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Calvin Monroe Hayes – April 9, 2015

Hayes Obit PicCalvin Monroe Hayes, 85, of Sunray, died Thursday, April 9, 2015.

Memorial services will be at 2:00 P.M., Monday, April 13, 2015, at the Sunray Church of Christ with Jonathan Zerby, minister and Tommy Long, pastor at the Cowboy Church in Dumas, officiating.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Dumas, 500 N. Maddox Ave.

Calvin was born on August 23, 1929, in Hollis, Okla. to Burt and Grace Hayes. He married Wanda Sue Brawley on July 22, 1950.  He served as a Sgt. in the Army while based in Germany during the Korean Conflict.  Calvin was a hardworking cowboy who loved being on a horse and loved a good laugh.  He was a man of many talents who earned his living with his hands and wits, mostly.  Through the years, he ran cattle, bought and sold cattle for others, cut and bailed hay.  Later in life, he was a co-owner/operator of Calson Greyhound Farms.

He taught his kids, grandkids, several other local kids and his nephews a strong work ethic.  He taught us the value of hard work, but also that it’s ok to have fun while doing it.  He never missed an opportunity to pull a prank or make (what Sue called) a “smart” remark.

Calvin was a son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend.  He was always quick to lend a helping hand to someone in need.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Burt and Grace Hayes; his wife, Wanda Sue Hayes; a sister, Joyce Putnam; a brother, Kenneth Hayes; and twin grandsons, Calvin and Travis.

He is survived by a son, David Hayes and wife Dyane of Thoreau, N.M.; two daughters, LaDonna Dement of Quanah; Lisa Crowe and husband Barry of Sunray; one brother; four sisters; 10 grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

The family suggests memorials be sent to Coldwater Manor Nursing Home, P.O. Box 1189, Stratford, Texas, 79084 or to the High Plains Children’s Home, P.O. Box 7448, Amarillo, Texas  79114.


  • Delbert Thomas Posted April 11, 2015 8:56 am

    David, LaDonna,Lisa & families,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. Calvin was a good guy and friend. I’ll miss him and here’s hoping the Lord sends y’all a special blessing during this difficult time. We buried my Dad 3 weeks ago, so I can relate. I have you in my thoughts & prayers. In sympathy & friendship,

  • Kim Barton Posted April 12, 2015 9:20 am

    I worked for Calvin for 2 summers baling and hauling hay. He was a great teacher and very patience with a young kid. He taught the value of doing what you say you are going to do. I will also remember the things he taught me about life. He will be missed. I have you my prayers. Kim

  • David and Lynn Block Posted April 12, 2015 11:59 am

    So sorry for your loss Hayes Family

  • David and Lynn Block Posted April 12, 2015 11:59 am

    So sorry for you loss Hayes family

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