Jim Hayes

James William “Jim” Hayes, age 80, of Henry died Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, at his residence.

 Jim married Roslynn Matlock Hayes April 7, 1963, and they would have celebrated their 60th anniversary this coming April.

 Jim was the president of the J.R. Hayes Construction Company in Paris. He spent 32 years on the Paris Municipal Regional Planning Commission, where he also served as chairman. He also was a member of the Tennessee Road Builders Association.

Jim was a 50-year member of Trinity United Methodist Church, where he served on the committee for two building projects: the addition of Sunday school rooms to the existing fellowship hall in 1980, and the rebuilding of the church after a fire in 2015. He enjoyed collecting classic cars and eventually bought and restored a 1960 Plymouth Fury, just like the one his parents gave him when he graduated high school. He received a degree in biology and math in 1964 from Bethel College, where he was set up on a blind date with Roslynn. Jim devoted his life to his work, his community and his family.

 Born Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 1941, in Humboldt, Tenn., he was the son of the late James Rufus “J.R.” Hayes and the late Mildred Lee McGraw Hayes.

 Along with his wife, survivors include his four children; Tonya (David) Nash, Kayla (Keith) Nation, Kendra (Jason) McCuistion, all of Paris, and Brian (Debbie) Hayes of Benton, Ky.; a sister, Leisa Wimberley of Paris; a brother, Jerry (Debbie) Hayes of Henry; three sisters-in-law: Bettie Hays of McKenzie, Susan Hayes of Henry and Ronda Buck of Memphis; 11 grandchildren: Brandon (Sammi) Hayes, Kelsey (Matthew) Hayes Hudson, Jonathan Nash, Laura (Trevor) Nash Cloar, Kaylyn (Zach) Nation Adkins, Kathryn Nation, Kolby Nation, Will McCuistion, Drew McCuistion, Ben McCuistion and Charlotte McCuistion.

 Jim was also excited about the arrival of his first great-grandchild (baby boy Adkins) in April 2023.

 Special survivors include his dogs, Minnie and Henry.

 Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Jack Hays and Lynn Hayes.

 Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St./ P.O. Box 788, Paris, will be handling the arrangements. Visitation began Tuesday and will continue from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 409 N. Wilson St., Paris. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022, at Trinity United Methodist Church, with pastors Emily Walker and Keith Nation officiating.

 Jim’s grandsons and grandsons-in-law will serve as pallbearers. Employees of the former J.R. Hayes Construction Co. have been named as honorary pallbearers.

 Burial will follow in Memorial Cemetery.

 Memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 409 N. Wilson St., Paris, TN 38242.

 At the request of the family, the service will be livestreamed on Trinity United Methodist Church’s Facebook page.

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