James Kenneth "Ken" Hayes

November 10, 1937 ~ January 4, 2024 (age 86) 86 Years Old

James Hayes Obituary

James Kenneth ‘Ken’ Hayes, age 86, of  Vilas, passed away Thursday afternoon, January 4, 2024 at his home.  Born November 10, 1937 in Watauga County, he was a son of Alfonzo and Ann Colvard Hayes.  He was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church.  Ken had numerous employments in his life but the one closest to his heart was that of being a Master Jeweler, specializing in all types of jewelry.  He proudly mentored many to develop and follow his trade.

Ken is survived by his daughters, Susie Moffitt and husband, Mike, of Lenoir, and Becky Warren and husband, Barry, of Holly Springs and his son, James Hayes and his service dog and constant companion, Mums; granddaughters, Nicole Farthing and husband, Joel, of Bethel and Erika Carroll and husband, Nathan, of Holly Springs; six great grandchildren, Jackson, Colt, Hattie Mae, Lucas, Kayleigh and Andrew; brother, Bill Hayes and wife, Carrie, of Monroe; sisters-in-law, Patricia Baldwin and Alta Hayes; and a number of nieces and nephews, including a very special niece, Karen Blackburn and special nephew, Alan Miller; special friends Leonard Dunn and Durwood Hatcher; his beloved sidekicks and fur babies, Daisy and Katie; and his care team, Kerry and Steve Brown, Lori Bolick, Madison Bolick and Lillian White.   In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Beulah Brown Hayes; brother, Tom Hayes; and sisters, Mary Fletcher, Anna Leigh Summett and Elizabeth Kanupp.

Funeral services for Ken Hayes will be conducted Sunday afternoon, January 7, 2024 at 2 o’clock at the Austin & Barnes Funeral Chapel, officiated by Rev. Billy Norris and Rev. Ronnie Hayes.  The body will lie in state at the chapel from 1 until 2 o’clock prior to services.  Graveside services will follow at Mount Lawn Memorial Park & Gardens.

The family respectfully requests no food.  Flowers are appreciated or memorials may be made to Medi Home Hospice (MSA) 400 Shadowline Drive, Suite 100B, Boone, NC 28607.  The family wishes to extend a special ‘Thank You’ to Medi Home Hospice for their special care to Ken and his family.

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