Edwards Funeral Home

201 North 12Th Street, Fort Smith, AR


James Michael Hayes

April 26, 1937November 29, 2019

James Michael “Jim” Hayes, 82, of Fort Smith, Arkansas passed away in his home on November 29, 2019 surrounded by his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd E. Hayes and Mary B. Hayes; and siblings, Harold L. Hayes and Helen A. Williams.

Jim was born April 26, 1937 in Pierre, South Dakota. At a young age, his family moved to Rapid City, South Dakota, where he was active in sports and organizations while hunting, fishing, and hiking the Black Hills. He married his high school sweetheart LaVonne Charlton, his wife of 62 years. After graduating from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in 1959 with an Engineering degree, Jim accepted a position with General Electric Manufacturing Management Training Program. Over the next eight years, the family lived in Cincinnati, OH; Schenectady, NY; Marblehead, Massachusetts; and Fort Wayne, Indiana, eventually settling in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. While raising their four children, Jim worked as Plant Manager of Franklin Electric spending a year in Little Rock before moving to Fort Smith where he served as Plant Manager of Baldor Electric. Jim incorporated his professional knowledge into a management book entitled “There Must be a Message Here Someplace.”

Over the years, Jim enjoyed the company of many dear friends and family golfing, fishing, hunting, traveling, reading or simply sitting in the sunshine. He visited every state in the U.S. with the exception of Idaho and Oregon.

Jim is survived by wife, LaVonne Hayes of Fort Smith, AR; brother, Tom (Kathy) Hayes of Hudson, WI; children, Mike (Janette) Hayes of Siloam Springs, AR; Jeff (Lora) Hayes of Fayetteville, AR; Julie (Mark) Fly of Nashville, TN; and David (Angela) Hayes of Rockingham, VA; as well as twelve grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Visitations with the family will be held Friday, December 13, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall of First United Methodist Church, Siloam Springs, AR; and Saturday, December 14, 2019 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm in the Narthex of First United Methodist Church, Ft. Smith, AR.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 200 N. 15th Street, Ft. Smith, AR 72901; Mercy Hospice, 3300 S. 70th Street, Ft. Smith, AR 72903; or to First United Methodist Church, 325 East Twin Springs Street, Siloam Springs, AR 72761.


13 December


5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

First United Methodist Church


Siloam Springs, AR

14 December


10:00 am - 12:00 pm

First United Methodist Church


Fort Smith, AR


James Michael Hayes

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Paula & Paul Lemieux

December 6, 2019

We have many fond memories of the golfing, dining, and all the time we shared with Jim & Lavonne at Fianna Hills. We will always treasure knowing Jim & he will be sorely missed. We take comfort knowing that Lavonnne will have the support of their beautiful family & their many friends. REST IN PEACE, OUR FRIEND.

Paul & Paula Lemieux
Frisco, TX

Lindy Taylor

December 5, 2019

My prayers to Mike , Jeanette and family... praying for peace and comfort in the days to come

Loree Fireman

December 4, 2019

My sincere condolences on Jim's passing. Prayers for your family as you go through this difficult time. Jim was such an amazing man, and so well liked and respected by so many, as is your entire family. Siloam Springs was so privileged to have your family in our community.
Loree Foreman