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1 of 1 | Posted by: Joe Chambers - Monticello, AR


Robbie Louise Hayes Oak Grove, Louisiana Cox Funeral Home Oak Grove, Louisiana Robbie Louise Hayes, 84, passed away peacefully Sunday morning, February 18th, 2018. Mrs. Hayes was born in Monticello, Arkansas on December 30th, 1933. Robbie grew up in southern Arkansas with her two sisters, Rachel and Linda. Robbie gave her life to Jesus Christ in March of 1950 and surrendered to the special service ministry in August of 1950. Robbie met James Hayes at Second Baptist Church in Monticello after he returned home from World War II. James met Robbie in Sunday School and accompanied her while she went out into the community visiting and spreading the word of God. During this time, they fell in love and married on February 9th, 1951. After a difficult year that included the loss of her first son, Jimmie Lee, Robbie won First place in the Arkansas Baptist State Speaking tournament at Little Rock in 1952 with her speech, “Our Homes Must be Christian”. This was the same year that her husband, Rev. James Hayes, surrendered to the ministry. Robbie put this speech into action by supporting Rev. Hayes and serving as the preacher’s wife at 10 churches over the next 50 years. Robbie also supported Rev. Hayes while he completed his education at the University of Arkansas at Monticello in 1961 while working and raising 5 children. In 1963, James, Robbie, and their children moved to Redwing, Louisiana where Robbie continued serving in the churches Brother Hayes pastored and working as a housewife while James taught at Goodwill Elementary and worked as a carpenter. Robbie was known for her own ministry in the area, in addition to Brother Hayes, as well as, for her excellent cooking and baking skills. Robbie routinely coordinated and catered church and ministry events. Additionally, Mrs. Hayes baked many of the wedding cakes in West Carroll and all of the cakes for her children and grandchildren’s many weddings and events. Outside of Church and cooking, Robbie kept and maintained a diverse rose garden. Robbie and James were married 66 years before his passing in October and they would have celebrated their 67th anniversary last week. Mrs. Hayes led her family by example as follower of Christ in all aspects of her life; from her hard work and service to the church to her never-ending love for all of her expansive family. Robbie will be dearly missed by her family and friends. Mrs. Hayes was a member of Pioneer Baptist Church and is survived by sister, Rachel McDaniel and Linda Sue Booker. She leaves behind many members of her family including Daughters: Martha Miley, Jackie Berry, June and Steve Berry, Betty Jo and Mitchell Tackett, Bobbie Ann and Pete McDonald, Son: James and Karen Hayes. Her Grandchildren include Scott Miley, Rodney and Shannon Berry, April and Marc Todd, Heath and Saba Berry, Melanie and Kyle Lane, Jennilee and Brad Rogers, Jonathan and Brooke Hayes, Carly and Evan Secrest, Franki Tackett, Crystal and Steven Ehrhard, Joseph and Brandy Whetstone, and Abbie and Alden DeWitt. Her Great-Grandchildren include: Malori and Dylan Jones, Kade Miley, Colin Miley, Kenley Miley, Josie Todd, Holden Todd, Morgan Todd, Vivian Berry, Jonah Lane, Piper Lane, Max Lane, Millie Rogers, Lyla Rogers, Finley Rogers, Paisley Hayes, Schaefer Hayes, Wyatt Hayes, Hayes Secrest, Evie Secrest, Carter Ehrhard, Nolan Ehrhard, Abigail DeWitt, Amelia DeWitt, and McKinley Whetstone. Her Great-Great-Grandchildren include: Bentley Miley and Addaley Jones. Mrs. Hayes was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. James Pinkney Hayes, father, Ulysess McDaniel, and mother, Adlee McDaniel, son, Jimmy Lee Hayes, and granddaughter Heather Renee Berry. Services will be held at Goodwill Baptist Church, Oak Grove, Louisiana on Wednesday, February 21st at 4 P.M., by Rev. Mike Howard, assisted by Rev. Gary Wolfe, Rev. Johnny Smith, and Rev. Bill Fowler. Visitation will be held Monday and Tuesday from 4PM -9PM at Cox Funeral Home and Wedensday from 1PM - 4PM at Goodwill Baptist Church. Interment will follow in the Redwing Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Cox Funeral Home. Pallbearers include: Rodney Berry, Scott Miley, Heath Berry, Jonathan Hayes, Joseph Whetstone, and Colin Miley. In Lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Gideon’s P. O. Drawer 1189 Oak Grove, LA 71263 or Pioneer Baptist Church P.O. Box 67 Pioneer, LA 71266.

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