Gayden Ray Hayes


Birth Date: June 12, 1956

Death Date: October 20, 2016

Visitation Date: 10-22-2016 Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Visitation Place : Heritage Funeral Home


Service Date: 10-23-2016 Time: 2:00 PM
Service Place : Heritage Funeral Home


Cemetery Date: 10-23-2016 Time: 3:15 PM
Cemetery Place : Orange Grove Cemetery

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Obituaries » Gayden Ray Hayes




The definition of Godliness is:  a religious life, a careful observance of the laws of God, and performance of religious duties proceeding from a love and reverence for God.   Ray Hayes truly embodied Godliness, and lived his life in accordance to God’s will with Christian obedience.  He was first and foremost a family man, and the ultimate provider.  He loved nothing more than his beautiful wife, daughter, and grandson.  They were the spark that kept him going when times were tough, and during the long hours of work at his profession when it was physically exhausting.  Ray not only loved his family but loved his extended family, friends, and strangers without reservation or hesitation.  He would do anything for anyone, and was the most trustworthy human being one could ever meet.  Ray had multiple hobbies included fixing broken things.  As a matter of fact, his family and friends have a saying, “If Ray can’t fix it, throw it away!”  However, his favorite hobby was playing his guitar with “The Gospel Friends” and ministering at the Mission of Hope in Alabama for the last 12 years.  Ray was a loyal employee for International Paper in Moss Point, MS and for BP Gas Processing Plant in Pascagoula, MS during his career.  He attended Orange Grove Assembly of God where he was the adult Sunday school teacher and deacon for many years.  He was a member of Eastside Assembly of God until his passing.   One of his most memorable attributes was his uncanny knowledge and ability to teach the meaning of God’s word.  He will never be forgotten, and the life lessons he taught will forever be cherished.  We will all miss his sense of humor, smiling face, loving nature, and most of all his positive attitude toward everything good or bad. He was truly the sunshine of many lives, and his love will live forever.  Heaven is brighter today because Ray’s soul is finally home.  The words Ray always said no matter what were  “Thank you Jesus.”   These words will ring on in our ears forever.  We love you Ray and miss you more than words can express.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Ira Eugene and Joann Hayes, father-in-law, Charles Herrington and brother-in-law, Deuaine (Tater-Bug) Taylor.

He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Judy Hayes; daughter, Kakki Barrow; grandson, Cruz Barrow; mother-in-law, Carolyn Herrington; brother-in-law, Mark (Paula) Herrington; sister-in-law, Shelia Taylor; nephews, Dan (Paula) Taylor, Sam (Kerri) Taylor, and Ty (Rachael) Taylor; niece, Hannah Herrington; great nephews, Travis (Samantha) Taylor, Zachary Taylor, Liam Taylor, and Lloyd Taylor; great niece, Cayman Taylor, great-great niece, Carrie Annalee Taylor; and very special uncle, Herbert Louie (Earline) Bang.

The visitation for Ray will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home in Escatawpa, MS. The funeral service will be held on Sunday, October 23, 2016 in the funeral home chapel beginning at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Wendell Stork, Rev. Alan Hinton, Rev. Tim Cauley and Rev. Alton Stokes officiating. The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at Orange Grove Cemetery in Moss Point with Marshall Vaughan, Louis Seaman, Russell Seaman, Clarence Jones, David Stovall, and Mackie Maples serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Dan Taylor, Sam Taylor, Ty Taylor, Travis Taylor, Zachary Taylor, and Cruz Barrow.

Heritage Funeral Home, locally owned and operated, in Escatawpa/Moss Point, MS is in charge of arrangements.