Lionel Hayes was born on October 08, 1949 to the late Preston Hayes, Sr. and Angeline Bazile Hayes. He was one of 11 children. Lionel was baptized at an early age at St. John Baptist Church.
He was joined in Holy Estate with Marie Hayes on June 05, 1971. Lionel was employed by the Avoyelles Parish School Board where he retired after 35 years of service. There are infinite amounts of unforgettable memories embedded in the mind and hearts of all that was fortunate enough to cross paths with him. On the morning of Monday, September 27, 2021 Lionel exchanged this life for eternal fellowship with the Lord. He was preceded in death by his parents Preston Hayes, Sr and Angeline Hayes, his brother Earl Hayes, father in law Sandy Ford, Sr., two nieces LaShon Hayes, Kendra Smith, two nephews Terrell W. Ford II and Jarvis Presley.
Lionel is survived by his wife, Marie Hayes; children Brian Hayes, Angela Hayes (Jimmy), and Mary Butler (Carlton). Grandkids Jadelyn Hall, Mattraveon Hayes, Mattrelle Hayes, and Jayden Hayes. One great grandchild Jayceon Hall. One uncle Aircey Hayes. Nine siblings Larry Hayes (Ruby), Michael Hayes (Ella), Jackie Hayes, Sterling Hayes (Bennie), Preston Hayes, Jr. (Brenda), Mary Hayes, Retha Hayes, Joyce Hayes, and Dorothy Young (James). Mother in law Annie Ford. Four brother in laws; Sandy Ford, Jr (Pam), Kenneth Ford, Terrell Ford, Sr. (Dionne), Sandy Coleman (Stephanie). Two sister in laws; Annie Coleman (John) and Dorothy Scott (James). Three godchildren; Tevin Ford, Terrielle Ford, and Latoya Davis. A host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
A Service honoring the Legacy of Lionel Hayes will be held on Saturday, October 9, 2021. at St. Edwards Funeral Home in Bunkie Louisiana. Public viewing and visitation will begin at 9am with service beginning at 11am. Immediately following the service the final committal rights will be held at Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery in Goudeau Louisiana. Mask must be worn.