Maxine Arizonia (Pickney) Hayes was born in Hoxie, Ark., February 13, 1933, to the late Reverend Richard Clayburn (R.C.) and Laura Jane (Yates) Pickney. She was the oldest of five children. She gave her life to the Lord Jesus Christ at the age of 11 and was baptized in Milligan Ridge, Ark. After attending nine schools in a span of 11 years, she graduated from Senath-Hornersville High School in 1951.
On May 3, 1952, after an evening worship service at the Senath First Assembly of God Church, she married Floyd Doyle “Johnny” Hayes. They were married for 57 years. Together they raised five children on a farm just a few miles north of Senath, in the Allen Island community. In the late 1950s, they also purchased and operated a small café, The One Minute Lunch, located on Commercial Street in Senath. During her lifetime she worked outside the home as a waitress at several local restaurants, at Emerson Electric, and as a store clerk at Sterlings, Magic Mart and retired from Walmart in 2000.
Maxine was both frugal and generous. Anyone who entered her home was fed and loved. Her grandmother lived with them for over 30 years. She shared her home with her ailing sister-in-law, as well as two foster daughters. After retirement, she volunteered as an ombudsman at the Senath Nursing home through the Area Agency on Aging
Maxine was a member of the First Assembly of God Church of Senath for more than 70 years. Among other duties, she served in her church as a deaconess, as the Sunday School teacher for the Young Grandmas Class and was the treasurer for the Women’s Missionary Union. She was faithful in her attendance and giving of tithes and offerings.
She always put everyone’s needs before her own and never spoke poorly of anyone. She especially enjoyed cooking for her five children and their families, which include 19 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. No one made better apricot fried pies than she did.
Maxine left this earth Monday, October 4, 2021, from the St. Bernards ICU in Jonesboro, Ark., at the age of 88 years, 7 months, 21 days. Her husband, parents and her sister Joyce Cates and husband, Herman, greeted her when she arrived at her eternal home.
Her other siblings and spouses Clay and Sue Pickney of Springfield, Mo.; Pat and Mike Miller of Battlefield, Mo.; Jim and June Pickney of Urbana, Mo.; and her sister-in-law, Lucille Hayes of Scott City, Mo., grieve her loss but rejoice in her victory over death.
Maxine’s many nephews, nieces, other relatives and many friends will also miss her.
Her descendants include Jim and Charla Hayes of Senath, Jake and Christen Hayes of Jonesboro, Cole and Hannah, Amanda and Brett Mann of Jonesboro; Debra and Dennis Murphree of Franklin, N.H., Daniel Murphree of Ridgedale, Mo., Aletheia Murphree of El Dorado, Ark., Elijah and Jeremiah, Charles and Ramey Murphree of Concord, N.H., Clyde and Clay, David and Holly Murphree of Jacksonville, Ark., Micah and Eli, John and Courtney Murphree of El Dorado, Vanessa and Alyssa, James Murphree of Franklin, N.H., Janna Gage Epperson of El Dorado, Braxton, Cecilia and Maya; Sharon and Larry Keith Cooper of Jonesboro, Adam and Gina Cooper of Paragould, Ethan, Evan and Madilyn, Jessica and Scott Browning of Caraway, Ark., Caden, Will and Ben; Janet and Mark Dunivan of Caruth, Mo., Samantha and Mitchell Nail of Jonesboro, Baron and Callum, Zachary Dunivan of Bono, Ark., Stephanie and Seth Campbell of Tomball, Texas, Jonathan Dunivan of Caruth, Kimberly and Stevie Parris of Philadelphia, Penn., Nate Dunivan of Bono; Donna and Rick Haywood of St. Francis, Ark., Kalee Haywood of Brookland, Ark., and Nick Haywood and fiancé Ashton Brown of Brookland.
Visitation was held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, October 10, 2021, at the First Assembly of God Church, located at 601 State Street, Senath, Mo.
The Celebration of Life service for Maxine A. Hayes was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, October 10, 2021, at the First Assembly of God Church with Pastor Richard Oliver officiating. The interment service followed in the Senath Cemetery.
Grandsons served as pallbearers and granddaughters as honorary pallbearers.
McDaniel Funeral Service of Senath was in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be made to www.mcdanielfuneralservice.com.