George Ray Hayes

March 28, 1936May 7, 2018
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Sulphur- George Ray Hayes, 82, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 7, 2018, in a local hospital.

He was born in Gladewater, Texas and was raised in El Dorado, Arkansas. George had been a resident of Sulphur for the last 61 years. He was a U.S. Marine veteran of the Korean Conflict. He retired as a Lineman Electrician after 32 years of service with Gulf States Utilities. George loved driving his truck, being outdoors, and was an avid hunter. He would often be found in his back yard feeding the squirrels and birds. He enjoyed watching football and was a die hard Arkansas Razorback fan.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce Hayes of Sulphur; his son, Ricky Dale Hayes of Lafayette; his former son-in-law, Christopher H. Benoit of Vinton; his twin sister, Flora Kay Vickery of Victoria, Texas; a sister-in-law, Lois Hayes of Atlanta, Texas; and his beloved cat, Lucy. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Donna Sue Hayes Benoit; his mother and step-father, Mattie and Dutch Harper; his father, George W. Hayes; and three brothers, Robert Hayes, Jimmy Hayes, and Raymond Hayes.

His funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 19, in Hixson-Sulphur Memorial Funeral Home. The Rev. Jeremy Blocker will officiate. Burial will be in Mimosa Pines South Cemetery in Carlyss. Visitation is from 10 a.m. until the time of service Saturday in the funeral home. The family would like to give special thanks to the nurses and staff of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital and Cornerstone Hospital for their excellent care of George, and also to the Calcasieu Council on Aging for providing meals and friendship. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at


  • Joyce Hayes, Wife
  • Ricky Dale Hayes, Son
  • Christopher H. Benoit, former son-in-law
  • Flora Kay Vickery, twin sister
  • Lois Hayes, Sister-in-law
  • Donna Sue Hayes Benoit, Daughter
  • Robert Hayes, Brother
  • Jimmy Hayes, Brother
  • Raymond Hayes, Brother
  • and his beloved cat Lucy.


  • Visitation Saturday, May 19, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, May 19, 2018

George Ray Hayes

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Jeannie Reaves

May 18, 2018

Uncle George Ray was a special person to all of my family! He had a personality not matched by many, as he was always good company! Even though our families did not get to visit often enough, we always enjoyed having Uncle George Ray come visit. Once, our family went to visit him, Aunt Joyce, Little Ricky and Donna Sue and had a great time, and I will always remember the fried shrimp Aunt Joyce sent home with us, as it was delicious cold!!! Rusty and I counted them to ensure we both got to eat the same amount! Thank you again, Aunt Joyce. I am proud to have had Uncle George as an uncle, and we will miss him. Thank you for sharing great pictures , Love always, Jeannie

Laura Stoute

May 18, 2018

“Daddy George” was a wonderful, funny and loving man. I’m sure he and Donna Sue are smiling down on us, if not laughing and sharing a funny anecdote or creating a nickname for someone above. Ricky, what a caring and loving son, you sure did take up where Sue left off. He will be remembered with fondness and love, always! May the Lord Comfort and Bless Ricky and Joyce during this time of loss.
Paul & Laura

Holly Hayes McCarty

May 17, 2018

My Dad , Jimmy Hayes , my brother , Larry and I would visit George Ray , daughter Donna Sue , and Joyce in Loiusana. Great times visiting family. Recently George and his son , Ricky attended my dad's funeral . It was so nice seeing Geoge Ray after many years. The smile on Uncle George 's face when he saw me , I will never forget. He was always so kind . I know George Ray, my dad, Jimmy , Robert , Bill and Raymond are celebrating in Heaven with Granny and Dutch all together again !
Holly Hayes McCarty