John Thomas (J.T.) Hayes


   Mr. John Thomas (J.T.) Hayes, Sr. departed this life on Friday, December 11, 2020 at Florence Nursing and Rehab in Florence, Alabama at the age of 87 years. He was born December 19, 1932 in Cypress Inn, Tennessee, the son of the late T. Floyd and Ethel Mae Montgomery Hayes. 

   Mr. Hayes was retired after 32 years with General Motors in Willow Springs, IL as a tool and die maker. He was a Christian and attended the Collinwood Church of Christ and Mt. Hope Church of Christ.

   He is survived by his wife Marie Estella Lucca Hayes. They were married August 17, 1957 in Braidwood, IL. Daughter, Tammy Melinda Hayes; sons, John Thomas Hayes, Jr. and wife Brenda, and Robert Floyd Hayes; grandchildren, Michael Hayes, Jerad Winnie, Chad Winnie, J. Matthew Hayes, Sabrina Diane Griffin, husband JD; great-grandchild, Anniston Drew Griffin; nephew, Bill Morris, wife Lisa.

    In addition to his parents, Mr. Hayes was preceded in death by sisters, Lois Wylodean Hayes, infant sister, Ola Mae Hayes, brother, Allen Gideon Hayes, niece Sandra Joan Smith, and nephew Shawn Atchley.

   Graveside service was held at 1:00 PM Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Lutts, Tennessee with Mike Andrews officiating. Military rites followed graveside. Shackelford Funeral Directors assisted the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Hospital.