|Birth: ||Jun. 14, 1895|
|Death: ||May 31, 1980|
Jerome Wiliam Hayes, Sr., was born on June 14, 1895, at Kirbytown, Marshall, Alabama. Named for a murdered uncle on his father's side, he was the fourth child of John Davis Hayes and Esther A. McInturff. One of their children was still living when Jerome arrived. The third child, George, was two years older than his new brother. Two sisters, Stella and an unnamed sister who lived only one day, died before he was born. When Jerome was three years old, his sister, Mary Pearl--called "Pearl" by her family, was born. His youngest sibling, Ruby Kate, arrived when Jerome was about five and a half years old.
Young Jerome did not have much time for play, for the Hayes family worked shares on the McFarland farm. As a child, he picked cotton and thinned corn, but every so often, he had an opportunity to be a child. He and his brother, George, made bows and arrows. Their father, a native of Tennessee, was part Cherokee Indian so Jerome had an interest in Indians.
Jerome had an eighth grade education. As a child, he walked miles to get to school which was held in Haygood Methodist Church in Kirbytown. Jerome loved it when the teacher would divide them up into two groups for a spelling bee. He loved spelling down his classmates.
Whenever they could, his family attended church services at Haygood Methodist Church. Later in life, after Jerome had married and was living at Decatur, Morgan, Alabama, he joined Fairview Baptist Church and served as a deacon.
Jerome served in the army during the first World War. He went across the Atlantic Ocean to France. A daughter-in-law, Francine Hayes, has his army uniform.
On 20 March 1921, he married Jemima Hoover "Nina" Jacobs, the daughter of Harry A. and Mary Ellen Jacobs, at Kirbytown. They farmed, and he was a cement finisher out of Decatur in his older years. Jerome and Nina had three children: John Davis, who was named for his paternal grandfather, born 23 April 1923, Jerome William Jr., born 08 September 1928, and Helen Ruby born 06 May 1933.
In 1978, Jerome suffered the loss of his beloved Nina.
Jerome died at the age of eighty-four while out working in his vegetable garden at Danville, Morgan, Alabama. He was found lying face down among his carefully tended tomatoes. He died doing what he loved to do.
Jerome is buried with Nina at Roselawn Gardens Of Memory in Decatur. (Bio written by Mary Elizabeth Joiner)
John Davis Hayes (1862 - 1918)
Esther A. McInturff Hayes (1858 - 1934)
Jemima Hoover Jacobs Hayes (1895 - 1979)*
Jerome Jerry' Hayes (1928 - 1999)*
Helen Ruby Hayes Laney (1933 - 2003)*
George Washington Hayes (1893 - 1983)*
Jerome William Hayes (1895 - 1980)
Mary Pearl Hayes Joiner (1898 - 1974)*
Roselawn Gardens Of Memory
Plot: Garden of Gethsemane/Section 6/Lot 66D
Maintained by: Mary-Elizabeth Joiner
Originally Created by: C. R. Lane
Record added: Sep 16, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 58754778
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