James Arnold Hayes, 86, of Murfreesboro, died Wednesday, July 9, 2014.
He was a native of Bradley County and the son of the late James Leon and Lillie May Epperson Hayes.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Frances Kemp Hayes who died in January 2014; and brothers: Gene and Sherrill Hayes.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, July 14, 2014, at Woodfin Memorial Chapel. Dr. Eugene Cotey will officiate. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
He is survived by his daughter, Risé (Pat Patterson) Hayes; son, Jimmy Hayes and his wife, Teresa; grandchildren: James and Julie Kate Hayes, all of Murfreesboro; several cousins, nieces and nephews; and two granddogs: Peanut and Hurricane.
He was a member of First Baptist Church and a U.S. Navy World War II veteran, who served with the Seabees in Guam and Panama.
He received his bachelor of science degree from MTSU. He was a band director and music teacher at Gallatin High School before he began working for the American Appraisal Company in 1956 as a staff appraiser in the Industrial Division. He retired from American Appraisal Company as vice president of valuation services. He held the designation of Professional Engineer and Senior Member-American Society of Appraisers. He was responsible for the direction of major and complex engagements, both domestically and internationally. He retired as president of Hayes and Associates and was recognized by the National Register’s Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals. He was a member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels and former member of the Murfreesboro Lions Club.
The family expresses their deep appreciation and gratitude for the care and kindness shown by Adams Place Assisted Living and Health Care Staff, St. Thomas Heart Group and Dr. Chris Beckman and staff. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, 200 E. Main St., Murfreesboro, TN 37130 or Rutherford County Pet Adoption and Welfare Service (PAWS).
Visitation will be Monday from noon to 2 p.m. at Woodfin Memorial Chapel.