Garey Dale Hayes, Sr., the son of Romey Raymond and Alberta Mae Thomas Hayes, was born in Dudley on Sept. 8, 1939, and died in Metropolis, Ill., on Monday, Oct. 15, 2007, at the age of 68. Mr. Hayes moved to California in the 1950s and moved back home to Stoddard County in 1987. He graduated from Hartnell College in Salinas, Calif., and also Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. He was a bus driver for Greyhound. He was an Army veteran and a member of the Mormon Church. He attended numerous area churches. His hobbies included electronics and computers.
Surviving are four sons, Garey Dale Hayes, Jr. of Dexter, Jeffrey Andrew Hayes of Fordsville, Ky., Thomas Andrew Hayes of Dudley, and Danny Hayes of Dexter; one daughter, Pamela Dianne Overfield of Poplar Bluff; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one sister, Faye Bolster of Dudley; and one brother, Donald Ray Hayes of Dudley.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Judith Ann Williamson.
Visitation will be held after 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2007, at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Dexter.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, 2007, at the Watkins & Sons Chapel in Dexter with Rev. Larry Ward of Fisk officiating.
Interment will follow in the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield with Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Dexter in charge of arrangements.