Thurston Hayes

Obituary of Thurston Franklin Hayes

Thurston Franklin Hayes

Defuniak Springs, FL

(Formerly of Lansing, MI)


Thurston passed away April 22, 2019 on his 96th birthday.  He was born April 22, 1923 in Lansing, MI to Arba and Lila May (Oberlay) Hayes.  Mr. Hayes had been a resident of Defuniak Springs, FL since 2012, having resided in Lansing & Crystal MI for most of his life and retired from Motor Wheel after 30 years of service. He was in the US Army for 3 years during WWII and was awarded a Purple Heart for his brave and sacrificial service to our nation. He loved spending time with family and friends; and enjoyed people-watching, organizing, tinkering, spending time outside and traveling.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris Lee; son, Dennis; great-grandchildren, Renee and Matthew Robbins; sisters, Maxine Hayes Reeder, and Alma Hayes Darling; brothers, Arba Jr, Kenneth, Richard, Carl, and Jack Hayes; and parents, Arba and Lila Hayes.

Surviving are his 3 daughters, Linda Hayes Napper (Larry), Sherrie Hayes Wellman, and Wilhelmina Hodgson Anderson (Calvin); 2 sons, Kenneth Hayes and Thurston “Sonny” Hayes (Dea); 5 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 11 AM Friday, May 3, 2019 at Tiffany Funeral Home, 3232 W Saginaw, Lansing with Rev. James Robinson officiating. The family will receive friends 9:30 – 11 AM  prior to the service. Burial will follow at Deepdale Memorial Park.  Those desiring may make contributions to the BrightFocus Foundation online