Bill R. Hayes

April 29, 1926September 1, 2013
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Bill Hayes, 87, of Texarkana, TX passed away Sunday, September 1, 2013 in a local hospital. He was born on April 29, 1926 in Texarkana, TX. Mr. Hayes was a lifetime member of the Texarkana First Church of the Nazarene, was the owner of Bill Hayes Homes, and was a veteran of the United States Army serving in WWII in the Philippine Liberation. He received the Bronze Service Star award and the Asiatic Pacific campaign medal.Bill was a real estate broker, Realtor and home builder in Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma. Bill was a past president of the Texarkana Home Builders Association and he and his dad, Acie Hayes were owners of Central Tile and Marble Company and also a charter member of the Oaklawn Rotary Club and National Home Builders Association.

He loved to hunt in Colorado and was a member of the Bear Mountain Club and he also loved golf and fly fishing. He was preceded in death by his parents Acie and Velma Hayes and sister Wanda Hayes Smith.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Hayes, two daughters and sons-in-law, Jan and Rick Roeder of California, Debbie and Jim Atkinson of California, and Rick Hayes whom he called a son, two grandsons, two great-grandsons, a number of nieces and nephews and special sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Jack and Joyce Young.

Graveside service will be 4pm Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at Chapelwood Memorial Gardens with Rev. Chris Sutherland officiating. Burial will be under the direction of East Funeral Home-Moores Lane.

Family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30pm Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at East Funeral Home-Moores Lane.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Texarkana First Church of the Nazarene Church building fund.

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Our love will endure forever, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until one of us gently lays the other into the arms of God!


  • Graveside Wednesday, September 4, 2013
  • Visitation Tuesday, September 3, 2013

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Beth Moore

September 10, 2013

My father, Max Lee Moore from Avery TX, spoke of Bill often. They shared the same grandparents, I believe. My aunt Minnie Collins Mills Morrison certainly did, as she lived right across the street from Bill and Mary. My best to the family, Beth Moore

Kris Rothmeyer

September 8, 2013

So sorry for your loss. I will miss talking to him. He came into E-Z Mart to get a paper. He had such a great humor.

Sandy Choate Dunham

September 5, 2013

I'm so sorry for your family's loss. The graveside funeral was beautiful. I could feel so much love there for your dad and for his wonderful family. Bill was a precious man. He was a big part of making my childhood memorable and special. I love you all.


David Ryther

September 4, 2013

Celebrating a life well lived. I will cherish the talks with Uncle Acie and Bill and the advice given by them forever.

David & Debbie Ryther and family

Tim Greathouse

September 4, 2013

To Mary and the rest of the family, it was an honor to have been part of the VA in Texarkana and to have known Bill. He always managed to put a smile on your face no matter how bad your day was. Praying that God's comfort will be with you during this time of loss.

Janie & Tina Smith

September 4, 2013

Mrs. Hayes, my mother Janie Smith and I send our heartfelt condolences to you and your family. When my Mom and late Father-Roy Smith, bought one of Mr Hayes' quality builder homes several years ago we had an immediate respect for his business savvy and personable appeal to his buyers. Mr Hayes was a very generoius and kind hearted man. We are so glad to have met him, kept in touch and exchanged holiday cards through the years with your family. May your strength prevail to help you through this difficult time. You and your family are in our prayers.

Larry Presswood

September 3, 2013

I will always remember Bill as a kind, gentle and jovial man. I cherish the times we spent at family visits and gatherings. Bobbie and I extend our heartfelt prayers and thoughts to Mary and the family.

Larry & Bobbie Presswood and family

September 3, 2013

Mrs. Hayes, Debbie and Jan,
I am terribly sorry for your loss. I have many wonderful memories at your house and at the lake, spending time with your family. I remember his quick wit, big smile and laughter. What a great man, he will be missed. My prayers are with you at this sorrowful time. Jan Taylor Graves

Janie Presswood-Pitchie

September 3, 2013

I will always remember "Uncle Bill" as one of my favorite cousins. He was a kind and loving man.
My love and thoughts to his family.
Janie Presswood-Pitchie

Cristy Rogers

September 3, 2013

Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your loved one. Mr. Hayes was a customer and I talked to him many times by phone and in person. He always managed to make me laugh but was very serious about his business! In every conversation, he gave a loving testimony about his wife and family.
My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this time. Kind regards, Cristy Rogers, Offenhauser & Co. Insurance