LELAND — Willie Sprunt Hayes, 89, died Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, at Liberty Commons Nursing Center, Wilmington. He was born June 11, 1931, to the late Ernest Hunter Hayes and Ethel Murrell Hayes.
Willie joined the U.S. Navy in 1948 and became seaman first class before returning home in 1953. After his time in the military, he became a business owner. Willie owned and operated Hayes Tire Center in Leland for many years. He was the business manager for carpenters local 1165 for several years and president of State Building Trades for four years. Willie was a member of Arab Shrine No. 145 New Bern and a member of justice. In 2017, he was awarded his 50-year pin with Shriners International.
Willie was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita Johnson Hayes; and all of his siblings.
He is survived by nephews, nieces, a sister-in-law and special friends.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Aug. 7, at Greenlawn Memorial Park Mausoleum. There will be a visitation one hour prior to the graveside service. Pastor Don Brown will be officiating.
Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, P.O. Box 12829, New Bern, NC 28561.
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