with you.

God Bless you all
Cynthia Taylor
July 27, 2009
Zee, blessings and prayers to you and your family in these difficult times.

Elaine (Beryl's sister) and Joe Hudnall
New Orleans, LA
July 27, 2009
To the Hayes Family,

I had the extreme pleasure of knowing and working with Greg in both law enforcement and in the Coast Guard at MSO Hampton Roads. He was a true hero and will be missed by all. I will always have fond memories of the times we worked together. You should know, and be proud, that Greg was very highly thought of and respected...he will live on in everyone that knew and loved him.

Greg...Fair winds and following seas my Friend!

ISC Charles D. Taylor, Sr.
US Coast Guard
Charles (Doug) Taylor
July 25, 2009
Zee,
Even though we can't be there in person, know that we are there in spirit. May GOD strenghten you and your family in this time of sorrow. My heart TRULY goes out to you and yours.

With much love,
The Williams Family-Atlanta,GA/Chesapeake.VA

Andrea Williams, Lavelle Williams, Jimmy Mitchell III, Keanan Williams, And Lauryn Webster
Andrea Williams
July 25, 2009
R.I.P Greg one of the nicest and coolest guys I've ever known. You will be missed dearly
Rubin Edmonds
July 24, 2009
Rest in peace my friend and know you will be truly missed.May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Alex Joles
July 24, 2009
Zee, Mo, Destany, Ms. Selena & the Hayes family, Be encouraged & know that there is no sorrow that God can't heal. Your entire family is in my Prayers at this time!
Be Blessed,
Dee Dee & family
Dionne Henry
July 24, 2009
To The Hayes Family,
We are keeping you in our prayers. Greg will be terribly missed.
Sincerely,
Eric & Leslie Matson
Eric & Leslie Matson
July 24, 2009
YOU WILL BE SADLY MISSED BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN SARGE. WE LOVE YOU!! YOUR FAMILY WILL ALWAYS BE A PART OF OUR FAMILY...MAY GOD BLESS YOUR SOUL!

ANGELA MURPHY VBPD
ANGELA MURPHY
July 24, 2009
To Zee and the Hayes Family,

I am really sorry to hear about your loss. My prayers are with you all and my deepest sympothy. May you be strenthen be your faith in God and comforted by the beautiful memories you have had over the years.

C.J. Little and family
C.J Little
July 24, 2009
To The Hayes Family,

I just returned from a short-term missionary to St. Petersburg, Russia to get the very very sad news about my friend & former colleague Greg Hayes passing on Monday. All of my Law Enforcement family & friends here at the Bexar County District Attorney's Office here in San Antonio, TX, have been praying for Greg and all his family and friends since we got confirmation of his illness a couple of years ago. Our hearts, prayers, and thoughts are earnestly with you Zelithea & the rest of your family, the Virginia Beach Police Department (my brothers & sisters that I still remain very very proud of to this day), The US Army, and the US Coast Guard, during this time and the comings days. May God Continue To Use All Of Heaven & Earth To Protect & Bless Each & Everyone One Of You, Your Families, Friends & Colleagues. In Jesus Name I Pray, Amen.
LaCount Green
July 24, 2009
Dearest Zee, Maurice and Destany...I want you all to know you all are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time! I wish simple words could help your pain and loss!!! Greg was truly a special man who loved life...loved his family! It did not matter where I ran into him...he would always have a smile...ask about Bryant, Jordan and Phillip and then we would talk about the old days on Doppler Drive and your family!! God Bless you all and keep you strong! Love to you all!!!
Jill Teetor
July 24, 2009
Deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathy to the Hayes family. May God grant you the strength to carry on in these difficult times. Greg was a wonderful person and will truly be missed.
Crystal (Ward) Bates
July 24, 2009
Dear Selena and family,

I just heard of the passing of your son. I am very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and you family. God bless your son in heaven.

Your friend, Dona Costa
July 24, 2009
Selena, Calvin & family; There are no words to express the lost of a loved one. We must believe that God's love and grace is stronger than anything else in this world. I pray to God to give you the strength, comfort and peace that you will need in this time and always. My heart is with you all.
Karen Southwell
July 24, 2009
To Zee and children and The Hayes Family. We send our deepest sympathy at the loss of your husband,father, son and brother. Earth has no sorrows that Heaven cannot Heal. We all Love Him, but God surely Love Him best.Always in our prayers. Jackie Thomas and Taylor Family
Jackie Taylor Thomas
July 24, 2009
To Zee and the Hayes Family
You have our deepest sympathy we're so
sorry of your loss we all Love Him,but God Love Him more.Earth has no sorrows that Heaven cannot heal. May God give you peace and strength. Always in our prayers. Jackie Thomas and The Taylor Family.
Jackie Taylor-Thomas
July 24, 2009
To The Hayes Family,
I want to extend my deep heartfelt feeling during this loss you have sustained. May God provide you with all the comfort needed during these troubling times. Greg will truly be missed.
Sincerely your neighbor and friend
Tracy Williams
July 24, 2009
Zee I know words, however kind,
can't mend your heartache or heal your sorrow:
but those who care and ,
share your loss pray you
God's comfort and peace of mind.
May you find strength,
in the love of family,
and in the warm embrace,
of friends.
With Deepest Sympathy
Ms. Yvette Brown-Moore
July 24, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Marco Gaskin
July 24, 2009
To the family of Greg may he rest in peace he is now in the hands of our lord Jesus Christ. I will alway have the memories of DMHS and the Birthday we shared.
My prayers are with you


Tonya Thomas Banton
Englewood,NJ
July 24, 2009
Zee, my prayers and thoughts are with you and the kids. We all are going to miss Greg so much, he was such a special person. I am glad I had a chance to know him. I am here always if you need me.
Beryl Fisher
July 24, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Tom Parnin
July 24, 2009
To Selena Evans Hayes, and family, my heartfelt sorrow in the loss you have sustained. May our Father administer comfort and relief, during these troubling times. Your 1958 Classmate.
Bobby Credle
July 24, 2009
God promised strength for the day, comfort for the tears and light for the way. Zee, Maurice and Destany hold on to God's promises during this time and know that He will do just what He promised. We all loved Greg but God loved Him best and I thank God for giving him to us. Our prayers are with you always. We love you all Tonya and Thomas Thorogood and family.
July 24, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with the Hayes family in this time of need. Amazing how I had found memories of Greg while attending DMHS together, and never knew he lived in Virginia Beach as I. Rest in Peace my brother, you will be missed
Tracy Drakeford-Jones
July 24, 2009
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Teddy Drakeford
July 24, 2009
If only the tears we've shed could be a stairway to heaven for you to return to us ... we miss you greatly, but will continue to hold you in our hearts forever. Zee, Mo & Destany ... we want you to know how sorry we are for your loss, but we know that you have so many happy memories to hold onto to see you through this time in your lives. And just know that you can always call on us.
Antoine & Mary Hayes
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