James William “Billy” Hayes, 59, passed away peacefully with his family by his side, Sunday, March 13. Services will be at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, March 16, at Dorman Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Mike Day and Brother Mark Bolt officiating. Interment will follow at Kirbyville Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00-9:00 PM, Tuesday, March 15, at Dorman Funeral Home.
Billy was born in Aransas Pass, Feb. 13, 1957 to Herman Hartley Hayes and Nora Pearl Cotton Hayes. He has worked as the superintendent for the Longhorn Truck and Travel Plaza for the past 34 years. He loved wood working, outdoors, his children and his grandchildren. His family and friends meant everything to him.
He was preceded in death by his father, Herman Hartley Hayes and a brother Eddie McGhee.
Survivors include his wife of 19 years, Wonda Hayes and mother, Nora Hayes of Orangefield; three daughters, Heather Franks and her husband Tim of Mauriceville, Tiffany Hayes of Orangefield and Alyssa Mayo and her fiancé Mike Davis; two sisters; Belinda Manuel of Orangefield and Connie Plunk and her husband Thad of Sulphur; brother, Michael Hayes and his wife Ginger of Ravenna; six grandchildren, Christopher Kyle, Christa Kyle, Chance Kyle, Layden Webb, JT Franks and Ely Franks; two sisters-in-law, Sonda Landry and her husband Warren of Little Elm and Cherry Stephens of Buna, as well as numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends that will miss him dearly.
Serving as pallbearers will be Dustin Arrant, Garrett Thibodeaux, Scott Arrant, Travis Arrant, Darren Arrant and Dalton Arrant. Honorary pallbearers will be his four grandsons, Christopher Kyle, Layden Webb, Chance Kyle and JT Franks.