William Lee “Jake” Hayes Sr., 69, died peacefully on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2006, at his home, after a short battle with cancer. He was born May 8, 1937, in Painter, Va., the son of Anna Hayes, who preceded him in death. He received his education in the Virginia public school system.
Hayes was employed by Allen’s Food in Harbeson, Del., beginning in October 1992, until his illness began in October 2006. He was a night-shift evisceration floor man. Hayes had also worked for Townsend’s in Millsboro and H&H Poultry in Selbyville, totaling 40 years in the poultry industry. Other jobs that he held were at Phillips Crab House as a cook, and in his earlier years he had worked for Cropper Oyster Company in Dagsboro.
He was a member of the Landmark Baptist Tabernacle, in Milton, under the leadership of the Rev. Leslie Freeman Sr. Hayes’ favorites were cooking and barbecuing for his family and friends. He enjoyed his vacations to Virginia at Best Western. He looked forward to friend and family day every August.
He leaves his wife, Barbara, whom he married on Dec. 24, 1960, at Mt. Olive Baptist Church Pocomoke, Md. Out of the union came five children: Lynne Brown (Harry) of Bridgeville, William Hayes Jr. and wife Rene of Milton, Wallace Hayes and Ann Gibbs of Seaford, Orice Hayes of Milton and Chanett R. Cannon (Wendell) of Seaford. Hayes also left behind brothers James A. Hayes of Newport News, Va., Estell Lee of Philadelphia, Pa.; a very special niece, Michelle Lee of Philadelphia, Pa.; adopted sons Anthony Watson of Salisbury, Md., Theodore Chesson of Coverdale, Del., and Alanzo Frisby of Coverdale, Del.; two special aunts, Mildred Pitts of Virginia and Pearlee Jackson of Maryland; an uncle, Awdry Jackson of Maryland; brother-in-law the Rev. Michael Turner and Jay; a sister-in-law, Kerry Turner; mother-in-law, Florie Haley of Dagsboro; 19 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Services were to be held Saturday, Dec. 16, 2006, at noon, at Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Bridgeville, Del. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Watson Funeral Home, 211 Washington St., Millsboro, Del., on Friday, Dec. 15, 2006, and at church on Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon. The Rev. Lester Freeman will officiate. Burial will be at 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 18, 2006, at St. Johns Second Baptist Church Cemetery, Mt. Joy, near Millsboro, Del.