Winston Richard Hayes

September 25, 1943January 11, 2021

Winston Richard Hayes (Dick) was born in Crowley, Louisiana, September 25, 1943. Dick passed away January 11, 2021 in Houston, TX. He graduated from Lagrange Senior High School and attended McNeese University.

Dick is survived by his wife of 39 years, Kathleen Hayes, four sons, Mike Hayes, Mark Hayes, Bradley Dennison and RJ Hayes; daughters-in-law, Kimberly Dennison, Pam Hayes and Allyson Hayes. Also three grandchildren he adored, Alexander J Dennison, Victoria R Dennison and August Winston Hayes. Dick’s family includes one sister, Margie Fontenot (Curtis), his brother, Ronald (Ron) Hayes (Lynette) and a sister-in-law, Sylvia Hayes.

Preceding him in death were his parents, RJ (Bob) and Gladys Hayes and his brother, Dr Robert (Bob) Hayes.

Dick and Kathleen moved to Houston, Texas in 2003. Before moving to Houston, he was a long-term member of Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church. He and his wife belonged to the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre. They have been benefactors of many ministries, including St. Louis Catholic High School, Focus on the Family, The Houston Food Bank and Samaritan’s Purse.

Dick was always congenial and upbeat, earning him the nickname of “Hap Hayes!”

His positive attitude came from his strong faith in his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to the very end.

He was loved by his family including many nieces and nephews whose lives were touched by this Gentle Giant.

Dick survived prostate cancer for 21 years due to early detection and superior medical care.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the ministry of your choice.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Consolata Mausoleum, Lake Charles at 1:00 PM on Saturday, January 16, 2021 with his nephews, Pastors Rusty and Steve Hayes officiating.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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January 16, 2021

Oh what fond memories I have of Dick, my brother-in-law. How we would share his Cajun jokes and my Yankee jokes. His laugh was so contagious and genuine, and his warm hospitality was so welcoming and thoughtful. I never heard an unkind word from his lips. He was so proud to show me his roses and his tomato plants. He loved Joanne's, my wife, Cajun shrimp dinner, our cabin in the Adirondack mountains, and sitting out on his deck at Hermann Drive or over looing the backyard stream at our house in Saratoga Springs where discussed either the NBA or Washington politics. Such good times!!
Perhaps my favorite memory of Dick was the time he attempted to give his neighbor at the time, Barbara Bush, one of his roses. An accompanying Secret Service agent stepped in and grasped it. Mrs. Bush said, "Now Dick, is that rose for me or for him"? How pleased he was to have shared one of his roses with the former First Lady.
"And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand".

Joanne Farrell

January 15, 2021

Welllll, Golleee.....
It was always fun to cook for Dick - he flattered me by complimenting my Cajun shrimp! He loved to hear piano music, which warmed my heart. And how sweet it was when he would say, “My daddy...”
Dick, so kind, thoughtful and interested in others - a prince!
Rest In Peace, Dick. You will be missed.
Love ya’.

Ann Benson

January 15, 2021

I hope Winston Richard Hayes, the man we loving called Dick, knew how much we respected and admired him over these many years we’ve been friends. Anyone who knew Dick, knew he was the real deal. No facade. When I think about that big strong man, the words that describe him best are: Thoughtful, kind, loving. My husband, Jerry, wrote a children’s book. What did Dick Hayes do? He ordered copies for all the school libraries in Lake Charles; invited us to visit,, & created an evening event for Jerry to speak. I never visited Lake Charles or Houston to present a Merrill Lynch seminar with Kathleen when Dick didn’t present me with flowers. What I loved most about Dick was how proud he was of Kathleen’s accomplishments. He encouraged her to be all she could be. We’ll miss seeing you, Dick but we will always cherish our many special memories, and we will smile.

Mary Margaret David

January 15, 2021

Mark, I am sorry to hear of your dad's passing. I am thinking of and praying for him and your family at this difficult time. May he rest with God in eternal peace.
Mary Margaret David

Gerri Turner

January 14, 2021

Kathleen, I am very sorry for your loss.
I remember our times together through GG. Deep is your love and kindness.
You are both like Jesus. Winston, now more than ever.
Press into God's care during this time.
In Jesus, gerri and lee

Sister Augusta Alisigwe

January 13, 2021

Mr Dick Hayes . I call you my brother, because that is what you are to me and my sisters.
When we came to lake Charles, you accepted us as your own sisters. You are one of those that made us to stay strong in this country, by the way you accepted us. You even take us to fishing all the time, cracking jokes with us. I nicknamed you peter the fisher man. You did not end there. You followed us to Houston. Taking us to eat with you all the time, you once fixed our garage door to new, financing us in so many things with your wife.
Is too much but let me mensioned but few to give others space.
Dick you made me to believe that a friend is someone you turn to when your spirit needs lifting, i treasure you so much, you filled my life with beaty, joy and grace. You made my stay here beter and happier. I thank you for being our friend, especially me . Dick we love you but God loves you most. Rest in peace, till we meet to part no more.

Theresa Farrell

January 13, 2021

My favorite memory of my beloved Uncle Dick .... I was about 12 years old and staying with the Hayes family in Louisiana. I came downstairs in the morning and my uncle exclaimed in his big amazing voice "My! I was going to bring you breakfast in bed!" And so I did what I thought was the only logical thing to do, I looked up at him and said, "Then I'll go get back in bed!!" and ran back upstairs and waited under the covers for my pancakes.

He always treated my like a queen — bringing me roses, serving me breakfast in bed, and lying to Los Angeles to attend many of my ballet performances.

I just loved how he talked — it always made me smile.

Rest easy gentle giant. xoxo, Theresa

Paul and Mary Mona Morgan

January 13, 2021

There aren't enough words to express the impact this Gentle Giant had on so very many lives. Until we meet again, We will hold your memory close to our hearts.

Lisa Mondal

January 13, 2021

Thank you for filling my life with endless memories, the greatest jokes and teaching me to fish and not making me put the worm on the hook. I will love and miss you!

Christina Lecholop

January 12, 2021

One our brightest shining lights now shines on us from heaven as he walks with the angels. Dick had a special gift for immediately turning a stranger into a friend. The first time I met Dick was during an elevator ride to the 40th floor of a Houston high rise to Kathleen's office -- on my very first day working for Kathleen. It was fate that we rode up together, and I met my first Houston friend in the elevator that morning. May our selfless friend who brought so many smiles and joy to the world, now live with the Lord. Sending love to you all. Christina (Kahn) Lecholop