Clay County Democrat
Editor, Francis Murray
Luther Hayes Passed
Away Last Saturday
Luther Hayes was born in Williamson County, Ill., January 8, 1877, and departed this life November 14, 1942, at the age of 65.
He professed faith in Christ in 1930 and lived a true Christian life.
He was united in marriage to Betty Simpson August 22, 1893, to this union 10 children were born, five boys and five girls. His wife and two children preceded him in death.
Surviving are three daughters Mrs. Mable Butler of Philadelphia, Penn., Mrs. Pearl Jacoby of Philadelphia, Penn., Mrs. Lois Layne of this city, five sons, Odis Hayes of Gideon, Mo., Oather Hayes, Piggott, Ralph, Ira and Jewel Hayes all of Rector. Three brothers, Case Hayes and Charlie Hayes of Poplar Bluff, Mo., and a sister, Mrs. Gertie Grogan of Piggott.
Funeral services were held last Tuesday, November 17 at 2:30 at the Mitchell Funeral Home Chapel, conducted by the Rev. S.I. Runyon. Burial was in Woodland Heights Cemetery in charge of Mitchell Funeral Home.
Luther Hayes migrated from southern Illinois/northern Kentucky to the town of St. Francis in Northeast Arkansas by 1896. Luther was accompanied by his wife, Betty Simpson Hayes, who he married in Kentucky in 1893, and by two daughters, Mabel and Pearl Hayes.
Luther's parents, William O. Hayes and Tennessee Henrietta King, later migrated by 1905, settling in the same St. Francis area. Some of Luther's siblings were brothers, William C., Herbert and Charles A. Hayes. Luther also had a sister, Gertie (Black, Grogan, Wright).
The names of Luther and Betty's children born in Arkansas were sons, Otis, Oather Lee (Ethel Deniston), Ira (Mozell Smith), Ralph (Delphia Deniston) and Jewell Hayes. Daughter, Lois Hayes (Sidney Layne) was also born in Arkansas.
Luther and Betty settled in the Leonard area after 1910 for a few years before leaving for Pennsylvania with some of their children in the 1920's. They remained there for several years, returning to the Leonard area in the mid 1930's. Daughters, Mabel Hayes Butler and Pearl Hayes Jacoby, remained on the east coast.
Betty Simpson Hayes died in March of 1942, eight months prior to Luther's passing. They were both born in 1877.
Your writer would love to hear from any of our readers who could give more data on the Hayes families. These families moved around so much that it was difficult to trace all of them, especially who the Hayes' grandchildren were who grew up around Leonard in the last 50 to 60 years.