Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


July 31, 2013

Earl Dean Hayes

LOUISA — On July 30, 2013, Earl Dean Hayes went to be with the Lord early in the afternoon at his home while working on The Singing Hayes Family bus.

Earl’s great passions were the church, his family and gospel music. Earl was retired from Kentucky Finance, The Associates and Dream Homes, as well as having served in the U.S. Army. He was a 58-year member of Belles Chapel Freewill Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon for 44 years, Sunday school teacher for more than 40 years and was a dedicated supporter of the work of the Lord.

Earl loved to sing gospel music and traveled extensively throughout the eastern United States with the family’s gospel music group, The Singing Hayes Family, seeing many souls saved and placing several songs on “The Singing News Top 80” chart.

The son of the late Farris and Nova Stambaugh Hayes, Earl was also preceded in death by two sons, Earl Hayes II and Norman Wray Hayes; two brothers, James Arthur Hayes and Fred Hayes; and two sisters, Edath Conley and Roberta Vanhoose.

He is survived by his wife of more than 50 years, Deloris Vanhoose Hayes; a brother, Bert Hayes of Louisa; a sister, Ruby VanHoose of River; two daughters, Deana Jean Hammond (Bill Hammond) of Louisa and Kemra Vanhoose (James Vanhoose) of Lowmansville; a son, Paul Hayes (Angela Hayes) of Louisa; a daughter-in-law, Tonya Hayes of Louisa; and several grandchildren, Brad Vanhoose (Sherry Vanhoose) of Inez, Cayla Lemaster (Allen Lemaster) of Ulysses, Allison Hammond of Louisa, Matthew Hammond of Louisa, Ben Hayes of Louisa and Andrew Hayes of Louisa.

Many times while traveling and singing, pastors would comment on the size of the family, and Earl would respond, “I’m going to take as many to heaven with me as I can.” His work behind him, he waits for us in the arms of Jesus and wants to see as many of you as would join him there.

 A “homegoing” service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday Aug. 3, 2013, at Belles Chapel Freewill Baptist Church by the Rev. James Vanhoose and the Rev. Willie Gene Hayes. Burial will be in Hayes Family Cemetery on Ky. 1760 in Louisa.

Friends may call from 4 to 10 p.m. today, Aug. 1, 2013; from noon to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, 2013; and after 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the church.

Care has been entrusted to Wilson Funeral Home in Louisa.

Condolences may be sent to wilsonfuneralhomeky.com.

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