John E. Hayes, 70, of Springfield, went to be with his Lord and Savior, on Monday, October 31, 2011 in the Northeast Georgia Medical Center. He was born on April 21, 1941 in Springfield the son of Carroll and Edna (Riley) Hayes.
John never met a stranger, and was a friend to many. He retired from Navistar/International the 1st of March, 2011 with fifty-two years of service. John loved his job and he performed it well. The family had plans to spend time at their Georgia home, on the porch admiring John's beloved mountains; which reflected God's wonderful artwork. He was in the mountains, where Jesus came to take him home. John was diagnosed with lymphoma shortly after retirement. John repeated many times, "God and Dr. Singh; whom He gave knowledge to treat this disease, are fighting my battles. I am only the battleground. If they win, I win! IF they lose, I still win meeting and spending eternity with my Lord and Savior. Where we as believers, will join as we each make the journey home, as we're called one by one."John and family attended Berea Bible Church for many years.
He is survived by his wife of forty-seven years, Sharon (Morehart) Hayes, three daughters and two sons-in-law: Michele and Tom Murphy of Hillard, Nicole Huffman of Xenia, and Simone and David McDuffie of Springfield; six grandchildren and their spouses: Jennifer (Stephen) Garrett, Lindsee (Cody) Leiter-Smith, Jonathan McDuffie, Branden McDuffie, Molly Murphy, and Meghan Murphy; one great granddaughter, Kohlie Grace Garrett, two sisters and brothers-in-law: Marilyn and Harry Schetter of Springfield, and Lynda and Dr. William Craver of Tennessee; one brother, James C. Hayes of Springfield, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, David Hayes, and son-in-law, Alan Huffman.
A celebration of his life will be held on Sunday, November 13, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. in the LITTLETON & RUE FUNERAL HOME with Pastor Gary Day officiating.
Immediately following the service there will be a time of fellowship and a catered meal at the UAW Local 402 Union Hall.
John thought flowers were for the living so in lieu of them, memorial donations may be made to either the Springfield Regional Cancer Center, 148 W. North St., Springfield, OH 45504, Berea Bible Church, 3850 Derr Rd., Springfield, OH 45503 or the North East Georgia Medical Center, 743 Spring St., Gainesville, GA 30531.
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