Raeford Thomas Hayes, age 68, of Bear Creek, died Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at UNC Hospitals, Chapel Hill.
Mr. Hayes was born July 10, 1951 in Chatham County, to Ralph Thomas and Wilma Phillips Hayes. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife: Brenda Brafford Hayes; brothers: Henry C. "Shorty" Hayes, Lacy E. Hayes, Ralph "Jack" Hayes, Jr., Hobart Hayes, Norman L. "Joe" Hayes, and Jerry W. Hayes.
He was employed by Collins & Aikmans (Joan Fabrics). Raeford enjoyed working on his tractor, riding horses, and cutting wood. His morning routine always included coffee and Pepsi through out the day. He was always busy doing something and kept up to date on current events by watching the News daily. Watching TV was a favorite hobby of Raeford's some of his favorites were "The Munsters", "Friday Night SmackDown", and all Western movies. His favorite singer was Johnny Cash and he enjoyed eating Little Debbie Cakes.
He is survived by daughter: Marsha Hayes of Bear Creek; sisters: Barbara Ann Tesh of Robbins, Irene Atkins and Shirley DeBoard both of Siler City; and brother: John Henry Hayes of Robbins.
Visitation will be from 1:00pm – 2:00pm Monday, June 22, 2020 at Smith & Buckner, and other times at the home of his sister, Irene Atkins, 851 Lambert Chapel Rd., Siler City, NC 27344.
A graveside service will take place on Monday, June 22, 2020 at 3:00pm at Pleasant Grove Christian Church, 5946 Pleasant Grove Church Rd., Bennett; Rev. David Edwards officiating.
Smith & Buckner Funeral Home is assisting the family during this time.
Online condolences may be made at www.pughfuneralhome.com.