OBITUARY

James "Grib" Gribble Hays

May 8, 1934November 20, 2020

James Gribble “Grib” Hays, 86 years of age, of Dayton, Ohio, went to be with his Savior on Friday, November 20th, 2020.

Born on May 8th, 1934 at a home near the banks of Little Buckhorn Creek close to Hazard, Kentucky, James’ parents were the late James Chalmer Hays and the late Tottie Noble Hays.

James relished the wooded mountains that surrounded him. Those mountains, woods, creeks and the nature found within them left an indelible mark on James. When not in the hills, James yearned for them no matter where he was.

He and his siblings, Virginia, Dorothy, George, Hildred, Ruth and Adna enjoyed a closeness and a bond as children and as they matured that continued to his last day on earth. James had an Uncle, the late Reverend Ola Hays, with whom he was especially close. The humorous, often hysterically funny tales the two shared amongst themselves, family and all who were within earshot are legendary.

James Married the late Kathern Campbell in 1961 only after James learned to love the Lord and became a Christian. Kathern was the perfect foil and “straight man” for James. The two adored each other, and worked well together in service to the Lord through various missions and churches.

James retired from Appleton Paper Company, having served in the United States Army in the 1950’s in occupied Germany prior to his paper mill career.

James was an active sportsman, hunting and fishing in several states and Canada. A conservationist, Grib would harvest, process and eat everything his keen shooting and fishing skills would produce.

James is survived by his son, James Timothy “Tim” Hays and daughter-in-law Laura Ladd Hays, grandchildren Katelyn Teal Hays Sharpes and her husband Jonathan David Sharpes, and James Benjamin “Ben” Hays, and his great-grandchild Campbell Jonathan Sharpes, along with a host of nieces and nephews. James is predeceased by his wife, the late Kathern Campbell Hays, and his sister, the late Dorothy Hays Combs.

There will be a viewing and short service at Tobias Funeral Home, 5471 Far Hills Avenue, Dayton, OH 45429 on Wednesday, November 25, viewing at 9:30 AM and a short service at 11 AM, graveside to follow soon after. Social distancing and safety protocols will be in effect.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Kathern C. Hays and Stanley R. Kuck Scholarship Fund, 2008 Timber Lane, Dayton, OH 45414.

The immediate family wishes to thank James’ brother George Hays and his sister Ruth Smith for their vigilance and presence during James’ illness, and also thank you to Miss Betty Lucas for her enduring love and friendship.

While on an adventure with a United States Army Ranger in occupied West Germany, the ranger offered some guidance for celestial wayfinding:

“If we get separated, remember, Hays... The North Star leads home.”

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Thelma Sowders

November 25, 2020

Dear Hays Family!
So sad to hear of Gribble’s home going.He was one of the most cheerful people I knew.and always glad to see us when we ran into him at MCL or church.Heaven’s getting sweeter all of the time!
I will pray for all of you for God to comfort your hearts. Keep looking up and serving our precious Saviour,until we are called to join Gribble and all of our loved ones or Jesus call us to meet Him in the hour. 11Cor.1:3,4.
Love in Christ, Thelma Sowders

Jane Herman

November 25, 2020

Our sincere condolences on the passing of James. James brightened this world with his infectious smile and laugh, musical and artistic talents, and above all else - his big-heartedness. He is very special to our family, and we will always remember him with the greatest of affection. We are so grateful and honored to have known dear James. Much love to you all, and may wonderful memories bring you peace in the days ahead. Troy, Jane and Chloe Herman

Tim Meyer

November 25, 2020

Tim,
Having spent most of my life in Australia, much of my American heritage is secured by the memories I have of moments being with people there in Dayton. Although I may not have been with Bro. Gribble many times, I do remember every one of them clearly. For me, Bro. Gribble, you and your Mom are my heritage, and every time that I remember being with you guys was a joyful time and still brings joy. Thank you.

Linda Crawford

November 24, 2020

Oh, how many fun memories I have of your Dad. Always ready with a funny story (or picture). I didn't know he was born near Hazard. That area does, indeed, live within those born there. I know he is rejoicing with his Savior, and laughing with family and friends in Heaven.

Linda Trebnick

November 24, 2020

Tim, Gregg and I send our condolences on the passing of your dad, Gribble. He was a special man and always had a great story. My dad, Ivan Thomas, was sad to learn of Gribble's passing. My dad remembers Gribble telling about rolling cushaws down the hill. My dad shared his Kentucky heritage with Gribble. Our family loved your mom and your dad. You were blessed with Christian parents. We will not able able to attend the service, but our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you celebrate Gribble's life on Earth and his entry into Heaven.

Adam Smith

November 24, 2020

I've gotten into my fair share of mischief, and I've met an awful lot of characters... but this man I knew as "Uncle Pete" may be the most mischievous fella I ever had the pleasure of knowing.

Thanks for the music, the memories, and - more than anything else - the laughs.

Z, CJ, TIM DARRELL MAXINE, SMITH

November 23, 2020

TO ALL THE GRIBBLE HAYS FAMILY OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHIES GO OUT TO YOU FOR YOUR LOSS OF YOUR PRECIOUS LOVED ONE, MAY GOD GIVE YOU COMFORT AND PEACE! WE ARE MAKING A DONATION IN LIEU OF FLOWERS, WE LOVE YOU!!

Ina Engel

November 23, 2020

May you Rest in Peace, dear Uncle Pete! Our good times included lots of wonderful family memories. Your entertaining and great sense of humor brought happiness and laughter--and, you are still No. 1 Bro in Law! Thank you for Tim and family. Embrace my sister and share our love!

Hilda Holliday Williams

November 22, 2020

TIM
Virginia, Hildred, George, Ruth and Adna

H G & I are so sorry for your loss; we give you our greatest sympathy in your time of sorrow!

He was a "great" first cousin all the time talking and smiling and enjoyed life and would cheer you up!
Sorry we couldn't be there!

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