OBITUARY

Paul "PJ" Joseph Hayden Sr.

August 28, 1945November 21, 2021
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Paul Joseph "PJ" Hayden Sr., 76, of Newburgh, Indiana passed away on Sunday, November 21, 2021 at Linda E. White Hospice House with his wife and son by his side. PJ was born August 28, 1945, the youngest of six children, to Francis Xavier (Frank) and Catherine Elizabeth (Frey) Hayden of Owensboro, KY.

PJ started playing guitar at the age of 8 and began playing professionally at the age of 17. He met and married Judith Ann Barnes in 1967 and was drafted into the U.S. Army in June of that year. He was discharged in June of 1969 and returned to his hometown to resume his career in music.

He moved to Evansville, IN in 1970, enrolled in college at ISUE (now USI) in 1975 and graduated cum laude in 1979 with a degree in Communications, all while still performing as a full-time musician. In 1986, he started his own floor mat business called Mat Man, Inc. and is still known today as "The Mat Man."

He was preceded in death by his parents; his older brother, Raymond Hayden; and sisters, Rita Alsup and Carol Howard.

PJ is survived by his wife, Judy; daughter, Melody Hayden; son, Paul J. Hayden, Jr.; his seven grandchildren, Colburn, Cameron, Tawnie, Ciera, Dorothy, Basil, and Josie; and two sisters, Mary Rosman (Robbie) Thompson and Ruth Ann Green.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at Alexander Newburgh Chapel, with a final resting place at Rose Hill Cemetery. Military rites will be performed. Friends and family may visit from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Linda E. White Hospice House.

Condolences may be offered at www.AlexanderNewburghChapel.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Judy Hayden, Wife
  • Melody Hayden, Daughter
  • Paul J Hayden Jr., Son
  • Colburn, Grandchild
  • Cameron, Grandchild
  • Tawnie, Grandchild
  • Ciera, Grandchild
  • Dorothy, Grandchild
  • Basil, Grandchild
  • Josie, Grandchild
  • Mary Rosman Thompson (Robbie), Sister
  • Ruth Ann Green, Sister

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, November 24, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, November 24, 2021

  • Burial

    Wednesday, November 24, 2021

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SharonJimmie Hibdon

November 29, 2021

PJ was great friend and his music was wonderful he will be missed .Prayers for his wife Judy Hayden.

Judith Hayden

November 25, 2021

5Oth Wedding Anniversary

JEFF HINSON

November 23, 2021

PJ and Jeff.....band.
circa 1970

JEFF HINSON

November 23, 2021

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PJ and I at Irene Clark's house, the songwriter of Mr. Blues and My Fragile Heart. We are hearing our recording for the "first" time.
Happy Memories for two kids....

Ubie Daniel

November 23, 2021

Good company good bourbon and good music. Makes great memories. You will be missed

Jim Bryan

November 22, 2021

We have lost a good friend who was also a good entertainer. Always enjoyed his band! Judy and family, you have my deepest sympathy!

Kimberly Emberton

November 22, 2021

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