Joseph Woods Hayes, 77, of 114 Golfclub Drive, Elizabeth City, NC died Thursday, November 30, 2017 at his residence. He was born in Camden, SC January 29, 1940 to the late Lemuel Hayes and Rosa Wages Hayes and was the husband of Rose Padilla Hayes. He served his country honorably in the US Army and was stationed in Japan and the Dominican Republic. He retired as a pawnbroker and jewelry repairman after forty years. He was also an auctioneer and real estate broker. Joe was a member of West Smithfield Baptist Church in Smithfield, NC and occasionally attended Forest Park Church. He enjoyed golf, fishing and, after retirement, he liked to travel.
In addition to his wife, Rose of fifty-five years, he is survived by a daughter, Lisa Hayes; a son, Joel Hayes (Kelly); two grandchildren, Justin Hayes and Ashton Hayes; one great grandchild, Jaxson Bentley; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by three sisters, Emmy Gaskins, Bertha Napper and Faye Hayes and two brothers, Benny Lee Hayes and Wayne Hayes.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at Twiford Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Scott Neal officiating. Burial will follow at 2:00 p.m. at Albert G. Horton, Jr., Veterans Memorial Cemetery 5310 Milners Road, Suffolk, VA 23434 with military honors provided by the U. S. Army. The family will receive friends on Monday, December 4, 2017 from 6:30 ~ 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 930-B Wellness Drive, Greenville, NC 27834 or to Forest Park Church, PO Box 181, Elizabeth City, NC 27909. Twiford Funeral Home, 405 E. Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is assisting the Hayes family. Online memorial condolences may be sent to the family at www.TwifordFH.com.
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