KENLY — Henry Carlyle Hayes, 81, passed away Monday. Funeral services will be conducted 7 p.m. Wednesday at Joyner’s Funeral Home. The Rev. George Arant and the Rev. Robert Willis will officiate. A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday in Evergreen Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends Wednesday evening following the service at Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 Raleigh Road Pkwy., and other times at the home.
He served his country honorably with the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War (1951 – 1955), where he was an Air Force engine mechanic. After returning home, he bought an airplane which he enjoyed flying for many years. He was a member of the American Legion Post 328 in Kenly, serving as commander for two years. Henry was owner and operator of Wilson Sign and Engraving for 30 years and co-owner of Hayes Embroidery in Wilson with his wife, Gerry. Years prior to owning his own business, he farmed and trained and showed horses for 15 years. Henry and his wife, Gerry enjoyed square dancing for 15 years with the Gold Leaf Squares in Wilson and traveling across the U.S. in their motorhome. In 1999 they sold Wilson Sign and Engraving and Hayes Embroidery and moved to Kenly where he bought 14 and one half acres and built a house with him doing most of the carpentry work, a job he loved doing. Henry and Gerry were known as Snow Birds spending their winters in Florida for the last 12 years.
Henry is survived by his wife, Gerry Smith Hayes of the home; his son, Danny C. Hayes and wife, Teresa, of Wilson; his grandsons, Ryan Hayes and wife, Kristen, and Matt Hayes and wife, Lauren, all of Wilson; his great-grandson, Jalen Hayes of Wilson; his stepsons, Mike Smith and wife, Debbie, of Suffolk, Va., and Steven Smith of Lumberton; his stepgrandchildren, Erika, Andrew and Matthew Smith and Schylar Matthews; and his mother-in-law, Irene Brown of Cerro Gordo.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Nathan Thomas Hayes and Mary Ann Raper Hayes; his daughter, Debbie H. Godwin; his two sisters and five brothers.
Flowers are welcome or memorials may be directed to the Kenly Missionary Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 237, Kenly, NC 27542.
Condolences may be directed to www.joyners.net.