Willie L. Hayes
Willie, affectionately known as “Mookie,” was born July 9, 1951, in Canton, MS, to Percy Hayes and Annie Hayes.
On February 3, 1973, he was united in holy matrimony to Evelyn Kaye Sims, who survives him. The couple were married for 40 years, and to this union three children were born.
Willie accepted Christ into his life before his passing. Willie was a former veteran who served two years in the United States Army as a sharpshooter. He was an avid fisherman and hunter who loved the wilderness. Willie will be most remembered for the great love he had for his grandchildren and his heart of gold. Willie would give his last even if he didn’t have much.
Willie was a fighter even until the end when God called him home on Tuesday, October 1, 2013, at Presence St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, Illinois.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Percy and Annie Hayes.
He leaves to cherish his memories; his loving wife, Evelyn Hayes; his children Shawn (Valerie) Hayes, Kevin Ross, Dorthea Adams and Alicia Hayes; his sisters and brothers, Laverne Young of Dallas, TX, William Hayes of Jackson, MS, Shelia Cooper of Detroit, MI, Beverly Kay Travis, Robert Brown, Debra (Orrin) Prater and John Plump, all of Illinois; five grandchildren; Jordan, Justin, Marissa, Jaden and Aniyah; special friends, Robert Gholston, Robert Hester, Brian Kollomon and Herb; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 10, 2013, from
10:00-11:00AM at Shiloh Baptist Church, 18101 Oak Ave., Lockport, IL. Service at 11:00AM, Pastor Richard D. House,
officiating. Interment following at
Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, IL.
Minor-Morris Funeral Home
112 Richards St. (815) 723-1283