William Lowell Hayes
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William Lowell Hayes IRMO - William Lowell Hayes of Irmo, age 84, died Monday, September 14th. Lowell is survived by his wife of 56 years, Martha Hardy Hayes, his two sons Mark and Paul Hayes, grandsons Benjamin, Samuel, Connor, Patrick, and Everett Hayes and granddaughter Kalliope Hayes Gonos. The son of William Lawrence Hayes and Ethel Hope Griggs Hayes of Latta, Lowell was predeceased by his parents, his sister Annie Chaworth "Chaty" Hayes O'Neal, and her husband Tommy. Lowell graduated from Clemson University in industrial engineering. His many business ventures included owning a furniture store, pawn shop, and recycling center; servicing radios, burglar alarms, lawn mowers, and cars; and renting out houses. Visitors will recall the many treasures and oddities on Lowell's estate, including a steam engine, industrial chemistry set, and double basement. He installed a pipe organ for Martha in the living room of the passive solar house he designed and built himself in the 1970s, where he resided for over forty years. Lowell never wore jeans, always wore black leather army shoes, and smelled of dusty paper and oil. He believed that there was always a simpler and less conventional way to do anything, which worked to his benefit most of the time. He trusted all people and distrusted all organizations; spoke to anyone; and worked with dangerous things without ever coming to harm. A faithful member and deacon of First Baptist Church of Columbia, Lowell will be buried at Catfish Creek Baptist Church in Latta where he was raised. A family graveside service on September 19 will be directed by Cooper Funeral Home.

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Published in The State on Sep. 18, 2020.
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September 20, 2020
Favorite and friendly friend of our Stone Family, including his wife Martha and their two sons.
Heaven is still rejoicing!
Did not know of his expert ways to earn a living until today!
No Surprise!
Alerting this News to my Family now.
Ms. Wally Jean Stone and Family,
Todd, Daniel, and Julia
WallyJean Stone
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September 19, 2020
Laura and I (Foster) are sad to know Lowell is not here on earth but rejoice that he is in his heavenly home. We will miss his wit, wisdom and welcoming way every time we dropped by. Oh yeah and those black boots and that fragrance was so “Lowell”. We are praying for peace for all the family as you grieve this special man.
Foster and Laura Christy
Foster Christy
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September 18, 2020
Our condolences to Martha, Paul, and Mark in the loss of your loved one. Lowell truly was one of a kind; God must have put away the mold after he was born! We have many fond memories of our days with y'all at FBC in Columbia. Prayers for comfort in the coming days...
Ann Collins Merritt
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