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Jim Hayes

Jun 29th, 1951 - Feb 21st, 2023

Visitation: 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, 2023, at First Church of Flora (203 East 3rd Street)

Funeral Ceremony: 1 p.m. at the church 

Interment: Crest Haven Memorial Park, Claremont, at 3:30 p.m 


      James Leroy Hayes, age 71, of Flora, Illinois, passed away Tuesday evening, February 21, 2023, at Willowbrook of Effingham.

      He was born June 29, 1951, in Lawrence County, the son of Raymond T. and Esther (Moran) Hayes.  He was united in marriage to Sarah B. Ferguson on September 16, 1989, at the Assembly of God Church in Flora, and together they have shared 33 wedding anniversaries.

      Jim worked for North American Lighting in Flora for 30 years as an Injection Molding Engineer.  He enjoyed playing golf with Sarah, attending the Flora Senior Center, and had helped at the food pantry.  He and Sarah have been members of the First Church of Flora.

      He is survived by his wife: Sarah Hayes of Flora; 2 sons: Scott Hayes (Kelly) of Sumner, and Chad Hayes of Sumner; 7 grandchildren: Izabel, Kayla, Lennon, Holden, Drayden, Colton, and Payton; siblings: Jack (Pat) Hayes of Olney, Bob (Dee) Hayes of Bridgeport, Ellen (Chuck) Mortenson of Midwest, Wyoming, Mike (Sheila) Hayes of Sumner, and Kathy Slichenmyer of Olney; a brother-in-law: Dan Piper of Bridgeport; a sister-in-law: Penny Hayes of Sumner; and many nieces, nephews, and extended family.

      He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings: Dolores (Wilbur) Cummins, Thelma Piper, Evelyn (Charlie) Ledbetter, and Kenny Hayes; and a brother-in-law: Joe Slichenmyer.

      A visitation will be from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, 2023, at First Church of Flora (203 East 3rd Street.) A funeral ceremony will begin at the church at 1 p.m. with Jim Earleywine officiating.  The interment will be at Crest Haven Memorial Park, Claremont, at 3:30 p.m.  Memorial donations are suggested to either Clay County Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry or Meals on Wheels and will be accepted through the funeral home.  Arrangements are by Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora.  To share a condolence or memory, visit:    


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Rhesa Eckelberry

February 22nd

Dear Sarah, I'm so sorry for your loss. May Angels be surrounding you with peace, strength & comfort

Sharon David

February 23rd

Such a good guy. I enjoyed working with him at NAL. Sarah and family I am so sorry for your loss.

Brenda Kling

February 22nd

So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

Susan & Chad King

February 23rd

Sorry for your loss. Prayers for the family.

Nancy Dehart

February 23rd

Sarah, I am so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Prayers for you in the days to come. Lots of great Penny Bingo memories! He will be missed.

Carl and Brenda Bandy

February 23rd

Sarah, we are so sorry for your loss. We have you in our thoughts and prayers. ❤️

Cathie Jane Lindsey Davis

February 23rd

My heart and prayers go out to you Sarah and your family. Wish I had got to meet Jim. I love you Sarah!

Wanda and Ed Harrell

February 22nd

Sorry for your loss. Praying for Gods comfort and peace for you and your family. Love and prayers 🙏❤️

Judy Griffith

February 23rd

Sarah and family, you are in my thoughts and prayers. You have definitely lost a good man. Jim was a good friend to us. Now he and Larry are together again. ❤️

Larry Hasler

February 24th

Sorry for your loss

Berenice Brown

February 24th

Sorrow is a part of life, but, so difficult. You and family have my prayers.

Jacque Davis

February 23rd

So blessed to get to know the sweet man that made one of my best friends so happy. Hugs and prayers for you , Sarah.

Terry and Margie Moore

February 24th

Sarah, loved that man so much. He will be missed. Will buy lottery ticket with his name on it. Remembering your wedding day so long ago, you both were so happy. Will be thing of you.

John & Lisa Haycock

February 23rd

So sorry for your loss. Heaven gained a special angel for sure..we enjoyed working with Jim at NAL Also have been very blessed to have been in Gods house with him. Praying you find some peace and comfort in the days and weeks ahead….Big hugs

Vince Guerrettaz

February 23rd

So sorry about your loss. Such a nice neighbor! May he rest in peace in Heaven.

Annie Lewis

February 23rd

So sorry Sarah hoping for peace at this time,

Ruth Hebron

February 23rd

My thoughts and prayers are with you, Sarah. I’m so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. He was a good man and I will cherish the memories of the times I helped care for him.

Terri Ettleson

February 23rd

Sarah, my heart goes out to you. You are in my prayers. I live in Virginia now. You are always welcome to visit.

Larry, Alice & Randy Childers

February 23rd

Sarah, so very sorry to hear about Jim. He will be missed. Keeping you in prayer.

Robin & Sharla Todd

February 23rd

Sarah we are very sorry for your loss. Our time with you and Jim on numerous golf courses in years past will be a memory Sharla and never forget.

Mary Wilson

February 23rd

Hope you are doing ok. So sad that you didn't have more time together. Will be there for the funeral. Good to see his picture. Hope everything goes smoothly. May God comfort you and bring to your remembrance the blessings of the many years you shared.

Brad & Tina Briscoe

February 24th

So sorry Sarah, enjoyed talking with Jim. He has met his reward & we will see him again. Prayers for you & your family.

Melanie Lake

February 24th

Jim was a great guy. He would always joke around with me anytime he saw me in molding. My condolences to his family during this difficult time, praying for you all.

Paul & Jo Ann Rose

February 25th

So sorry to hear Sarah! Thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

Chuck Allison

February 25th

Sorry for your loss very good friend of mine heart of gold he was a good man he will be missed

Doris Stanfield

February 25th

Sarah, I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family.

Winford and Dawn West

February 27th

Please accept our sympathies for Jim's passing Sarah. Winford and I both enjoyed working with and just visiting with him. He always had a smile and would be willing to visit. He is going to be missed.


February 27th

Such a pleasure being able to take care of a wonderful man. May you rest in peace Jim ❤️

Sabra VanDyke

March 4th

Sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. I will always remember Jim as a kind and gentle person who had a work ethic greater than most. He was a wonderful man.



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