William Hayes

William Hayes

Sunday, June 11th, 1967 - Thursday, June 18th, 2020
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Williams Hayes

On Sunday, June 11, 1967, William Thomas Hayes entered the world with a strong cry announcing his arrival, and from that point on, he was loved by family, friends, and associates.

Born to proud parents, Laura Cornelia Hayes and Charlie Matthews, Jr., William was preceded in death by both parents and one sister, Nina Delores Hearne-Hopkins.

William was educated in the Huntsville City School System and was a graduate of J.O. Johnson High School. He furthered his education by receiving an Associate’s degree from Calhoun Community College.

William had a strong work ethic from an incredibly young age and was always sharpening his body and mind. He began learning the art of Taekwondo at an early age and continued his training to become an instructor. In that same vain, he joined the United States Marine Corps (Semper Fi), serving for four years, and upon his return home, he applied and was accepted to the Huntsville City Police Department, a job he loved, but, because he desired more, William opened his own investigation firm, HEI Investigations, which he operated for more than twenty years. In this business, he provided private security for some high-profile entertainers and security for local businesses. William investigated many cases for local attorneys and private individuals, as well. William was an avid poker player and could be found playing in tournaments around the world, and he loved to travel, both domestically and internationally. It was a life well-lived.

William leaves to cherish and remember fondly: his wife, Barbara Hayes; four children, Aubery Hayes (North Charleston, SC), Miles Hayes (Atlanta, GA), Asia Kelley-Hayes, and William Thomas Hayes, Jr. (Huntsville, AL); one grandson, Marsellis King Hayes (Atlanta, GA); three sisters, Annie Harris (Huntsville, AL), Loretta Smith (Atlanta, GA), and Sharon Shuman (Madison, AL); two brothers, James Earl Smith (Huntsville, AL) and Alexander Smith (Orlando, FL); a special friend who was more like a brother, K.T. Tanner (Huntsville, AL); one godson, Tervon Graham (Knoxville, TN); and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Many of William’s close friends are members of the Huntsville City Police Department and other communities around the city and state.
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    Thursday, June 25th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Thursday, June 25th, 2020 11:00am
    Serenity Funeral Home Chapel
    2505 University Drive NW
    HUNTSVILLE, AL 35816
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Reverend Endia J. Scruggs


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Emily Tipton

Posted at 08:47pm
Will... you have been an amazing friend for many years. The advice, support and care you gave is unmatchable. My children and I will always cherish every moment. You were loved kind friend. Until we meet again on the other side...

Shawn Franklin

Posted at 08:50pm
I am in pain and disbelief as I attempt to offer my words of condolence. William was a brother. We shipped out to Marine Corps Boot Camp on the buddy program along with Dion Turner and Malcolm Pope. Our lives were forever intertwined from there. Soooo many stories. This hurts. I offer my sincere condolences to his family, children and other friends. Gone far too soon but he left an indelible mark in my life and undoubtedly the lives of countless others.
Semper Fidelis brother.

Darryl Powers

Posted at 01:33am
To the Hayes Family may God comfort you. So sorry to hear your loss of our friend William. Peace be with you, The Powers Family (Robert Powers, Darryl Powers).

Gwenda Wiggins

Posted at 10:12pm
My deepest condolences to the Hayes family . My longtime friend , you will truly be missed. Your friends and brothers ( William Wiggins , Michael Bone , Chris Malone , Calvin Grizzard , Otis Burwell ) See you at the waterfalls .

Gwenda Wiggins Posted at 10:16pm

This post was sent by William Wiggins , Using my wife's platform .

Jean Tanner

Posted at 08:06pm
You were my brother, my friend, and my guide. Only God may know why! My. Sincere condolences to the entire family. May God continue to comfort and bring peace to the broken hearted!
Jean Tanner, Rockford, IL

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