White Funeral & Cremation Service

603 Ocean Hwy E, Bolivia, NC


Laura Sue (Strickland) Hays

9 octubre , 193529 agosto , 2019

A memorial service celebrating the life of Laura Sue Strickland Hays will be held at Brunswick Islands Baptist Church on September 2nd at 3:00 pm with family visitation one hour before the service. Laura Sue, born October 9, 1935 in Cairo, Georgia passed away on Thursday morning, August 29th with her family at her bedside. She was 83 years old. Earlier in August, Laura Sue celebrated 65 years of marriage to the love of her life, Garrett Alfred Hays Jr. During those 65 years, she was a military wife and a pastor’s wife. Together, Laura Sue and Garrett served many churches in North Carolina to include Parkersburg Baptist, Bunn Baptist and Dortches Baptist as well as several churches in Europe to include Denmark, Germany and Spain. Laura Sue was actively involved in the ministry of each church. This included singing in the church choir, teaching Sunday school, working with the WMU (Women’s Missionary Union) as well as actively mentoring many young women in the church and the surrounding community. After raising their family, Laura Sue returned to college to pursue her love of caring for others and became a Registered Nurse. After many years of dedicated nursing, Laura Sue retired from Nash Grove Manor as their Assistant Director of Nursing. Retirement did not end her career of caring, as she continued to dedicate her life to caring and loving those who needed her. Laura Sue’s presence, love, wisdom and gentle caring will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege to know her. Laura Sue was preceded in death by her parents George and Tronnie Bell Stickland, her sisters Mildred Brookins and Marilyn Quinlan, and her great granddaughter Sydni DeVine. She is survived by her husband Rev. Garrett A. Hays Jr. (retired Major, US Army); two daughters, Delane Hays DeVine and husband Steven of Winston Salem NC, Dee Anna Hays of Bennett NC; two sons, Garrett (Garre) A. Hays III and wife Teresa of Supply NC, Gregory Allen Hays of Fayetteville NC; seven grandchildren, Mark (Toni), Bryan, DeLaura (Eric), Katie (Bobby), Garrett IV, Dakota and Seanna; five great grandchildren, Cory, Brooklyn, Karmen and Tanner; one great-great grandchild, Analeah. Officiating the memorial service will be Dr. Rudy Ramphal at Brunswick Islands Baptist Church, 1672 Mt. Pisgah Rd, Supply, NC 28462. The family requests with gratitude, any donations be made in her name to either Brunswick Islands Baptist Church or SECU Hospice House of Brunswick - Lower Cape Fear (955 Mercy Lane SE, Bolivia, NC 28422). Online condolences are encouraged and may be offered at www.whitefuneralservicesupply.com White Funeral & Cremation Service, Bolivia/Supply Chapel


  • Brunswick Islands Baptist Church
  • Lower Cape Fear Hospice


  • Family Visitation lunes, 2 septiembre , 2019
  • Celebration of Life lunes, 2 septiembre , 2019


Laura Sue (Strickland) Hays


Paula Smith

2 septiembre , 2019

Sorry for your loss Delane, my prayers and thoughts are with you. Losing our Moms is so hard.......I will keep you in prayers in the days ahead.

Camila Pulgar

1 septiembre , 2019

My love and prayers are with you and your family.

Evalyne Eckles

31 agosto , 2019

We are so sad to hear this news. We enjoyed our time with you all and miss you. Our prayers are on going for you and your family. We love you.

mary wells

31 agosto , 2019

prayers and thoughts with you and the family have great memoriesDortches Baptist Church where they serve great have really really miss them and my prayers are with the family and I think of you everytime I'm in the educational building love you Mary Wells

Amy Trahan

31 agosto , 2019

Laura Sue was one of the sweetest ladies I have been blessed to call friend. She had a loving, gentle spirit and always greeted me with that beautiful smile of hers. Will forever cherish memories of our time together at Lake Asbury Baptist Church.
Deepest condolences to you Mr. Garrett...Love you and will be lifting you and your family up in prayer during this most difficult time.

Kim Puckett

30 agosto , 2019

Mr. Hays and family my prayers for you all today. Mrs Sue was such a great role model at Dortches for me. Such a sweet beautiful lady always. May God surround you with Peace and Strength!!

Christine Cotter

29 agosto , 2019

How can you share ONE memory when there are so many to share? Sue was my cousin, my friend, and the one who held me together in a very trying time. We cried together. But more importantly, we laughed together ... EVERY time we were together. Even the last two visits we shared ... we laughed. I miss you, Sue. I love you, Sue.

Jim Brown

29 agosto , 2019

Delaine & Steve, So sorry for your loss. I'm praying for you both. Sincerely Jim Brown