Johnny Lee Hayes

November 26, 1965April 13, 2013

Johnny Hayes, 47, of Wellborn, passed away April 13, 2013. A lifetime resident of Bryan/College Station, Johnny leaves behind many friends, family and loved ones.

Johnny, son of Charles and Mary Hayes, was born in Bryan on November 26, 1965. He will be remembered as a hardworking, devoted and generous man to all his family and friends. Johnny enjoyed spending time with his family, listening to music, composing song lyrics, going to rock concerts, and traveling.

He is survived by his loving wife of 18 years, Brenda Hayes; son James Hayes; parents, Charles and Mary Hayes of Wellborn; brother, Dale Hayes and his wife, Phyllis of Bryan; niece and nephew, Amanda and Taylor Hayes; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Johnny was preceded in death by his grandparents Eddie and Mildred Downs of Navasota; and Clinton and Ruby Hayes of Bryan; and his uncle, Eddie Downs, Jr.

Viewing for friends and family will be at Memorial Funeral Chapel in College Station from 6-8 PM on Wednesday, April 17th. Funeral services are at 2 PM, Thursday, April 18th at Memorial Funeral Chapel in College Station. Graveside services will be at Oakland Cemetery in Navasota following the funeral.

Pallbearers will be Dale Hayes, Taylor Hayes, Thomas Borlinghaus, David Loving, John Newell, and Damian Jemaa.

Johnny's presence will be dearly missed by all who knew him well, but he will live forever in our hearts.


  • Visitation Wednesday, April 17, 2013
  • Funeral Service Thursday, April 18, 2013

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Joel Hein

April 26, 2013

Johnny and I went to school together from the 2nd grade until we both graduated high school together. I had not seen him in several years but he was a friend to me during our time in school together. I remember playing with our G.I. Joes together during play time in grade school. I am very sorry for his family and their loss. I pray for the peace of God & the Holy Spirit to comfort his family.

April 19, 2013

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

Jesse Wright

April 19, 2013

I wanted to speak today at the funeral, but I could barely keep myself together. I worked with John, apparently only people from The Eagle knew him as John, for 5 years. Fortunately , I got to know him well enough and called him Johnny on my own- John is so formal.

I was actually not surprised to learn that most knew him as Johnny. Someone named Johnny is your friend, and that is what he was to so many.

I was 23 when I started working at The Eagle, so Johnny was about the age I am now when he met me. I work with 23 year olds now and I feel so far removed from them that I make little to no effort to reach out to them or even know them.

Johnny took that effort, and even though I had teems of friends at the time, he reached out to me and became my friend. At the time I thought I was the one doing the old guy a favor by being his friend, but now I know he was the one offering the favor.

I took that friendship for granted in the sense that I assumed it would always be there for me to call on. I'd give anything to sit across from him right now and listen to his scientific reasons of why Bigfoot is real.

I knew Johnny well, and I am in tears right now as I write this, hours after the funeral. But, I try to rationalize it and say "" he was just a co-worker of mine that I didn't know all that well, he has friends and family that knew him much deeper and better" . But that thought doesn't comfort me, only makes me cry harder because I'll never get that chance to know him as they do.

Brenda and James, if I can ever do anything for you, please let me know. You were his life, and if I could help in any way it would make me feel as if I were still a part of it.

Dylan Patton

April 19, 2013

We love him dearly! We are going to miss him. He will live with us always in our hearts.

Jason Posival

April 18, 2013

Sending thoughts and prayers to you and your family during this difficult time. John was one in a million and will be missed.

Patti Jo Downs

April 18, 2013

I want to send my love and prayers to my Aunt Mary and Uncle Charles, Brenda and James, Dale and his family...My immediate family. I am so sick that I was unable to spend more time with you Johnny. I will never forget your trip here to Arizona when daddy was dying. I felt like you and I were kindred spirits and I have always wanted to be closer to you all. I will miss you more than you will ever know...I love you all with all my heart...Patti Jo Downs

Allan Madar

April 18, 2013

Brenda, James and family members, I am very very sorry to hear of the loss of Johnny. He was a great guy, and I am sure a great husband & father as well. I wish there was something we could do to change things to make them better. Johnny to my was always a great guy and like so many others, we are all going to missing him dearly.


April 18, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, I worked with Johnny's mother Mary and heard lots of good stories about him. God Bless You All. Carol Smith

April 18, 2013

It seems like yesterday we were riding the yellow bus from Wellborn to school in College Station. Praying for the family. Praying God's comfort for each of you. See you soon Johnny, see you soon.

Andrew "Mookie" Chambers-Fort Worth

Sherry McKenzie

April 17, 2013

Brenda, I am so heartbroken about Johnny's passing. My God hold you and James close and walk by your sides as you go through the coming days. My deepest sympathies to you, James, Mary, and all of the family. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.