Joe W. Hayes, Sr. – February 14, 2012

Joe W. Hayes, Sr., 94, of Borger, died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012 in Amarillo.

Memorial services will be at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, at First Methodist Church of Borger with Pastor Johnny Robertson officiating.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Joe was born in Clarkesville on April 2, 1917 to William C. Hayes and Dulcenia (Bateman) Hayes.  Joe graduated from high school in Allison, and received bachelors and masters degrees from West Texas College.  Joe was an outstanding athlete, having lettered four years in both football and basketball at West Texas College, graduating in 1939.

Joe taught school in Allison and Plemons from 1939 to 1941, and joined the U.S. Navy in 1942.  During that time, Joe was a member of the Norfolk, Va. Naval Air Station basketball and baseball teams, where he played with numerous professional athletes, including Hank Luseti, Pee Wee Reese and Dominick DaMagio.  In 1944, the Norfolk Naval Air Station basketball team was declared the Nations’ No. 1 Team among all college teams, today’s equivalent of the national championship.

Joe married Nell B. Hayes on July 17, 1943, and after being discharged from the Navy in 1945, Joe and Nell moved to Phillips, where Joe coached football and basketball, became principal of the Junior High School and retired in 1983, from the position of tax assessor and business manager of Phillips I.S.D.  Joe was very proud of his association with Phillips I.S.D. and the hundreds of students with whom he came in contact, many of whom continued to come by to visit with Coach Hayes.  Based on his athletic and coaching achievements, Joe was named as a member of the Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame in 1994, an award of which he was very proud.

After his retirement in 1983, Joe continued to live the Meadowlark Addition west of Borger, and was active in church and community affairs, including his service as a member of the Board of Trustees for Frank Phillips College.  Nell Hayes passed away in September, 1990 and Joe continued to live by himself with the help of his friends, Roger and Susan Bellville, Harvey and Sandra Hilbert, and Chuck and Nancy Nichols.  In 2011, a book, An Unassuming Man, was written about Joe’s life, and was aptly titled.

Joe was a Methodist and a Mason.

Joe’s good humor and wise counsel will be missed by his family and those who knew him.

Joe is survived by his son, Joe W. Hayes, Jr., and wife Karla Hayes of Amarillo, his son, Aubrey W. Perry, and wife Joan Perry of Mesquite; his grandson, Joe W. Hayes, III, and wife Tessa Hayes of Canadian; his granddaughter, Aimee Lewis and husband, Scott of Sunnyvale; his great-grandsons, Will Hayes and Jake Hayes, both of Canadian; and his great-granddaughters, Ashlee Roulette and Sheridan Lewis, both of Sunnyvale.

The family requests memorials be to the First Methodist Church, 200 North McGee, Borger, Texas 79007.

12 Responses to “Joe W. Hayes, Sr. – February 14, 2012”

  1. Otis Shearer says:

    What a life story in this obituary.
    Otis Shearer

  2. Thelma (Coggin) McDonald says:

    My heart goes out to each and everyone of the family of coach, Joe. He was and will be remembered from my Phillips school days. I am sure that he is sitting on the right side of Jesus and singing with the angels.
    Thelma (Coggin) McDonalda

  3. Monty Trimble says:

    Thanks for the time you spent with us, Uncle Joe. I will always cherish the memories of visiting in Phillips and listening to the stories from him and Aunt Nell.

  4. Jim & Phyllis Corley Wade says:

    THOUGHTS, LOVE, PRAYERS & MANY WARM MEMORIES

    ARE W/JUDGE & ALL THE FAMILY AT THIS TIME.

    JIM & PHYLLIS

  5. Amy Kindle says:

    Very sorry to hear of Mr. Hayes’ passing. I didn’t know him except as the principal at Phillips Junior High. He was super, always willing to take his time to teach us whatever we needed to know, even for us “rebels” RIP, Mr. Hayes and Thank you for caring.

  6. Leslie Monden says:

    Joe Hayes – The definition of the word “gentleman.” What an inspiration!

  7. ELOYCE DAV IS HARPER says:

    I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER MR. HAYES (HE DESERVES TOO MUCH RESPECT TO CALL HIM JOE) BY HIS SOFT VOICE. IT WAS ALMOST A WHISPER, BUT ALWAYS THE GENTLEMAN. I CHERISH THE MEMORY OF HIM AND HE WILL BE SORELY MISSED AT OUR ANNUAL HOMECOMING WHERE HE WAS ALWAYS IN ATTENDANCE. ELOYCE DAVIS HARPER. CLASS OF ’47.

  8. Richard J. Kelly says:

    RIP, Coach Joe Hayes! I am saddened to learn about the passing of Coach Hayes. My condolences and prayers go to the family members.

  9. Nancy Wolfgang says:

    Uncle Joe was one of a kind. He was always there for my mother and his family when they needed him. At our Family Reunion in 2006 Uncle Joe invited me and my daughter and my siblings to his house for breakfast. We had a great time that day reminiscing about many good times of the past. I always intended to return to visit him again but I regret that procrastination got in the way. I know he has joined his family and my daughter in a better place. I will miss you Uncle Joe and I loved reading your book. Thank you for sharing.

  10. Ann & Ty Sparks says:

    We are saddened at his passing, but we know he lived a rich, full life, as did Nell. Many blessings to his extended family.

  11. Scott Rickard says:

    Joe Bill,
    Sorry to hear about your dad. I saw him a couple of weeks ago at the NuWay cafe in Borger and it was really nice talking to him. Hope all else is good with you and Karla. –Scott–

  12. Sue Vinyard Hood says:

    I remember Mr. Hayes fondly as a great role model for his students, wise, calm and unassuming. Rest in peace Mr. Hayes. Peace and blessings to his family.

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