Robert Shears Hays

May 16, 1944May 13, 2019

Robert (Bob) Shears Hays, 74, of Cary, passed away on May 13, 2019, at the family residence.

A celebration of his life will take place at a date to be determined.

He is preceded in death by his father, Bert Shears Hays, Sr.; Mother, Frances Wetherby; Brother, Bert Shears Hays, Jr.; Father-in-law, Arthur Knight; Mother-in-law, Georgia Knight; Grandnephew, Owen James Matherly; and his beloved Mini Pin, Tessa Hays.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, La Rose Knight Hays; Son, Timothy Shane Hays (Mary) of Bracey, VA; Daughter, Tiffany Marshea Hays (Charlie Moore), of Arrington, TN; and Grandson, Riggs Pegram Hays of Bracey, VA; Honorary grandsons, Trey Murray and Seth Oliver; Brother, Steven Hays (Annie) of Chapin, SC; Sisters, Sharon McGrath (Jim), of Yadkinville, NC; and Kathy Carver (King), of Daytona Beach, FL.; Sister-in-law, Lucy Margaret Eubanks (Garland), of Jefferson, SC. Nieces, Sara Matherly (Kevin), of Columbia, SC; Alison Valdepenas (Sean), of Chapin, SC; Angela Shapshak (Dag), of Birmingham, AL; and Pennie Oliver (Scott), of Jefferson, SC. Nephews, Kasey Carver (Erin), of Monroe, MI; Patrick McGrath of Yadkinville, NC; and Sean Hays (Erin), of Lexington, SC. Beloved doggies, Taza and Tammie Hays, of the home.

Bob was a graduate of Cary High School. He attended Barton College and graduated with an Associates Degree from Lafayette Business School. He served in the Air Force and worked for Black & Decker for 17 years. In 1987, he began working for R.W. Mitscher Company as an award-winning manufacturers’ sales rep and later moved into an independent role until his retirement. In retirement, he shared his passion for animals with Taza, Tessa and Tammie. He was also an avid NC State fan and loved all things Wolfpack. His happy place was Holden Beach, where you’d either find him surf fishing or on the links. Bob touched so many lives with his humor, wit, charm, and smooth dance moves. His laughter would fill a room, and his presence brightened everyone’s day. He never met a stranger.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Avery County Humane Society, P.O. Box 1213, Newland, NC 28657, or to a charity of your choice.


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Bobby & Michele Summerlin

May 21, 2019

We lived in the neighborhood for 30 years. We were in basic training in the Air Force @ the same time, however we would not know this until we met some 20 years later. Bob and I shared lots of stories, in which fishing would always arise. We would accuse each other of lying, then laughter would follow. He was always fun to be around. We moved to Hampstead a year ago and we still stayed in touch. Bob, you surely will be missed by Michele & I. You were our friend.
We love you
Bobby & Michele

Steve Hays

May 18, 2019

As my older brother, Bob and I shared far too much to relate in the space provided. Like all brothers, we had a few disputes over the years; they always ended up with me receiving stitches. Despite these normal sibling interactions, our early years are marked most starkly by memories of Bob coming to my rescue whenever I was endangered by people, bugs (yellow jackets, in particular), or drowning (he dragged me out of the pool below Sliding Rock NC just before I disappeared for the final time). He was an incredibly intelligent person who often masked that intellect behind an easygoing, gregarious, and outrageously funny exterior. In later years, he became the rock on which our branch of the Hays family survived. A truly caring and empathic individual, Bob was always available in times of need, unflinchingly supportive, and incredibly caring. His sense of humor served as a healing elixir whenever challenges arose. We have lost far more than can be expressed, no matter how lengthy the tribute. I personally cannot imagine a world without Bob, and so very strongly wish that I had preceded him. The expression "brotherly love" takes on new meaning when I think of his impact on my life. Sail on, Bob. You will always be an integral part of my every thought and action.

Roger Gore

May 16, 2019

We moved into our neighborhood 18 years ago and soon met Mr. Bob. He was the heartbeat of the small, quiet neighborhood. He walked often and we saw him fairly regularly. We became friends and always enjoyed catching up. He and his wonderful wife just came to our anniversary party Saturday. We and everyone else in the neighborhood will miss him tremendously. Our thoughts and best wishes to all his family.