William ‘Bill’ Hayes

William Leland “Bill” Hayes, 81, of Chestnut Grove Road, died Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at the St. Joseph’s campus of Mission Hospitals in Asheville following a yearlong battle with cancer.

Born June 10, 1937, in East Orange, New Jersey, he was the son of the late William L. Hayes Sr. and the late Eva Jo Gillis Hayes. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife, Peggy Cliatt Hayes, who passed away in 2013. Also preceding Bill in death was a sister, Helen Hayes Lewis.

Bill was an amateur ham radio operator for 66 years and was proud of his call letters, W4ABM. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Spruce Pine, the American Radio Relay League and the Mayland Amateur Radio Club. He was also a member of the National Rifle Association. He enjoyed riding motorcycles, horses and model railroading. In his spare time, he enjoyed target practice, hunting and golf. He loved spending time with his family and attending family gatherings. He was a retired mechanical and electrical engineer and liked designing various projects. Over his career he was awarded several patents, most recently he designed and oversaw the construction of the Parkway Fire Department.

Left to cherish his memories are his daughters, Gaylen Ehrlichman, and husband, Dwight, of Asheville, and Susan Hedgpeth, and husband, Roger, of Lumberton; his son, David Hayes, of Asheville; his grandchildren, Spencer and Jackson Hayes, Jennifer Sealey and Jessica Kaukola, and Katherine and Dustin Ehrlichman; his great-grandchildren, Abby, Ryan and Sadie; and a niece, Stephanie Noblitt Galvin.

A funeral service for Bill Hayes was 11 a.m. Friday, April 5, 2019, at the First Baptist Church of Spruce Pine with Dr. Rocky Branch officiating. A time to support the family, share memories and receive friends was 10-11 a.m. Friday, April 5, 2019, at First Baptist Church of Spruce Pine.  Graveside services and interment was 3 p.m. Friday, April 5, 2019, in the Calvary Episcopal Church Cemetery in Fletcher.  

Instead of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Parkway Fire Department, 12966 NC 226, Spruce Pine, NC  28777.

Words of comfort may be emailed to the family by going to www.webbfh.com, selecting William “Bill” Hayes’ name and signing his guestbook. Webb Funeral Home of Spruce Pine is honored to be assisting the Hayes family. Mr. Hayes obituary has also been posted on Facebook.

The MItchell News

Mailing Address: PO Box 339 
Spruce Pine, NC 28777 
Phone: 828-765-7169
Fax: 828-765-1616