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Gerald Ray Hays & Margaret Helen Hays

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

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Gerald Ray Hays

Gerald Ray Hays of Poplar Bluff was born to Paul Augusta Hays and Joyce Lavern Doser Hays on Aug. 29, 1950 in Campbell. His earthly life ended in a tragic motorcycle/auto accident near Hardy, Ark., on Sunday, May 17, 2009. He attended school at Clarkton in the early grades, later transferring to Campbell Schools where he graduated in 1968. He attended Arkansas State University and was employed at Safeway in Kennett during the early 1970s. On Aug. 18, 1972, in Campbell he married his high school sweetheart and love of his life, Margaret "Margee" Miller. She passed away on May 17, 2009. Gerald farmed with his father and brothers for over thirty years before moving on to auto sales where his natural talents for working with people flourished. Gerald and Margee lived in Campbell most of their married life where they were members of the Campbell United Methodist Church. Recently they attended Fellowship General Baptist Church in Poplar Bluff. Gerald was also a member of the Four Mile Masonic Lodge #212 A.F. & A.M. at Campbell.

He was preceded in death by his parents Paul Augusta Hays and Joyce Doser Hays and two nephews Adam Boyce Hays and William Alan Blakemore Hays. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Laurie Susan and Nathan Coleman of Poplar Bluff; son and daughter-in-law, Jeremy Miller and Sarah Hays of Jonesboro, Ark,; five grandchildren, Hays Nathaniel Coleman, Miles Elizabeth Coleman, Tripp Edward, Caden George, and Margaret Piper Wilsidee Hays (to be delivered on May 20, 2009). Other survivors include three brothers, Kenneth Hays (wife Louetta), Stanley Hays (wife Cindy) and Boyce Hays of Campbell; six nephews; and one niece.

Gerald had an infectious enthusiasm for life and was adored by co-workers and friends. He loved riding the Harley with Margee and playing with the grandchildren. He and Margee had an unusual ability to make others feel at ease, which was only surpassed by their love for each other.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Campbell United Methodist Church or to Autism Speaks or www.autismspeaks.org.

Visitation was held from 6--9 p.m., Tuesday, May 19, 2009, at the Landess Funeral Home in Campbell.

The funeral service was conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 20, 2009, at the Landess Funeral Home Chapel in Campbell with Reverend Bryon Beck officiating.

Burial followed at Woodlawn Cemetery in Campbell.

Landess Funeral Home of Campbell was in charge of arrangements.

Margaret Helen Hays

Margaret Helen "Margee" Hays was born Jan. 28, 1951, in Poplar Bluff and tragically died in a motorcycle/auto accident on Sunday, May 17, 2009, near Hardy, Ark. She was the daughter of Charles Morgan "Bud" Miller and Helen Dorothy Cain Miller. She attended Campbell Public Schools, graduating in 1968. She attended Southeast Missouri State University where she was a member of Alpha Delta Pi; she graduated from Arkansas State University, earning a bachelor of science in elementary education and a master of arts in reading.

On Aug. 18, 1972, in Campbell she married the love of her life, Gerald Ray Hays. He died on May 17, 2009. She retired from a career teaching at Campbell Elementary School and was employed as a special education examiner for Poplar Bluff Schools.

Margee previously coached competitive cheerleading, was an avid basketball fan (high school basketball the most, also UNC and Mizzou) and enjoyed judging beauty pageants. She was a charter member of the Chalk Bluff Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution and was a senior leader in C.A.R. She was an active volunteer as a fundraiser for Autism Speaks. Mrs. Hays was raised in the Campbell United Methodist Church and attended Fellowship General Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her father, Charles Morgan "Bud" Miller.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Laurie Susan and Nathan Coleman of Poplar Bluff; her son and daughter-in-law, Jeremy Miller and Sarah Hays of Jonesboro, Ark.; her mother, Dorothy Cain Miller of Campbell; five grandchildren, Hays Nathaniel Coleman, Miles Elizabeth Coleman, Tripp Edward, Caden George, and Margaret Piper Wilsidee Hays (to be delivered on May 20, 2009). "Mimi" was adored by her grandchildren and will live in their memories forever. Other survivors include sisters ,Marilyn Miller Chamberlain and Mary Bess Green (husband Steve) of Columbia, Susan Boxx of Hoover, Ala.; four nephews and two nieces.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Campbell United Methodist Church or to Autism Speaks or www.autismspeaks.org.

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