Harry Edward Hayes, Sr. "Poppy", 86, of Tallassee, passed away August 13, 2022. He was born July 2, 1936 to Harry K. Hayes and Eunice Brim Hayes.
Visitation will begin at 11:00 am with memorial service to follow at 12:00 noon on Thursday, August 18, 2022 at Linville Memorial Funeral Home with Bro. Billy Reinhardt officiating.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Lillian Tippett Hayes; son, Harry "Chuck" Hayes (Torry); daughter, Jessica Hayes Erickson; grandchildren, Havolyn Ramirez (Taylor), Jillian Hayes, Chloe Hayes and Harry Elijah Hayes; sister, Martha Martin and several nieces and nephews.
Harry graduated from Georgia Southwestern where he played doubles tennis with success. He attended the University of Georgia and remained an avid Bulldog fan the rest of his life, although on occasion he was heard to issue a resounding "War Eagle" but only to please his wife. He successfully completed a two-year course in Medical Technology at Grady Hospital in 1960. He was recruited to work at Community Hospital in 1961 and retired in 2000 after 40 years of service.
Harry met and married Lil in 1963. In the years in Tallassee, he was a member of the Tallassee Jaycees, Tallassee Lions Club and the National Guard. He enjoyed playing bridge and would do so at the drop of a card. He participated in bridge tournaments and even sponsored several to raise money for the Community Hospital Foundation. He would work in the yard tending to all the flowers he bought online and then kill them with tender loving care. Lil was forced to take his credit card to detox his addition to online purchases, yet many were found hidden in his closet.
Harry loved a good joke and achieved much success in a "Beauty" contest held at the Community Hospital yearly party, including Pregnant Pattie, a real favorite. He enjoyed dancing which included taking disco and clogging classes, the latter landed him in the bed with a bad back. Harry was fun loving and loved his family. He found joy in his life and leaves no regrets. "You old fools" I love you!
Expressions of sympathy may be memorial contributions to Riverside Heights Baptist Church or the Community Hospital Foundation or a charity of one's choice.
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