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James Lawson Hayes
Birth: Apr. 16, 1947
Etowah County
Alabama, USA
Death: Oct. 19, 2007
Wisconsin, USA

Sheriff Hayes was a graduate of the Hokes Bluff High School Class of 1965, and a member of the only undefeated football team in school history in 1964. He was a faithful member of Union No. 3 Baptist Church, serving as both a deacon and Sunday school teacher. His law enforcement career began at the Etowah County Sheriff's Office in 1972 as a deputy sheriff. In 1986, he was elected Sheriff and was subsequently re-elected in 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2006 - distinguishing him as the longest serving sheriff in Etowah County history. In 1994, Hayes had the distinct privilege of serving as President of the Alabama Sheriffs Association. Sheriff Hayes believed in a common sense approach to law enforcement built on a foundation of courtesy and professionalism. Sheriff Hayes was a member of numerous clubs, organizations, committees and boards in Etowah County and the state of Alabama. Most importantly, he was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend who will be missed tremendously.
Sheriff Hayes was preceded in death by his parents, E.L. and Sara Hayes; sister, Camelia; and brothers, Stanley Carl, Johnny Dale and Jerry Wayne.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 40 years, Diane; sons, Brian (Gina) and Justin; grandson, Owen; brothers, Don (Irene), Alan (Betty), Ernie (Kathleen), Robert (Diane), Sammy, David (Valerie) and Johnny (Donna); sisters, Janis (John) Bussey, Mary (Gerald) Green, Debra (Ronald) Rochester and Lynn (Gary) Williams; and a host of nieces and nephews. 
 
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 Parents:
  Ernest Lafayette Hayes (1914 - 1984)
  Sara Josephine Camp Hayes (1917 - 2001)
 
 Siblings:
  Camelia Hayes (1942 - 1943)*
  Ernie Crad Hayes (1944 - 2011)*
  James Lawson Hayes (1947 - 2007)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Crestwood Memorial Cemetery
East Gadsden
Etowah County
Alabama, USA
 
Created by: Dustin Oliver
Record added: Oct 21, 2007
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