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Elsie Wilkins Hayes

Elsie Wilkins Hayes, 92, peacefully went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, May 26, 2020.  Born in Suffolk, Virginia to the late William and Helen Wilkins, she was predeceased by her husband, Thurman R. Hayes, Sr., and infant son.

Elsie was a longstanding and active member of First Baptist Church and the Eunice Sunday School Class. Other than being with her family, church was the place she most loved to be.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Jennifer Hayes Ward and her husband, Ronnie; her son, Dr. Thurman Rawls Hayes, Jr. and his wife, Melissa; grandchildren, Jessica Ward Carpenter (Roger), Brandon Ward, Caleb Hayes, Courtney Hayes, and Cassidy Hayes; great-grandchildren, Zoey and Brody Carpenter; sisters, Louise Benton, Ann Wheeler, and Audrey Robertson.

A service will be held Friday, May 29, 2020 at 11 AM at First Baptist Church with burial following afterwards at Holly Lawn Cemetery.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service in the Family Life Center.

The family would like to especially thank Beverly Holland for the wonderful care and friendship she provided.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church.  R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory, Suffolk is serving the family. Condolences may be registered at RWBakerFH.com.

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Your parents were sweet friends to my parents. Praying for you in the days ahead as you honor your mom...

Patricia Gatling Middlebrooks May 13 2021 12:00 AM

Dear Jenny and family, I know you will miss your precious Mom; but I know you were always there for her and will have the Lord's Peace. She is now with Jesus, your Dad and her infant son. Praying the Holy Spirit will give you all the comfort you need at this difficult time.

Ruth Ann Casey May 13 2021 12:00 AM

Dear Jenny and family, I am so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. I pray God will comfort you all in this difficult time. I am so glad you had her with you for so many years Remember all the good times! Love you! Janet Brinkley

Janet Brinkley May 13 2021 12:00 AM

I have fond memories of your dear Mother as my Sunday School teacher many years ago. May God comfort you in the days ahead.

Dana Rountree May 13 2021 12:00 AM