Services

Graveside Service

Sat. Mar. 30, 2019
12:00 pm

Zion Cemetery - Fairview Alpha, LA


Fairview Alpha , LA .
Sat. Mar. 30, 2019
12:00 pm
Zion Cemetery - Fairview Alpha, LA

Fairview Alpha , LA .
In Memory of
IB Hayes
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A great man drew his last breath at 2:37 a.m. on March 27, 2019. IB Hayes of Houston, Texas lived an extraordinary life for 92 years. His greatest achievement was being a devoted family man to people who loved him completely for his gentle words and giving ways. His wife of nearly 70 years, twin daughters, five granddaughters, and nine great grandchildren are his legacy. They were by his side at the end in his favorite place in the world: home. This is what he chose and deserved.

IB was born December 2, 1926 in Bogalusa, Louisiana, living in various towns and cities across the state and ending in Shreveport until his company transferred him to Houston in 1961. He was the first sibling of four to be born in a hospital, not at home. He graduated from Centenary College, Shreveport after serving in the Navy during World War II. Being a sailor on the USS Intrepid defined his life. He spoke of it often, the good parts and bad, and even spent his last days reminiscing about the experience. After a deadly kamikaze bombing that killed several sailors around him, he wondered for the rest of his life why he lived and they died. To all who knew him, his purpose was very clear: to teach us to love one another as God loves us.  

IB Hayes worked as an accountant for Exxon for more than 30 years. The highlight of every week, however, was being at home working in his beautiful yard, standing in the grass under the trees listening to the birds. His reward at the end of those days was a cold beer, a slab of chuck roast on a homemade barbecue pit, and family and friends gathered on the patio. The favorite tools of his trade were a lawnmower and hedge clipper. The Westbury Civic Club agreed that he used them well, awarding him Yard of the Month several times.

IB was forever drawn to the sea. His favorite family vacations were close to the waves, on the shore with seagulls flying overhead looking for endless Cheetos he brought for the trip. In his later years, he enjoyed sailing on cruise ships in the Caribbean, walking the deck each day watching the sun come up over the ocean.  He also traveled to New York City to visit the Intrepid one last time, now a floating museum that he revered. On that day, he was a rock star.

A real man loves God and takes care of his wife and family first. IB Hayes knew he could no longer do this and chose hospice instead of going back in the hospital. His ticker was finally giving out. He died peacefully five days later.  IB Hayes was a real man. 

A graveside service will be held at noon on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at the Hayes family plot behind the Zion Baptist Church in Fairview Alpha, Louisiana. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum Complex at https://support.intrepidmuseum.org/give/219080/#!/donation/checkout.

The following family members will love and honor IB’s memory forever: wife Melba McNeal Hayes, daughter Karen Hayes Chapman and her husband Bobby, daughter Kandy Hayes Steen and her husband Gary, granddaughters Natalie Hiltpold Ippolito, Candice Hiltpold McNair, Jennifer Steen McLoughlin,  Jacqueline Steen Ruesink, Jessica Steen Uriarti, and their husbands (respectively) Tony Ippolito, Zach McNair, Shawn McLoughlin, and Jake Ruesink. Nine great grandchildren adored him. In heaven, he is joined by his mother Melvina Hayes, his father Ira Hayes, his sister Thelma, and brothers Joe and Ralph, along with many nieces and nephews. 

IB Hayes was an original whose accomplishments few others will achieve. May the memory of him be a blessing.

Charitable Donations may be made to:

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex
Pier 86 W 46th St and 12th Ave, New York, 10036. Website Link