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Mrs. Evelyn Arnold Hayes, 86, of Rocky Face, departed this life Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at Hamilton Medical Center surrounded by her loving family.
Evelyn was born March 22, 1931, in Catoosa County, a daughter of the late Jeff and Belle Stewart Arnold. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Joel Duene Hayes; son, Joel Dolan Hayes; brothers, Kenneth, Lewis and Paul Arnold; sisters and brothers-in-law, Edna and Guy Griffin, Marie and Smitty Smith and Mildred Bennett; special nephews, Kelly Griffin and Gary Bailey; great-nephew, Jeff Griffin; former son-in-law, Thomas Pullen.
Evelyn graduated from Westside High School, Reinhardt College and North Georgia College in Dahlonega. While at Westside and Reinhardt she played basketball, and she was chosen Miss Reinhardt. She taught second grade at Westside Elementary for 34 years. She loved going to garage sales. She always mapped out her route and could tell you where any street was in Whitfield County. She was a great artist and florist. For over 30 years she and her husband Joel did craft shows all around the area, with the main one being the Apple Festival in Ellijay. She took an active role in helping raise all her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchild. She was always at the softball field and basketball games cheering on her family. She was their biggest fan. She traveled all over for all-star tournaments and College World Series softball games.
Evelyn is survived by daughters and son-in-law, Felicia "Joelyn" and John Koerner of Rocky Face and Alethea Brown of Rocky Face; granddaughters and spouses, Danielle Baldridge, Jodi and Orville Stuckey, Brandi and Gary Robertson and Wimberly Owens; and great-grandchildren, Jordan, Shea and Camron Baldridge, Nick and Kenley Woods, Kayden and Wyatt Stuckey, Reid and Jessica Robertson, Dakota, J.T. and Chase Owens. She is also survived by a great-great-grandson, Gabriel Morrison; former son-in-law, Sam Brown; former grandson-in-law, Jerry Baldridge Jr.; several nieces and nephews; special friends; her fellow teachers; all her boys and girls she taught over the years; drivers of AmTran; and all her friends at the Dialysis Clinic.
Services to celebrate the life of Mrs. Evelyn Arnold Hayes will be on Friday at Ponders Melrose Chapel at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Ronald Guffey officiating. She will be laid to rest next to her beloved husband at Dunagan Cemetery with the drivers of AmTran serving as pallbearers. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday evening from 5 to 9.
Ponders Melrose Chapel, Dalton, (706) 226-4002, has charge of the arrangements.
Published on April 11, 2017
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