Howard Hayes, age 75, of 5111 Bamboo Road, Boone, died Tuesday evening, September 6, 2011, at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care in Lenoir.
Howard was born April 4, 1936 in Watauga County, a son of the late Joe and Harlena Cook Hayes. He had a gospel music career of over 55 years, creating the Goodwill Quartet and then The Hayes Family. The Hayes Family has sang together for over 40 years. Howard was the chairman of the Watauga County Singing Convention and did the Saturday edition of the Radio Gospel Time of WATA Radio for over 23 years. He was a self-employed contractor for 17 years, then retired from Appalachian State University, after 20 years of service. Howard loved young people, and taught the "Young Peoples Class", at Central Baptist Church, for many years. He is a member of Mount Vernon Baptist Church, where he taught the "Ladies Class" in the 1950's.
Howard is survived by his wife, Lucy Earp Hayes of the home; two daughters, Janet Haas and husband Keith of Lenoir, and Sharon Hodges and husband Jamey of Boone; one son, Mylon Hayes and wife Wendy of Hudson; two granddaughters, Kennedy Hayes of Hudson and Lucy Elaine Hodges of Boone; five grandsons, Toby Haas of Lenoir, Conner Hayes, and Bailey Hayes, both of Hudson, Tory Haas of Lenoir, and Jameson Hodges of Boone; two sisters, Evelyn Critcher and husband C.M. of Boone, and Joyce Meeks of Clermont, Florida, and one brother, Harold Hayes of Boone. He is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Howard Hayes will be conducted Monday morning, September 12, 2011, at 11:00 o'clock, at Mount Vernon Baptist Church. The body will lie in state, at the church, from 10:00 until 11:00 o'clock. Officiating will be Reverend Bud Russell and Pastor Steve Dagenhart. Interment will follow in Mount Lawn Memorial Park and Gardens.
The family will receive friends Sunday evening, from 6:00 until 9:00 o'clock, at Mount Vernon Baptist Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mount Vernon Baptist Church Building Fund, 3505 Bamboo Road, Boone, North Carolina, 28607, or to The Gideons International, Boone Camp, PO Box 3602, Boone, North Carolina, 28607. Online condolences may be sent to the Hayes family at www.hamptonfuneralnc.com. Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.