Peter Taylor Hayes
Peter Taylor Hayes
  • June 29, 1945 - October 7, 2017
  • Brookhaven, Georgia

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Peter (Pete) T Hayes passed away peacefully surrounded by his family October 7. Pete was born June 29, 1945 in Port of Spain, Trinidad. Because his father was an officer in the regular Army, Pete has lived in numerous states and countries including Triniday, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, California, Kansas, Louisiana and Georgia.

Pete attended Catholic University in Washington DC and completed his BA degree in business at Georgia State University (GSU) in Atlanta. Pete was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and was involved in Greek life. After graduation he worked for NAPA eventually moving to Chicago, Illinois. Not liking the winters in Chicago, he moved back to Atlanta to work in real estate with his father. Meanwhile, Pete and his business partner found a closed Sandy's Burger restaraunt and this became the Rusty Nail July 1974. Over its 43 year history not only is the Rusty Nail a local watering hole but an Atlanta icon on Buford Highway. In addition to the Buford Highway, there is a second location on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs. Pete met his wife Vicki thru the insurance company that covered the Nail in 1978 and they wed two years later.

His hobbies include golf, recreational aircraft, sailing, windsurfing and DIY projects.

His survived by his wife of 37 years Vicki; daughter Marie Phillips (Shon); son Peter; sister Karen Beall (George); and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 5-8 PM Tuesday October 17 at HM Patterson and Son Oglethorpe Hill. The funeral mass will be held at 11 AM October 18 at Our Lady of Assumption Brookhaven, Georgia. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St Jude Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee. The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the staff of Northside Hospital, Emory St Joseph Hospital and Well star Windy Hill Hospital.